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Bamboo Gods and Iron Men -- An attempt is made by an underworld organization to recover a carved Buddha, in which is hidden a substance powerful enough to control the world.


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Ken Metcalfe (story) &
Joseph Zucchero (story)
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Release Date:
January 1974 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Cesar Gallardo 
Writing credits
Ken Metcalfe (story and screenplay) (as Kenneth Metcalfe) &
Joseph Zucchero (story and screenplay) (as Joseph Zucherro)

Produced by
Cirio H. Santiago .... producer
Original Music by
Tito Sotto 
Cinematography by
Felipe Sacdalan  (as Felipe J. Sacdalan)
Film Editing by
Gervacio Santos 
Art Direction by
Ben Otico 
Production Management
Aurelio R. Navarro .... production manager (as A.R. Navarro)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jun Amazan .... assistant director
Jun Gallardo .... associate director
Sound Department
Willie Arce .... field soundman
Demetrio de Santos .... sound engineer
Other crew
Omar Camar .... aikido instructor
Jun Santos .... kung fu instructor
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
Augusto Aprica .... acknowledgment: Custom Collector, Port of Manila (as Mr. Augusto Aprica)
Osmundo M. Victorino .... acknowledgment (as Lt. Col. Osmundo M. Victorino)

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Also Known As:
"Bamboo Gods & Iron Men" - USA (poster title)
"Black Kung Fu" - Philippines (English title)
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Australia:93 min | USA:96 min
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A cut above typical Filipino product of the time, 15 April 2003
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

Almost forgotten today, this combination of blaxploitation & kung-fu is pretty watchable. Not great or anything to really seek out, but it does manage to keep your attention throughout. The martial arts fights are "old school", but they manage to be both realistic and pretty exciting. The humor is pretty broad at times, but there is some amusement at times.

Strange that despite all the sexy ladies on display, there is only one sequence of nudity - and it's from the Asian lead! In fact, the Asian lead seems to be made fun of and pushed/slapped about a lot, and this treatment at times is a bit hard to sit through.

The screenplay shows signs of being hastily put together without being seriously reviewed for weaknesses and plot holes. For example, the origin of the Asian lead isn't really explained too much. Also, the movie ends with some minor but noticable plot threads left hanging. But the whole thing is lensed well (it looks more expensive than other Filipino movies of the era), and adding that to the other positives, people who have an interest in Filipino exploitation and/or drive-in exploitation will probably be pleased enough by this.

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