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Bamboo Gods and Iron Men (1974)

The Jefferson's honeymoon night in Hong Kong will be troubled by a number of people wishing to get hold of a Buddha statuette that the husband offered her when window-shopping that day. ... See full summary »


Cesar Gallardo


Ken Metcalfe (story and screenplay) (as Kenneth Metcalfe), Joseph Zucchero (story and screenplay) (as Joseph Zucherro)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Iglehart ... Cal Jefferson
Shirley Washington Shirley Washington ... Mrs. Jefferson
Chiquito Chiquito ... Charley
Marissa Delgado
Eddie Garcia
Ken Metcalfe ... Leo
Joseph Zucchero Joseph Zucchero ... (as Joe Zucherro)
Michael Boyet Michael Boyet
Robert Rivera Robert Rivera
Subas Herrero ... (as Zubas Herrero)
Leo Martinez
Benny Pestano Benny Pestano
Steve Alcarado Steve Alcarado
Robert Picate Robert Picate
Boy Picate Boy Picate


The Jefferson's honeymoon night in Hong Kong will be troubled by a number of people wishing to get hold of a Buddha statuette that the husband offered her when window-shopping that day. When the going gets rough, it helps that Cal Jefferson is a top American boxer. Written by Artemis-9

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From Harlem to Hong Kong they fear the name, the fame and the fury of Black Cal Jefferson, the Champ!


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Philippines | USA



Release Date:

January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bamboo Gods & Iron Men See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Overlooked Blax/Kung Fu Crossover flick
10 March 2002 | by kool-jSee all my reviews

One of the more obscure Blaxploitation titles, but not too shabby. James Iglehart plays professional boxer Cal Jefferson who's on honeymoon with wife Shirley Washington in Hong Kong. They bicker a bit and she's a prude, all in good fun. Cal saves a drowning (mute) Chinese man's life, and is repaid by his unwanted servility. Cal dubs him "Charlie" (his version of Chow-Li) and after Charlie proves his worth, he gets to tag along with the newlyweds. Meanwhile, there's a bald-headed dude, that's all into Eastern culture, and has stolen some magical, powerful substance, that of course[!], gets mixed up with Cal's luggage. There's some decent kungfu fighting, massage parlor scenes, the inimitable Eddie Garcia, kidnappings, and more kungfu fighting. Despite being of the generally more deliquent Phillipinian-lensed Blax-species, it features a sometimes tongue-in-cheek script with a good chemistry between the leads. I liked it! Not currently on VHS or DVD, so you'll have to go to one of your friendly internet sources for a copy.

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