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Cantonen Iron Kung Foo (1979)

Guangdong tie qiao san (original title)
A ruthless warlord from the north of China has come south to take control of the province of Canton. However, Canton's hero "Iron Bridge Sam" a local coolie has other Ide.


Chiu Lee


Chiu Lee, Hsin Wei


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Credited cast:
Ka-Yan Leung ... Iron Bridge Kun (as Leung Kar Yan)
Hua Chung Ting Hua Chung Ting ... Young Rascal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kuo Chung Ching
Yi-Hsia Fang Yi-Hsia Fang
Han Chang Hu
Chung Huang Chung Huang
Fei Kao Fei Kao ... Master Chu
Chun Fai Lau
Chiu Lee
Teng-Tsai Li Teng-Tsai Li ... (as Tung Tsai Li)
Fei Liu Fei Liu
Chi Lo
Chin Ku Ma
Li-Pao Ou Li-Pao Ou
Te-Yun Pei


A power-hungry man forces the townspeople in a small village to a fight-to-the-death kung fu match. When one of his friends are killed, Iron Bridge Kun (Leung Kar Yan) learns kung fu from a mysterious man named Jin and tries to defeat the bad guy and his fighters. Will his skills be good enough to protect the town? Cantomen Iron Kung Fu is a 1979 Hong Kong martial arts movie.

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Hong Kong


Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Cantonen Iron Kung Foo See more »

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Chao Lik Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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CANTONEN IRON KUNG FU - The exploits of "Iron Bridge"
7 December 2002 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

CANTONEN IRON KUNG FU (1979) offers the rather unusual touch of having all of its characters be working men or merchants based in a town in Kwangtung province in the south of China. Leung Kar Yan (aka Liang Chia Ren) plays Liang Kun, a common laborer who finds little use for his kung fu skills except for occasional challenges from other workers. At some point, three fighters show up in town to help a reclusive local merchant take over the trade routes from the north which pass through the town. A local kung fu-fighting merchant stands up to them but dies in his one big fight with the thugs, but not before passing on many of his techniques to Liang Kun, who puts on such a show of force that he's dubbed "Iron Bridge Kun" by the townsfolk. A mysterious stranger shows up also and turns out to be on the trail of the corrupt merchant, who had left a sinister past up north and taken on a new identity in Kwangtung. All this leads to a pair of superb fight sequences in the woods outside of town late in the film.

The plot is rather slight and a bit confusing at times. The fight sequences are well staged and well shot although they come late in the film and are not framed against any interesting backgrounds. There are some good training sequences featuring the star in which he makes use of slender tree limbs, lots of rope and metal bonds. The direction (by Li Chao) is competent but lacking any distinct imaginative touches. The cast is largely unfamiliar, except for star Leung Kar Yan (who's much better used in such films as SLEEPING FIST, THUNDERING MANTIS and LEGEND OF A FIGHTER); Wang Chung (a former Shaw Bros. supporting player), who plays the sympathetic stranger; and the always dependable Kao Fei (aka Phillip Ko) who turns up as the main villain.

The opening narration invokes the famed "Ten Tigers of Kwangtung" (a band of 19th century Cantonese kung fu experts who were featured in a movie of their own by that title), but there is never any mention of them in the film itself.

The real distinction of this film, however, is its availability in a letter-boxed DVD transfer made from a pristine 35mm print. Rarely do we get to see old-school kung fu films in such high-quality editions. The fact that it's a lesser film means less than the fact that such a great-looking print simply has to be seen by kung fu fans anyway.

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