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:
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. <saml75@yahoo.com>

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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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When Bruce Lee was slated to star, he met with Roman Polanski in Switzerland in the hope that he might direct. See more »


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


Morthond: One year ago, I took a vow of silence!
Cord: And when did you break it?
Morthond: Now!
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Referenced in Kung Fu Panda (2008) See more »

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The more you see it, the deeper it gets
25 October 2003 | by (Hobart, Tasmania) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I loved just about everything about it. It has the perfect mix of philosophy, humor and martial arts. It's not, as far as I'm concerned, a martial arts movie.

It's an attempt to explain Eastern teachings to Western audiences. Whether it succeeds or not, depends on your attention span and how carefully you're watching. This is NOT a movie to watch while doing other things.

My favorite scene in the movie is Eli Wallach, who plays the man in oil. He's sitting in a cauldron in the middle of the desert, punishing himself for his own lust. Too funny.

I highly recommend this movie for anyone looking for something deep and different.

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