Released in 1976 features Carter Wong. 18 Bronzemen is a pretty good movie considering I was never a big Carter Wong fan growing up. It’s kind a like when you meet someone for the first time and you really don’t care for them but once you meet them and get a chance to know them they kind of grow on you.
Well I can honestly say Carter Wong has grown on me after watching 18 Bronzemen and Born Invincible. I had seen other movies by him when I was a teenager and I was not impressed, these were earlier films of his that I won’t name.
As for this movie the story is about a young boy Tang So Long, played by O Yau Man who is the son of a Imperial Ming General that’s killed by the Chings who are trying to wipe out the Shaolin temple because of the threat that they pose by receiving young monks who eventually grow up to seek revenge from the Ching government who have killed many of the innocent Mings who are considered rebels for political and financial gains.
So this boy is dropped off at the Shaolin temple by his grandmother because his parents where both killed. His father wishes for him to become a good man and to seek revenge from the Ching government.
The movie goes through training scenes such as 36th Chamber of Shaolin, the difference is that in order to leave the temple you have to go through a maze fighting the 18 Bronze Men. The best way of defeating the Bronze men is by using the LoHan fist technique.
The character of the boy played by O Yau Man is the main character he’s the weakest of the fighters in this film. He gives a good effort and is believable in that he doesn’t make a significant jump in improvement during the course of the film to become the hero. The real hero is played by Ti Chen (Carter Wong). Wong is the confident more experienced fighter, who is there to protect the main character Tang.
Tang finds out that he’s the son of a Ming general and sets out to seek revenge, but he has to get past the 18 Bronzemen. Once that’s accomplished Tang and Ti Chen goes out to settle the score with the head of the Chings.
Over all a good movie featuring Carter Wong, good fight scenes and decent storyline.
It’s worth watching and having in one’s collection.