The One Armed Executioner
From one of grindhouse cinema’s greats, comes a revenge tale replete with firepower, sensationalism and a surprising dose of melancholia.
Singapore PremierePhilippines / 1981 / 88MIN / English / NC16: Scene of Intimacy and Some Violence
With a wink at Chang Cheh’s seminal wuxia flick One-Armed Swordsman (1967), director Bobby A. Suarez’s 1983 “actionsploitation” film sets an Interpol agent on a punishing path of vengeance after both his arm and newlywed are eliminated by a drug syndicate.
The film’s richness and popularity as a B-movie classic teeters on Suarez’s wild fusion of recognisable local and global political references with elements from Hong Kong wuxia and kungfu genre films and Hollywood spy chronicles, including archetypal characters like an orientalised mentor figure and bumbling henchmen with witty comebacks. Subjecting its lead through action scenes probably too madcap for today’s production and safety standards, this incredibly fun film works to enter its internationalised hybrid hero with a one-armed mastery of kungfu and guns into the historical canon of agents in service of justice.
Organised with the support of the National Film Archives of the Philippines.
Cast & Credits
A notable figure in Filipino cinema, Bobby A. Suarez established his name as a B-movie maestro with his slew of exploitation classics including Bionic Boy (1977), They Call Her… Cleopatra Wong (1978) and Dynamite Johnson (1979). Closely associated with Singapore via co-productions and utilisation of local cast and locales in these films, Suarez passed on in 2010 at the age of 68.
Bobby A. Suarez
Ray Hamilton, Bobby A. Suarez
Franco Gurrero, Jody Kay, Pete Cooper