Bamboo Gods and Iron Men

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Bamboo Gods And Iron Men
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Bamboo Gods & Iron Men movie poster
Directed by Cesar Gallardo
Produced by Cirio H. Santiago
Written by Ken Metcalfe, Joseph Zucchero
Starring James Iglehart, Shirley Washington, Chiquito, Ken Metcalfe, Eddie Garcia, Marissa Delgado
Music by Tito Sotto
Cinematography Felipe Sacdalan
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release dates
January 1974
Running time
96 min.
Country Hong Kong , Philippines
Language English

Bamboo Gods and Iron Men is a martial arts comedy set in the Philippines. It is considered a blaxploitation film.[citation needed] It was produced by American International Pictures.

It also featured some of the Philippines most respected and famous actors, Chiquito,[1] Vic Diaz,[2] and Eddie Garcia,[3] a veteran of more than 339 films.[3]

Two of the people involved in the film — actor and musician Tito Sotto and Chiquito — were to enter into politics in the Philippines. Tito Sotto later became a senator in the Philippines Congress and served two terms from 1992 to 2004.[4] Chiquito would eventually become Vice-Mayor of Makati as well as seeking election as a senator in 1992.[1][5]


James Iglehart plays African-American prize fighter Cal Jefferson who is on a honeymoon holiday in Hong Kong with his new wife played by Shirley Washington. Cal comes across a drowning Chinese man whom he jumps in the sea to save. This now revived and very grateful mute man turns out to be someone they cannot get rid of. They finally get rid of him or so it seems. They purchase an item in Hong Kong which becomes the center of a gang's attention. The gang led by Kenneth Metcalfe will stop at nothing to retrieve the item. They leave Hong Kong for Manila, the Philippines and find themselves being attacked with the mute Chinese man coming to their assistance.[6]


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  • Quentin Tarantino is writing a book called “Bamboo Gods, Iron Men and Wonder Women.”.[citation needed]
  • Tito Sotto who composed the music for the film later became a senator in the Philippines[citation needed]


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