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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)




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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An enjoyable and quaint 1970's Martial Arts Movie from the Philippines with Black Male Leading actor
16 June 2005 | by move-7See all my reviews

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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January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Hong Kong, China See more »

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