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仇連環 (1972)
Man of Iron

Reviewed by: Harlock
Date: 09/13/2007
Summary: Chen Kuan-Tai seal of Quality

Chen Kuan-Tai is again the star of this awesome movie.

All my prefered extras are in this movies so the fighting are really great.

Chen Kuan-Tai screen presence is really cool

Reviewer Score: 10

Reviewed by: cal42
Date: 09/11/2006
Summary: Boxer From Shantung Lite

Twenty Years after the events of BOXER FROM SHANTUNG, new kid on the block Qiu Lian Huan (Chen Kuan Tai) faces a similar problem when a rival gang takes a dislike to him. Matters are further compounded when Qiu takes a shine to the gang’s son’s “property” – his girlfriend (Ching Li).

MAN OF IRON is both a sequel and remake of BOXER FROM SHANTUNG, but isn’t as good by some considerable margin. For a start, the entire first act seems to be missing – we are left with no clue as to how or why Qiu came to be the head of his gang, which was the main point of BOXER. Furthermore, he’s not the most sympathetic of characters and it’s really hard to root for him.

This film doesn’t feel like a Chang Cheh film in many ways, and I suspect he didn’t have any real involvement with it (he’s again given co-directing credit along with Pao Hsueh-Li).

If you can look beyond its failings on the plot side, it does have some neat touches and lots of pretty decent fight action. It’s just that when all’s said and done, you get the distinct impression you’ve seen it all before.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 05/06/2006
Summary: 7/10 - solid Chen Kuan Tai vehicle

MAN OF IRON is somewhere between a sequel to and a remake of BOXER FROM SHANTUNG. Basically, 20 years later a similar character goes through a similar set of experiences, whilst looking more than a bit similar to Ma Yung Chen. Well, if it ain't broke and all that!

MAN OF IRON is less of an epic tale, cutting the story down to basics and focussing mostly on showing off Chen Kuan-Tai's charisma and martial artistry. Luckily he has an abundance of both, so the film needs little more than that to be enjoyable. It's well directed and lensed, and features some very good fight scenes (for the time). The story is just different enough to make it not feel too redundant :p

Not particularly original and a quite transparent cash-in on the success of BOXER, but who's to complain when you get another good film out of the deal? :)

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 12/21/2002

This flick is sort of a pseudo sequel to Boxer from Shantung, which also stars Chen Kuan Tai. The events that happen in this flick take place twenty years later after Ma Yung Chung's death by the Axe Gang in Shanghai. Will this film's character, Chow Yun Wan (also played by Chen Kuan Tai), suffer the same fate as the person whom is equated with? You bet. History does repeat itself. Forget the plot in this flick, its too simple. A cocky man named Chow Yun Wan (Chen Kuan Tai) gets on the wrong side of the son (Tien Ching) of local gangster (Yang Chih Ching). The gangster's son uses his power to send all his men to knock off the Chow’s men. Chow and his guys beat the hell out everybody. Meanwhile, another gangster (Chu Mu) is lurking in the shadows to take advantage of the situation. The only thing I like about this flick is Chen Kuan Tai. He looks so cool when trying to mack the sweetie (Ching Li) in this movie. He has on a cool pleather jacket and drives his motorcycle into her house by crashing through the window. He dismounts his bike with all this glass stuck in hands. Then he calmly starts pulling the glass shards out of his hand like it was nothing, while talking to his sweetie. He's the greatest! Chen Kuan Tai also has a good line when he's in the room with his sweetie. She's telling him not to go and fight because he is weak from his injuries. The cocky Chen Kuan Tai as Chow Yun Wan says, "Last night, you didn't think I was weak!". How hilarious!

Reviewed by: battlemonkey
Date: 12/21/1999

Tale of a man who rises through the bloody ranks of 1930sgangland.