The Iron Bodyguard (1973)

  |  Action, Adventure


The Iron Bodyguard (1973) Poster

When legendary swordsman Wang Wu challenges the authority on a blanket arrest of men when really only one is guilty, his intervention (and its success) is observed by politician Tan Tzutung... See full summary »

TIP
Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.

6.5/10
94

Photos

  • The Iron Bodyguard (1973)
  • The Iron Bodyguard (1973)
  • The Iron Bodyguard (1973)
  • The Iron Bodyguard (1973)
  • The Iron Bodyguard (1973)
  • The Iron Bodyguard (1973)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


22 August 2013 | bob the moo
Solid plot and a good darkness but the action is too infrequent and too unmemorable
When legendary swordsman Wang Wu challenges the authority on a blanket arrest of men when really only one is guilty, his intervention (and its success) is observed by politician Tan Tzutung who tries to buy him a drink but is rebuffed. Later, Wang is attacked while getting his hair braided and Tan assists him, making them friends and allowing them to talk. Tan is a reformer but there are moves against such men and Wang knows it. He enlists Wang's help but within the world of politics nothing is to be trusted and soon the friends are in great danger in the name of their reforming efforts.

I think the title translates as "Big Blade Wang Wu" but for some reason it was entitled Iron Bodyguard when I watched it. Either title suggests action and a tough edge and it is a real shame that it never really delivers this. The plot offers a good base but ultimately is the problem. We have a story here of political intrigue and conspiracy against the pure-of-heart heroes and I liked the idea that this engaging and rather slippery plot would engage me and thus make the action better. Sadly what it does is slow the film down. There is too much narrative almost, too many scenes of discussion and dialogue and not enough of action.

The action starts well enough with a fun confrontation while Wang gets his hair did but from there it has surprisingly few action scenes. Those that it does have are not as thrilling or fun as I wanted them to be; I enjoyed their mostly dark tone but they really didn't deliver as much nor as frequently as they should have done. The cast are mostly OK and actually cope reasonably well with the low-action. Kuan Tai Chen is a decent lead; he has heroic looks, a strong chin, expressive face and a warm presence in the film. Hua Yueh works pretty well alongside him, although he was a little hammy and made me doubt his sincerity as a character. Ti Lu's Iron Fist is a bit disappointing – his presence is hinted at the very start of the film but he does nothing till the end and even then their fight is a little straightforward.

Iron Bodyguard has a decent plot and dark elements but it spends too much time talking and too little time fighting. When the action does come it isn't as thrilling or as engaging as it should – it supports the narrative well but it is surprising that this is the element that seems to deliver the least.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

  • Ode to Gallantry

    Ode to Gallantry

  • The Invincible Fist

    The Invincible Fist

  • Shaolin Martial Arts

    Shaolin Martial Arts

  • Challenge of the Masters

    Challenge of the Masters

  • The Big Boss

    The Big Boss

  • The Magnificent Trio

    The Magnificent Trio

  • Dragon's Claws

    Dragon's Claws

  • The Bells of Death

    The Bells of Death

  • Shu jian en chou lu

    Shu jian en chou lu

  • Ninja Checkmate

    Ninja Checkmate

  • Qin jian en chou

    Qin jian en chou

  • The Vengeful Beauty

    The Vengeful Beauty

Did You Know?

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Action | Adventure

Details

Release Date:

8 December 1973

Language

Mandarin


Country of Origin

Hong Kong

Shay Mitchell on Why Everyone Is Obsessed With "You"

The "You" star shares how social media became its own character in the psychological thriller, and why people can't stop watching.

Watch our interview

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to the Academy Awards, our coverage of the 2019 awards season, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com