Circle of Iron
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As other reviewers have mentioned, the martial arts fight scenes are certainly not Bruce Lee, however, the "odd" fighting styles of the actors sort of add to the surreal almost magical atmosphere of this film. The movies strength does not come from its martial arts, but rather its beautiful philosphy, wonderful cinematography and breathtaking locations. The movie was filmed entirely on location in India.
The story revolves around Cord the Seeker, who is really sort of an "everyman" that attempts to find a Book of Enlightenment by defeating one master warrior after another (ala 'Game of Death'). David Carradine plays several roles in this film, each one using different styles. Though Carradine at the time was a beginner martial artist, his physical presense and movement is interesting to say the least and makes for an entertaining fight scene. Carradine also plays a blind martial arts/Zen master that helps to guide Cord. For fans of the 70's tv series, Kung Fu it's enjoyable to see Carradine finally take his place as the heir of Master Po.Read more ›
Jeff Cooper (Cord), however, is not a very good "seeker." Besides a couple one liners here and there, he just is not believable as the seeker. This in part due to average acting ability and his martial arts skills, or the lack there off, are extremely noticeable. This is not to say Carradine is a great martial artists, he is not, but he is able to pull it off - Cooper is not. Lastly, Cooper got the role when it was first casted for karate legend Joe Lewis(as least rumored so). Lewis would have been a much better fit and it would have naturally brought up the martial arts fight scenes to an acceptable and more enjoyable level.
The film quality is good, the sound track a little too much 70s TV sounding, but the sights are great, while the martial arts sequences are lacking technique and excitement. The movie, however, is a good guilty pleasure. It has enough fortune cookie philosophy to instruct, but not to be taken too seriously (after all, the movie's thesis, discovered at the end of the movie, logically fails). The movie has much of Bruce Lee's fighting philosophy (good) and Zen philosophy (muddled at best) and the movie is escapists enough to bring about a learning, yet, entertaining evening.Read more ›
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Might be the cheesiest movie in my martial arts collection with some of the worst fight choreography I've ever seen, but the fact that Bruce Lee and James Coburn had a hand in it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kona Joe
for those who want to understand the spirit of martial arts, this is a must. It's a little hard to stay with it at times, but the overall message is enlightening. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William Hearn