The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
Directed by Chang Cheh
The Golden Sword school is attacked by bandits. The servant Fang Cheng sacrifices his life to protect his master Qi Rufeng. In gratitude, Qi Rufeng accepts the dying Fang Cheng's son, Fang Gang, as his student. Years later, Fang Gang is scorned by his snobbish fellow students because of his poor background. Deciding that he will only cause trouble for his master Fang Gang leaves the school only to run into his classmates and his master's spoiled daughter, Pei-er. In the ensuing fight Fang Gang's right arm is cut off by Pei-er, who is angry at being defeated by him. Stumbling away, Fang Gang falls off a bridge into the passing boat of a peasant girl Xiaoman.
Xiaoman nurses him back to health and the two fall in love. Fang Gang is nevertheless depressed as he is unable to practice his swordmanship. Reluctantly, Xiaoman gives him a half burnt kung-fu manual which she had inherited from her now dead parents. With its help Fang Gang is able to master a new one-armed style of swordplay, making him stronger than before.
Meanwhile master Qi Rufeng is preparing for his 55th birthday and has invited all of his students to the celebration to choose a successor from amongst them so that he can retire from the martial arts world. However, his old enemies the Long-armed Devil and the Smiling Tiger Cheng are taking the opportunity to destroy Qi Rufeng. Using a specially designed "sword-lock" they ambush and kill Qi's students travelling to the celebration.
Fang Gang inadvertently learns of the plot and, breaking his promise to Xiaoman not to involve himself in the martial arts world, rushes to save his master. He is delayed en route by the Long-armed Devil's accomplices and when he arrives the Long-armed Devil has already killed most of the students and wounded Qi Rufeng. In a vicious battle Fang Gang manages to kill the Long-armed Devil, but chooses to return to Xiaoman and become a farmer, instead of taking his master's place at the school.