Bamboo Gods and Iron Men (1974) Cesar Gallardo

Bamboo Gods and Iron Men (1974)
Genre: Blaxploitation | Kung Fu
Country: Philippines | USA | Director: Cesar Gallardo
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 95mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 716x388 - 23.976fps - 1.22gb

Boxer Cal Jefferson (a likable performance by James Iglehart) and his new wife (a winningly sassy portrayal by the foxy Shirley Washington) are spending their honeymoon in Hong Kong. They find their lives in great jeopardy after the gain possession of a carved wooden Buddha statue with a substance hidden inside of it that's powerful enough to control the world. Naturally, a nefarious underworld organization wants said statue for themselves. 

Director Cesar Gallardo, working from a blithely lightweight script by Kern Metcalfe and Joseph Zucherro, keeps the pace moving at a snappy clip, maintains an agreeably easygoing tongue-in-cheek tone and an amusing sense of good-natured silly humor throughout, makes the most out of the exotic locations, stages the plentiful martial arts fights with aplomb, and offers a generous amount of tasty gratuitous female nudity for good measure. 

The lively acting by the appealing cast keeps this movie humming: Iglehart and Washington make for charming leads, Chiquito makes a solid amiable impression as fiercely loyal mute Charley, Metcalfe slimes it up nicely as ruthless head villain Leo, Eddie Garcia likewise excels as Leo's vicious henchman Ambrose, Marissa Delgado also scores a bull's eye with her sexy turn as Leo's seductive main squeeze, and the always welcome Vic Diaz pops up in a small role as a friendly hotel clerk. Felipe Sacdalan's acceptable cinematography provides a pleasing sunny look. Tito Sotto's funky grinding score hits the right-on groovy spot. Total fluff for sure, but an enjoyable enough diversion just the same.

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