Circle of Iron (1979)
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Five years after his untimely death, Lee's vision project was finally made. Whether or not it's truly his vision, the world will never know. One thing is for sure though - this is one confusing, self indulgent and often tedious film.
By downplaying the physical and emphasizing the cerebral (or in some cases, the spiritual) Lee was looking to take the genre to another level. For that alone (Circle of Iron) is very important.
(The) total lack of unity, while seen as CIRCLE OF IRON's greatest liability, could also, however, be its biggest asset
Audience Reviews for Circle of Iron
One of the most bizarre, silly and amazing kung-fu movies. Much like with Enter The Dragon, this is another influence of Mortal Kombat. To say that Bruce Lee would have been better in David Carradine's role(s) is a completely crazy. Carradine is less about the actual skill and more about creating a character and is certainly a better actor. Some of the actions in this movie are downright disturbing, the character of Cord is always laughing and running around like a complete madman. However, this is a must see movie that should be viewed in the context of when it came out.
Slightly terrible martial arts film that drowns in too much philosophical mumbo jumbo and not enough action and poor performances by it's lead actor, although David Carradine (in four roles none the less) tries valiantly to save the film but it's script is so horrible, that isn't possible.
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