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Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
25 July 1978 (France) See more »
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Bruce Lee's spirit lives in ... Circle of Iron See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Carradine ... The Blind Man / Monkeyman / Death / Changsha
Jeff Cooper ... Cord

Christopher Lee ... Zetan

Roddy McDowall ... White Robe

Eli Wallach ... Man-in-Oil

Anthony De Longis ... Morthond (as Anthony de Longis)
Earl Maynard ... Black Giant
Erica Creer ... Tara
Michael M. Vendrell ... Martial Artist (as Michael Vendrell)
Leo Whang ... Martial Artist
Donnie Williams ... Martial Artist
Robert Gardner ... Martial Artist
Tom Ascensio ... Martial Artist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heinz Bernard ... Ferryman (uncredited)

Vincent Di Paolo ... Warrior (uncredited)
Larry S. Dratch ... Arena Announcer (uncredited)
Dov Friedman ... Young Monk (uncredited)
Jeremy Kaplan ... Monkeyboy (uncredited)
Paul Maslansky ... Student at Temple (uncredited)
Elizabeth Motzkin ... Japanese Woman (uncredited)
Ronen Nabah ... Beautiful Boy (uncredited)
Bobby Ne'eman ... Thug Leader (uncredited)
Michal Nedivi ... Boy's Mother (uncredited)
Zipora Peled ... Ferryman's Wife (uncredited)
Kam Yuen ... Red Band (uncredited)
Nissim Zohar ... Boy's Father (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Moore 
 
Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) and
Stanley Mann (screenplay)

Bruce Lee (story) &
James Coburn (story) and
Stirling Silliphant (story)

Produced by
Sandy Howard .... producer
Paul Maslansky .... producer
Zvi Spielmann .... associate producer
Richard R. St. Johns .... executive producer (as Richard St. Johns)
Alex Massis .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bruce Smeaton 
 
Cinematography by
Ronnie Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
 
Casting by
Ann Bell  (as Ann Hunter Bell)
 
Production Design by
Tambi Larsen 
 
Costume Design by
Lilly Fenichel 
 
Makeup Department
Moni Mansano .... makeup artist (as Moni Manzano)
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist (as Mike Westmore)
 
Production Management
Terence A. Clegg .... production supervisor (as Terry Clegg)
Gadi Levy .... production manager (as Gad Levy)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nissim Lvy .... assistant director (as Nissim Levy)
 
Art Department
Zion Kobi .... construction manager (as Zion Koby)
Jacob Kotzky .... assistant art director (as Yaako Kotzky)
Graham Sumner .... property master
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound re-recording mixer
Cyril Collick .... sound mixer
William Trent .... sound editor (as Bill Trent)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Caple .... mattes
 
Stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Joe Lewis .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Stone .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Ben Menahem .... gaffer (as Dany Ben-Menahem)
Eli Ben-Ari .... still photographer
Eddie Collins .... assistant camera
Simon Ransley .... camera operator
Shimon Sabach .... key grip
Ian Smith .... clapper loader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty St. Clair .... costume manufacturer
Rochelle Zaltzman .... wardrobe mistress (as Rochelle Saltzman)
 
Editorial Department
Christopher Lloyd .... assistant editor (as Chris Lloyd)
Noel Rogers .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicist (as Quinn Donaghue)
Beth Fishman .... production secretary
Joe Lewis .... martial arts coordinator
Jean Skinner .... script supervisor
Carmela Spencer .... production coordinator
Kam Yuen .... martial arts coordinator
 
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102 min
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According to a recent biography of Bruce Lee the film was intended to be shot in 1969 with Lee playing the 4 roles of The Blind Man, Monkeyman, Death and Changsha, and the lead role of Cord was offered to Steve McQueen. McQueen however turned down the role after remarking that he wasn't prepared to make Lee a star, and instead it was offered to James Coburn. Disagreements over location shooting (Lee preferred India) led the film to be abandoned until after his death when the rights were acquired by David Carradine. Originally karate champion Joe Lewis was offered the role of Cord but declined as he was unwilling to work with Carradine. Jeff Cooper, a friend of Carradine's, finally took the part and Lewis ended up supervising the re-shooting of some of the fight scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the fight between Changsha and the Black Giant David Carradine's wig falls off after a high kick.See more »
Quotes:
Cord:How long have you been blind?
Blind Man:How long have you been blind?
Cord:I'm not blind.
Blind Man:Am I?
Cord:Do you answer every question with a question?
Blind Man:Do you question every answer?
Cord:Aww, talking to you is like talking to a wall.
Blind Man:Buddha once sat before a wall, and when he arose he was enlightened.
Cord:Do you compare yourself with Buddha?
Blind Man:(chuckles) No. Only to the wall.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Be the empty vessel, 5 November 2004
Author: CelluloidRehab (lelnu@yahoo.com) from Hell's Kitchen, NYC

This is the story and journey of a lone man, Cord (played by Canadian Jeff Cooper), who is in search of Zetan and his book of knowledge. Along the way he meets many people and has to overcome several trials.

The story was original conceived by Bruce Lee, with help from James Coburn. In the meantime Bruce left for Honk Kong (Golden Harvest) to make what would be his series of movies that would immortalize him. This movie was resurrected after Bruce's untimely death.

What would have been Bruce's role, as the blind mystic/martial arts flute player with a bell on his toe, went to the universal Bruce Lee role acquiring machine that is David Carradine. In David's defense he does play 4 roles in this movie and is the saving grace of the movie. Jeff Cooper painfully interprets Cord, the hero. He almost lacks any emotion even when annoyed or angry his face is strangely serene and on the verge of a smile. He obviously spent time working out, but little to no time in a dojo. Also what's up with the hair ?? David's problem lies in his "martial arts" skills and his fortune cookie kung-fu babble. The movie seems like an extended version of the TV series that David was in (Kung Fu).

There are problems with this movie. Initially the movie was to take place in the East (China, Thailand, etc) to correspond with the various themes of the movie (Taoism, Zen Buddhism, etc). Instead the movie was filmed in Israel. The landscapes and backdrops are at times breathtaking, just out of place. This along with the crappy martial arts choreography (think Dolemite) and the repetition of extras gives the movie the feel of a Conan knock-off.

There are also some nice cameos by Roddy McDowall, Christopher Lee and Eli Wallach. The man in oil scene is priceless. Throughout all this if one pays attention, one can pick up a lot of Bruce's beliefs and philosophies. One can only wonder how good this movie would have been if Bruce would have been able to make it. I highly recommend this movie for fans of Bruce and the martial arts genre.

-Celluloid Rehab

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