Circle of Iron (1978)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  25 July 1978 (France)
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A young martial artist embarks on an adventure, encountering other martial artists in battle until one day he meets an aging blind man who will show him the true meaning of martial arts and life.



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Complete credited cast:
Jeff Cooper ...
Morthond (as Anthony de Longis)
Earl Maynard ...
Erica Creer ...
Michael M. Vendrell ...
Martial Artist (as Michael Vendrell)
Leo Whang ...
Martial Artist
Donnie Williams ...
Martial Artist
Robert Gardner ...
Martial Artist
Tom Ascensio ...
Martial Artist


A young martial artist, Cord the Seeker, competes for and loses the right to go on a quest for the Book of All Knowlege held by a wizard named Zetan, but he goes along the path to seek Zetan anyway. Along the way, he meets strange tests and challenges by enemies and allies - often having difficulty determining which is which. Written by Sam L. <>

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It challenges your courage, tests your manhood and throws you into an arena of life and death. See more »


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Release Date:

25 July 1978 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Silent Flute  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Richard Moore was hired to direct this film because his work as a cinematographer convinced the producers that he could deliver a sound visual interpretation of the story. See more »


During the fight between Changsha and the Black Giant David Carradine's wig falls off after a high kick. See more »


Chang-sha: Have you eaten? Where's your drink? Your hand is empty.
Cord: Peace.
Chang-sha: [laughs] Don't wish it on me. The whole world is in commotion and you wish me peace! I don't know what peace is, I don't want it. Don't you listen to the desert? Even when there's no wind the sand sings.
Cord: My name is Cord.
Chang-sha: Ha! You see? Cord!
Chang-sha: Play a Cord, strike a Cord? Even your name is a noise! What do you want, Cord? You want us to play on you? My wives can make your skin sing.
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Well, I liked it.
10 November 2004 | by (Atlantic Coast, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a silly movie and not for those who want credibility, realism, SFX, CGI, or The Rock. But, it is about some of the more exalted aspects of what it means to seek the limits of what you can do with a combination of your spirit and your self. Karate, kung-fu, la savate... they're all just ways to fight. This film is for those who know that ways to fight are stepping stones to something greater. It follows a man who does not know, but who is learning, that punching and kicking merely create freedom to explore and to learn; the benefits of his quest will come from something more than his physical self can achieve.

It's not a great movie, but it addresses great questions and, if you look at it through the lens of metaphor, it can point you towards an answer or two. As well as that, it's a punctuation mark--if not a prose passage--from the '80s era of movies that asked us to keep believing things we knew were probably not true, but would be oh-so-cool if they were.

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