Spoiler Alert: There are major spoilers in this list. I mention how major characters die.
THE ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN
The Arm-Cutting Scene
BUTTERFLY AND SWORD
This is one of the more bizarre entries. In Butterfly and Sword one of the villains is on the receiving end of a rather elaborate charge. The hero uses Lady Ko's sleeve as a kind of bow to launch his body and sword toward Lord Suen Yuk Pa. This allows him to stab through Lord Suen's body. He literally passes his entire body through Suen's belly and out the other side in a case of full body impalement.
Maiming at the Pavilion
I consider this a defining moment in Lady Hermit, when she is bent of vengeance and strikes her foes in a garden pavilion. What follows encapsulates so much about the spirit of the genre. Lady Hermit tracks down the men responsible for killing her ally Mr. Wang, when she finds three of the killers she says "I want your head. I want your shoulder. I want your leg" then proceeds to make good on her threat severing each limb in turn. Part of the reason this works is Cheng Pei-pei's intensity. It is also perfectly conceived. The scene occurs below at the 1:15 mark.
INTIMATE CONFESSIONS OF A CHINESE COURTESAN
|Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan|
NEW DRAGON GATE INN
In New Dragon Gate Inn, the seemingly invincible villain, Tsao Siu-yan, charges at the hero only to be surprised by an attacker hidden in the sand. The assailant attacks with a flurry of short blades, peeling the skin from Tsao's leg. He looks down and the bone is entirely exposed. It is unexpected, vaguely humorous and memorable.