The Adventure Epic Written By Bruce Lee His Dream Project He Would Never Live To See!
At the height of his international fame, the legendary Bruce Lee along with his friend and student James Coburn and Oscar®-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant began to write what he believed would be the greatest achievement of his film career. Five years after his mysterious death, Lees vision would finally be realized. David Carradine (KILL BILL), Christopher Lee (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Roddy McDowall (PLANET OF THE APES) and Eli Wallach (THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY) star in this acclaimed cult hit that brings Lees personal philosophy to the screen with a still-potent combination of mysticism, humor and martial arts mayhem.
CIRCLE OF IRON also known as THE SILENT FLUTE has now been remastered from its original negative and features exclusive Extras that honor the legacy of Bruce Lee, including an all-new interview with David Carradine.
"The Most Elaborate And Most Beautiful Martial Arts Film To Ever Come Our Way!" The New York Post
"Striking And Surrealistic!" The Soho News
Playing The Silent Flute: Interview With Star David Carradine
Audio Commentary with Director Richard Moore
Bruce Lee's The Silent Flute: A History By Davis Miller & Klae Moore (text essay)
Alternate Title Sequence
Poster & Still Galleries
First Draft Script By Bruce Lee, James Coburn & Stirling Silliphant (DVD-Rom)
Bruce Lee and James Coburn conceived the story for this unusual blend of fantasy, martial arts adventure, and Zen mysticism that should please cult-movie collectors and action aficionados with a taste for the offbeat. The bland but serviceable Jeff Cooper stars as a lone warrior who sets out to find the mysterious Book of All Knowledge. He faces numerous physical challenges on his journey, chief among them David Carradine in four roles (including a half-man, half-monkey), as well as numerous philosophical conundrums. While the dialogue by Sterling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night
) and Stanley Mann (Eye of the Needle
) occasionally teeters into self-parody, the action and pace rarely lags, and the fine supporting cast, which includes Christopher Lee, Eli Wallach, and Roddy McDowall, lends a degree of gravity to the proceedings. One wonders how the film would have played with Lee in the cast (it had been a pet project of his for years, but was completed years after his death), but the end result is certainly watchable and entertaining. Blue Underground's DVD includes a wealth of extras, including a typically laid-back interview with Carradine, commentary by director Richard Moore, trailers and TV spots, an alternate title sequence, and, most intriguing of all, Lee's original script with Coburn and Silliphant (accessible only via DVD-ROM). --Paul Gaita