Man of Iron

1972 [CHINESE]

Action / Drama


Top cast

Bolo Yeung as Chin Hsi Fu
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909.55 MB
Chinese 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 39 min
Seeds 1
1.65 GB
Chinese 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 39 min
Seeds 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Boxer from Shantung sequel and re-tread

MAN OF IRON is Chang Cheh's direct follow-up to his classic BOXER FROM SHANTUNG and once again features Chen Kuan Tai in the leading role, although for obvious reasons he plays a different character in this film (but still one much the same as his role in the first film). The story is set no less than 20 years after the events of the first movie so the setting is more modern day, which allows for some fun action scenes involving death by car and a bit where a motorbike is driven through a window.

The predictable story is the worst thing about this feature; it's merely a re-tread of the first film's plot but without any of the style or originality. Kuan Tai turns up in a part of Shanghai ruled over by vicious gangsters and soon finds himself subjected to threats and then violence by those he threatens to muscle in on. Peripheral characters are killed, Kuan Tai takes time out to romance Ching Li, and it all builds to a ferocious fight-filled climax. Bolo Yeung has a nice supporting role as a chief henchman who gets endlessly beaten up.

Thankfully MAN OF IRON is an action-packed film which helps to take your mind off the limitations of the plot. Kuan Tai has never been cooler than when wearing his high-collar leather jacket and the bad guys carry these foldable long knives which are truly wicked. The fighters are fast, bloody, and fantastic, and the best is saved for a wide-scale climax that deliberately references that of BOXER OF SHANTUNG with a few key differences (for one, it's set outdoors). The melodrama is heaped in and the violence is through the roof, so Shaw fans will be in their element.

Reviewed by BrianDanaCamp 6 / 10

MAN OF IRON – good Shaw Bros. vehicle for kung fu star Chen Kuan Tai

MAN OF IRON (1972) was positioned as something of a follow-up to BOXER FROM SHANTUNG (1972), the rise-and-fall story of Ma Yung Chen (also reviewed on this site), and it reunites the directors and some of the cast in a similar but much slighter tale of a lesser gangster's rise and fall in Shanghai. While the opening narration specifically recalls the events and tragic conclusion of BOXER, this one is set 20 years later in the same section of Shanghai but otherwise has nothing to do with the events or characters of the previous film.

It's basically a tale of gang warfare in post-war Shanghai (although the sets and most of the costumes look much older) that begins when an "upstart," Chou Lian Huan, played by Chen Kuan Tai (also the star of BOXER), takes a liking to the socialite mistress (Ching Li) of the son of the city's reigning crime boss (Yang Chih-Ching). He even rides a motorcycle through the patio doors of her elegant house and into the parlor and fights off her bodyguards to get her attention. The old crime boss, disgusted with his own son's wastrel ways, actually takes a liking to Chou and lets him have the woman. This provides a wedge for another crime boss to start a war to take over the city's criminal network.

To make a not-so-long-story short, Chou finds himself battling dozens of henchmen wielding clubs and knives (apparently no one has any guns left over from the war) in a series of brutal kung fu fights that are more realistic than usual because of Chou's strategy of ruthless thrusts, punches, kicks and elbow blows designed to maim and disable his opponents as quickly and surely as possible. Fortunately, the film is filled with such fights and they keep one's interest throughout.

The on-screen chemistry between Chen Kuan Tai and his female co-star, Ching Li (a leading Shaw Bros. star who was also in BOXER), is quite strong and includes some tender and romantic scenes (after, of course, she gets over his initial rough treatment of her).

Reviewed by ckormos1 7 / 10

Movie business rule one - If it works beat it to death!

The narrator begins with a helpful explanation of the chronology of this movie and "Boxer from Shantung" in which Chen Kuan-Tai ended up dead because of a belly full of axes. It is now 20 years later so call this movie a sequel or remake but it is actually neither. What is it? The best business model for making movies "Find something that works then beat it to death". Here we are beating to death the "new gangster comes to town with predictable outcome" plot. This is all done in a good way though so no complaints from this reviewer.

Chen Kuan-Tai starts out walking through town and looking good. It's all about the looking good and our hero nails it as the ladies in the audience drop to their fainting couches. He goes to the casino, wins big, beats up Bolo, then steals the loser's girl. What a manly man! Loser goes to his daddy who is a big gangster.

Alexander Fu Sheng has his first speaking role in this movie. He is the guy with the Raleigh bicycle. I noticed that detail because I ride a Raleigh bicycle but a much newer one. This is at about the 26 minute mark. Alex warns our hero about the ambush and our hero then proceeds to give them a demonstration of bicycle kung fu. This could be the first time bicycle style was ever shown on screen.

I rate this above average and it is on my list to watch again every few years as appropriate.

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