Bamboo Gods And Iron Men This movie has it ! The formula for fun and entertainment. OK so its lacking in some areas but for whatever it lacks it certainly makes up for in the humor and action department. This movie will certainly appeal to different range of people , including those who are into the Black Action movies of the seventies and fans of the seventies Martial Arts films. This movie is a combination of both genre’s.
The film starts off with an interesting almost surreal beginning and kicks off with a super funky 1970’s instrumental theme . The music is by Tito Sotto ! Tito Sotto who was also an actor ,later on became a senator in the Philippines. Among his other music work he composed the music for a film called Blind Rage , a movie which featured Leo Fong and Fred The Hammer Williamson. Anyway the other music throughout the movie ranges from good easy jazzy lounge to very funky.
The film itself starts off almost with a setting from a Hammer Horror film of the sixties or early seventies and one could almost think that they’re in store for something like The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires which was a Hammer / Golden Harvest . But thats where the similarity ends.
Instead the movie is about an Black American newly wed couple , a champion boxer and his bride on their honeymoon . And they get caught up in events because of reasons that aren’t apparent to them for quite a long time. Instead of being romantic with his beautiful bride (Shirley Washington) Cal Jefferson “The Champ” (James Iglehart)has to fend off assailants and can’t understand why they are after him or what they want.
There is something that the bad guys are after and will stop at nothing to get. Something very deadly ! Along the way they inherit a Chinese Mute companion who gets caught up in events and the action. He happens to be a skilled martial artist and these skills of his are put to good use.
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