Iron Man (1973)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2000-12-28
Summary: Lots of action, variable quality
If you like lots of fighting, and you're not too fussy about how good it is, you'll love this film. What plot there is only serves to cause people to belt each other and join the fight scenes. The acting is stiff-upper-lip at best, and is full-on melodrama.
The main thing is the fighting. During the first half of the film, the fights are little more than brawling. I could detect no particular style used - just guys punching and kicking the bejesus out of each other. The second half is mainly taken up by a showdown in the Japanese camp in their martial arts room and the boxing tournament, which showcases several different styles. The lead actor, Wen Chiang Long, looks fierce and patriotic throughout, and his style seems to accentuate power. His main rival at the end, the incredibly ugly Yee Yuen, is a worthy opponent, and he's terrific to watch.
Once again, Nancy Yen is given star status, but doesn't have much to do.
In summary, not one of the great Joseph Kuo's great works, but not bad either.
Reviewer Score: 6