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Ken Metcalfe (story) &
Joseph Zucchero (story)
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January 1974 (USA) See more »
From Harlem to Hong Kong they fear the name, the fame and the fury of Black Cal Jefferson, the Champ!
The Jefferson's honeymoon night in Hong Kong will be troubled by a number of people wishing to get hold... See more » | Full synopsis »
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An enjoyable and quaint 1970's Martial Arts Movie from the Philippines with Black Male Leading actor See more (5 total) »


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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable and quaint 1970's Martial Arts Movie from the Philippines with Black Male Leading actor, 16 June 2005
Author: Bill from United States

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.

All of this puts a bit of suspense into the movie and along with some good fight scenes and some comic moments thrown in this movie makes for an enjoyable film.

There is a good memorable climax and ending to this movie. This all makes sense and if you've forgotten what the story was about for some reason then this will remind you.

There is a good cast in this movie , James Iglehart some will recognize as Randy Black from Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls 1970 ... Angels Hard as They Come 1971 (a biker movie) . The lovely Shirley Washington as his bride , also Marissa Delgado , Chiquito ,Eddie Garcia and Ken Metcalfe star in this film. Also as a bonus you'll see Vic Diaz in a cameo role as a hotel clerk.

Out of the movies of this type and in this genre I would say that this is definitely one of the better ones . I can see most people watching this and enjoying it only a few very fussy people would possibly be disappointed.

And if there was anything more funky than the theme , what about the title ?

BAMBOO .... GODS .... AND .... IRON .... MEN

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