武狀元鐵橋三
Sam the Iron Bridge - Champion of Martial Arts (1993)


Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 02/03/2007
Summary: Quality mainland martial arts production...

Sam the Iron Bridge, as mentioned before, is the second part in the trilogy of movies set during the time of foreign influence in China. Sam Liang (Do Siu-Chun) is working as a rickshaw driver and delivery man with his two friends. He is still with Tieh (Yip Chuen-Chan) and they plan on getting married. Sam has begun to see the influence of opium on his countrymen, and ends up entering a martial arts tournament in order to get enough money to bail out his friend who has gotten addicted. During the matches, Sam catches the eye of the daughter (Fennie Yuen as Keke) of the provincial lord. A martial artist herself, she is determined to beat him in a match and demands that the lord's bodyguard teach her his deadliest styles. Meanwhile, the flow of opium to and from into the country is being challenged by a government officer. He is convinced that opium is going to be the death of China and is determined to staunch it's distribution. He is strongly opposed by the provincial lord and the target of assassination attempts. Sam manages to stop one of these attempts and is quickly embroiled in the ensuing events. When a nationwide martial arts tournament is arranged by the emperor, Sam enrolls in order to fight for his ideals and a stronger China. Enrolling as well is bodyguard of the lord, looking to destroy Sam and his opposition to the opium trade.

Sam the Iron Bridge is not quite to the level of White Lotus Cult, but it is still a fun movie. Do Siu-Chun is an excellent martial artist and his scenes are well choreographed (by Phillip Kwok) and exciting. There is also an interesting love triangle between Sam, Tieh and Keke. Additionally, the presence of Lily Li Li-Li always brightens up the scenes she is in. Recommended for those looking for a good historical martial arts film with mainland wushu stars and some quality fights.

7/10

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 12/18/2002
Summary: I love new wave martial arts movies

I highly enjoyed this period movie from 1993. Philip Kwok's choreography is by far one of the best, although some portion of the finale looked a bit awkward. Although there is a love triangle situation, there isn't too much melodrama to deal with, which is good. Overall, a highly recommended movie for fans of new wave martial arts films.

[8/10]


Reviewed by: mehaul
Date: 04/09/2002

The second movie of a trilogy. The first part White Lotus Cult is overall a better movie. There is less action in this movie, with a less interesting plot line about a secret government agent trying to prevent the import of opium into China. Subplots include Sam competing in martial championships and a love triangle which requires sex with a virgin to save him from a kung fu punch.
7/10

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

In this sequel to "White Lotus Cult," the evil leader of the cultis destroyed by Sam the Iron Bridge. The young hero is catapulted into a series of events that finally take him to the Championship of Martial Arts.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]


Reviewed by: pablo
Date: 12/09/1999

Second in a trilogy. This time Sam Liang enters a martial arts competition to get money to bail out his friend, and ends up getting involved in the opium war.


Reviewed by: leh
Date: 12/09/1999

This movie seems to be the middle of a trilogy: the first movie is "White Lotus Sect", and I think the story continues in "One Armed Hero" (which I haven't seen). I actually thought "White Lotus Sect" was better than "...Iron Bridge", even though Sam didn't actually get to do much martial arts - there were some other great set-pieces, though.