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The Man from Hong Kong (The Dragon Flies) (1975)

The Man from Hong Kong (The Dragon Flies) (1975)

The Man from Hong Kong (The Dragon Flies)

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The Far East and the Land Down Under are about to have a head-on collision in this action drama. Fang (Jimmy Wang Yu) is an undercover detective from Hong Kong sent to Australia to crack open the operation of a Sydney mob boss named Wilton (George Lazenby). Fang puts his skills as a hang glider pilot and martial arts master to work as he sets up Wilton for a literally explosive finale. Samo Hung (aka Kim Po Hung), later to become a major martial arts star in his own right, appears in a supporting role and has an impressive battle with an Australian cop. The film also features the song "Sky High" by Jigsaw, which would go on to become a Top 40 hit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
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Cast

Yu Wang
as Fang
Ros Spiers
as Caroline
Grant Page
as Assassin
Frank Thring
as Willard
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Critic Reviews for The Man from Hong Kong (The Dragon Flies)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is one of the few Australian made kung fu action movies and is also notable for its superb cinematography by Russell Boyd %u2013 the brilliant lenser who went on to win the Oscar for his work on Master & Commander

Full Review… | December 7, 2008
Urban Cinefile

September 5, 2008
Kung Fu Cinema

Full Review… | September 25, 2001
Senses of Cinema

Audience Reviews for The Man from Hong Kong (The Dragon Flies)

Good entertaining chop-socky action film with some great stunts.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

A great excuse for great stunts and crazy action.
I mean the people and vehicles involved in this film are superhuman in durability and stamina that ends up making for some incredible sequences.
Of course the scenes in-between the action are very good, but their frequent laughability, and oh did I mention the action, make up for it.
Plus: where else are you going to see the One-Armed Swordsman go after James Bond, with the help and hindering of the Toecutter and Fifi from Mad Max.

patrickdol
Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer

The first Australian-Hong Kong co-production is clearly a product of its time almost from the word go: a promiscuous reporter hang glides into Wong Chuk Hong over the opening credits to Jigsaw's "Sky High" where she runs into a sarcastic inspector (controversial gung fu star Jimmy Wang Yu) who immediately detains her -- literally -- before heading to Australia to pick-up a Chinese criminal only to run afoul of a Sydney crime boss (unappreciated 007 and real-life Bruce Lee pupil George Lazenby).

"The Man from Hong Kong" suffers from an identity crisis: director Brian Tenchard-Smith's feature film dà (C)but is no more Australian than it is Chinese which may help explain why it works -- in this case -- on a superficial level mixing equal parts of Grant Page's thirst for octane with Sammo Hung's occasionally satirical; occasionally visceral martial arts choreography.

Where past hybrids tended to frustratingly vacillate "The Man from Hong Kong" is the best, in choreography terms, of both capricious low budget guerilla film industries strikingly captured by Russell Boyd's lens though on a whole it's about as sound as Roy Chow's English dub of Wang Yu's dialogue.

According to the 2008 documentary "Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation" nearly everyone involved on the Australian side of "The Man from Hong Kong" found star and unaccredited co-director Jimmy Wang Yu abrasive, controlling, openly racist to his white female co-stars, and all-around unbearable to work with.

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Adam Laidig

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