Circle of Iron

Circle of Iron

Director: Richard Moore Cast: David Carradine, Jeff Cooper, Roddy McDowall

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This symbol-laden drama explores the inner mythology of martial arts practice and is based on a Bruce Lee story idea. The original screenplay was written by Bruce Lee, with help from actor James Coburn and screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. Lee was to take on the four-in-one role of guide in his film, leaving the hero's role to someone else. Following Bruce Lee's tragic death, the film was rewritten. David Carradine stepped in to play the mysterious guides to aspiring martial arts master Cord (Jeff Cooper). Cord lives in a desert-like world where nearly everyone he meets practices or has practised a martial art. He seeks to find the place where the true inner spirit of the martial arts is being taught. In a story which is imbued with Zen maxims and Asian philosophy, when Cord finally arrives, he finds less (and more) than he hoped for. While there are many combat and fight scenes, the general tone of the film is meditative. Cameo appearances by Roddy McDowall, Eli Wallach, and Christopher Lee supply many of the film's highlights.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2007
UPC: 0827058201292
Original Release: 1978
Rating: R
Source: Blue Underground
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 44,482

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1:; Audio commentary with director Richard Moore; Theatrical trailers; TV spots; Disc 2:; Playing the Silent Flute - Interview with star David Carradine; The Producer - Interview with co-producer Paul Maslansky; Karate Master - Interview with martial arts coordinator Joe Lewis; Audio interview with co-writer Stirling Silliphant; Bruce Lee's The Silent Flute: A History by Davis Miller & Klae Moore; Poster & stills galleries; First draft script by Bruce Lee, James Coburn & Stirling Silliphant (DVD-ROM)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Carradine Chang-Sha/The Blind Man/The Monkey Man /Death
Jeff Cooper Cord
Roddy McDowall White Robe
Eli Wallach Man in Oil
Erica Creer Tara
Christopher Lee Zetan
Anthony de Longis Morthand
Earl Maynard Black Giant
Dov Friedman Young Monk
Michael M. Vendrell Martial Artist
Zipora Peled Gerryman's Wife
Jeremy Kaplan Monkeyboy

Technical Credits
Richard Moore Director
James Coburn Original Story
Lilly Fenichel Costumes/Costume Designer
Sandy Howard Producer
Johannes Larsen Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Lee Original Story
Stanley Mann Screenwriter
Paul Maslansky Producer
Stirling Silliphant Original Story,Screenwriter
Bruce Smeaton Score Composer
Richard St. Johns Executive Producer
Ronnie Taylor Cinematographer
Ernest Walter Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Circle of Iron
1. Dedication/Main Titles [3:03]
2. Controlled Combat [4:48]
3. Intemperate Weapon [2:19]
4. Unlikely Allies [4:06]
5. The Blind Shepherd [2:34]
6. The Other Truth [3:54]
7. Way of the Monkey [4:57]
8. The First Trial [5:17]
9. Man Against Beast [3:42]
10. Vows of Chastity [4:49]
11. Flower in the Wilderness [5:54]
12. Victory in Loss [3:51]
13. Temptation [1:13]
14. The Principles of Lust [2:22]
15. Voice of Death [4:56]
16. An Empty Vessel [3:20]
17. Barbarian Invasions [6:22]
18. Obvious to a Blind Man [7:06]
19. Not the Same Cord [4:01]
20. The Final Trial [2:50]
21. Facing Zetan [4:20]
22. The Keeper of the Book [3:20]
23. The Silent Flute [4:18]
24. End Credits [1:45]

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Circle of Iron 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Wraith911 More than 1 year ago
Originally written by Bruce Lee as an expression of his ideas of Martial Arts. Didn't realize it was on blue ray, I bought it years ago on dvd and had watched it in the 80's origianlly. An excellent expression of the spiritual side of martial arts.
T_Clark More than 1 year ago
A beautifully imaginative tale of the seeker's quest full of martial arts combat and zen philosophy. A must own for any David Carradine fan and a classic of the early genre