6.0/10
144
4 user 2 critic

Return of the 18 Bronzemen (1976)

Yong zheng da po shi ba tong ren (original title)
Despite the national resistance, the Manchurians have taken over China, but the Ching Emperor fears that the Shaolin Temple disciples would overthrow the dynasty. So he disguises himself as... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Kuo

Writers:

Chien Chin (screenplay), Ting Hung Kuo (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During the Manchurian invasion of China, the son of the Ming Dynasty General takes refuge in the Shaolin Temple to learn martial arts, so that he may seek revenge for his dead father. But ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kuo
Stars: Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan, Peng Tien, Carter Wong
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two friends who long to be heroes join the fight against a Ching warlord and his students. They get help from a Kung Fu student and a rebel. They also save Hung Si Quan's life.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Jason Piao Pai, Feng Lu, Meng Lo
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Chien Sun, Meng Lo, Feng Lu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An assassin, trained in the use of a throwing weapon that can behead its victims from a distance, questions the morality of his missions and becomes a fugitive hunted by his former comrades.

Director: Meng Hua Ho
Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Feng Ku, Hung Wei
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Rescued from his house as a child and sent to the Shaolin Temple, Chu Shiao Chieh learns the martial arts and the virtues of patience and mercy. Upon reaching manhood, Chu sets out to ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kuo
Stars: Pao-Shan Chang, Shu-Tsai Chang, Ting Chao
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong
Stars: Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Once again we follow the ultimate playboy sword master, Chu Liu Hsiang, and his faithful friend, Yi Tien Hung, on another amazing adventure in Southeastern China. This time, our heroes make... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor
Stars: Lung Ti, Yun Ling, Tony Liu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A year after training young Jackie Chan in the Drunken Fist, Sam the Seed discovers he has a son, Foggy. He tries to train Foggy but to no avail. Foggy is then trained in Drunken Fist from ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang, Linda Lin
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A hot headed young butcher, who is also a kung fu disciple, gets embroiled in a feud with a rival shaolin temple.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Tak-Hing Kwan, Biao Yuen
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Skilled fighter Sung Li Ting is looking for a Kung Fu master who can beat him in battle and teach him new techniques. Shaolin monk Shao Si Yer introduces Sung Li to the Shaolin teachings, ... See full summary »

Director: Tso Nam Lee
Stars: Alexander Rei Lo, Shan Charng, Hui-Yun Li
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three North Shaolin teachers (Lu Feng, Chang Sheng, and Sun Chien) are called on by the Manchus to teach their soldiers and are urged to challenge the current South Shaolin teachers. They ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Feng Lu, Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan ... (as Polly Shangkuan)
Peng Tien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mei-Yi Chang Mei-Yi Chang
Pao-Shan Chang
Ting Chao
Chiu Chen Chiu Chen
Chien Chin Chien Chin
Kang Chin
Kuang Hu Kuang Hu
Fei Lung Huang Fei Lung Huang
Kuan-Hsiung Huang Kuan-Hsiung Huang
Hua-Liang Hung Hua-Liang Hung
You-Min Ko
Ting-Chun Lin Ting-Chun Lin
Li-Tsu Liu Li-Tsu Liu
Edit

Storyline

Despite the national resistance, the Manchurians have taken over China, but the Ching Emperor fears that the Shaolin Temple disciples would overthrow the dynasty. So he disguises himself as a disciple, in order to become a kung fu master and control the Shaolin monks. But according to custom, he must pass the test of the legendary 18 Bronzemen before he can leave the Temple... Written by Artemis-9

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Adventure | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

14 August 1976 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

The 18 Bronzemen Part 2 See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by The 18 Bronzemen (1976) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Carter Wong fights the Bronze Men again in awkward sequel
23 June 2002 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

RETURN OF THE EIGHTEEN BRONZEMEN (1976, aka 18 BRONZEMEN 2) is not exactly a sequel to THE 18 BRONZEMEN (listed on IMDB as EIGHTEEN BRONZEMEN) but simply revisits the same territory and actually remakes some of the same scenes. The same three lead actors return, but not in the same roles, and only one, Carter Wong, has a starring role. (The others are Polly Shang Kwan and Tien Peng.) While it boasts some imaginative Shaolin training scenes, the film suffers from the lack of a fully developed plotline and ends abruptly as if there were a sequel waiting in the wings. It's as if a storyteller stopped after introducing the characters and setting up the premise. (The story thread is picked up to some degree in BLAZING TEMPLE, also 1976, another film in director Joseph Kuo's Shaolin/Bronzemen series.)

Carter Wong plays Ai Sung-Chueh, the Fourth Prince, who uses forgery, deceit and assassination to position himself next in line for the Emperor's throne. Strangely, after his accession to the throne, he walks out on the court to go study incognito at Shaolin Temple to gain mastery of martial arts and get a sense of the burgeoning rebel movement. It seems foolish for a new Emperor to walk away for three years from a delicate political situation in which his plentiful enemies (including his brothers and the Emperor's ministers) will have ample opportunity to turn the tables on him and put someone else in power, especially when evidence of his trickery is so easy to turn up. But logic is not this film's strong suit.

The bulk of the film takes place at Shaolin as Carter undergoes three years of training and attempts to graduate by fighting the Bronze Men in a series of contests of strength and skill. (The Bronze Men include men in head-to-toe robotic outfits, more gold than bronze, and men painted gold who fight with swords, sticks and kung fu.) Tien Peng and Polly Shang Kwan show up briefly in separate scenes. Early on, Tien plays the fiance of a girl Carter had rescued and is challenged by Carter to demonstrate his kung fu. Carter's defeat at Tien's hands strengthens his resolve to go to Shaolin to study. Polly, dressed as a man (although not fooling any of her fans), shows up early to fight Carter after an incident in a teahouse and then fights him once again, much later, after his Shaolin training.

The Shaolin training scenes and battles with the Bronze Men take up nearly an hour of the film's running time and are beautifully staged and filmed on elaborate sets. Many viewers may ignore the lack of a strong plot structure and simply concentrate on the fights. Carter, a prolific if underrated kung fu star, is quite good here and the film serves as a spectacular showcase for his skills. He also plays a more interesting character than usual, someone driven to pass Shaolin's rigorous testing in record time, yet also ultimately committed to the Temple's destruction. The implications of these contradictory impulses, however, are never adequately explored. (Curiously, he never actually witnesses any evidence of rebel activity at Shaolin.) A Hong Kong import DVD offers a more complete version of the film than a widely available English-dubbed U.S. VHS edition which leaves out six scenes, including the final one.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed