R | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A young martial artist embarks on an adventure, encountering other martial artists in battle until one day he meets an aging blind man who will show him the true meaning of martial arts and life.
According to a recent biography of Bruce Lee, this movie was intended to be shot in 1969, with Lee playing the four roles of The Blind Man, Monkeyman, Death, and Changsha, and the lead role of Cord was offered to Steve McQueen. McQueen, however, turned down the role after remarking that he wasn't prepared to make Lee a star, and instead it was offered to James Coburn. Disagreements over location shooting (Lee preferred India) led the movie to be abandoned until after his death, when the rights were acquired by David Carradine. Originally, karate champion Joe Lewis was offered the role of Cord, but declined, as he was unwilling to work with Carradine. Jeff Cooper, a friend of Carradine's, finally took the part, and Lewis ended up supervising the re-shooting of some of the fight scenes.
The Blind Man:
It can't be done!
The Blind Man: You can't do it!
Cord: Can't do what?
The Blind Man: You can't step on the same piece of water twice.
During the fight between Changsha and the Black Giant David Carradine's wig falls off after a high kick.
UK cinema and video versions were cut by 51 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of fighting staff, a throwing star and a shot of a cow receiving a karate blow to its neck. The cuts were fully waived for the 2008 Orbit DVD release.