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½ January 6, 2015
Action, action, and more action! This is a very ambitious martial arts action movie. The US scenes were filmed in Canada, and the Vietnam scenes filmed in the Philippines. Sammo Hung even lost 30 pounds in 3 months so he could do some of the crazy stunts and be fit enough to play a realistic soldier.

Onto the movie, it's essentially The Dirty Dozen or First Blood Part 2 the Hong Kong version. There's lots of gunplay, explosions, and over the top action. There is a homage to the Deer Hunter with a russian roulette scene, as well as a traitor in their midst like in The Guns of Navarone.

The best scene is saved for last, as the heroes and villains run out of ammo, resorting to martial arts to finish each other off. A showdown in the missile bunker is nicely choreographed and has a nice aesthetic, and is the film's highlight.

It's Yuen Wah who steals the spotlight. He plays the villain, a General who is giggly and mousy, but excellent at martial arts. The finale pits Yuen Wah versus Yuen Biao,, and Sammo Hung up against Billy Chow (General Fujita from Fist of Legend). Chuck Norris has the Missing in Action movies, Stallone has First Blood Part II, and Eastern Condors is Sammo Hung's war/action film from the 80's. Its not to be missed.
½ August 14, 2013
Eastern Condors Is A Mixture Of War Violence And Martial Arts, Which Helps Keep The Dirty Dozen Like Story Running Throughout The Film. Sure The Plot May Be Stolen From One Of The Greatest War Classics, & Relocated To Vietnam, But That's What's Good About This Flick, It's Not To Complicated & The Fact It Stars Sammo Hung (Who Also Directs) & Yuen Biao Is A Bonus.
July 13, 2013
Dung fong tuk ying (Eastern Condors) co-directed as well as co-starring Sammo Hung and Biao Yeun. The film also starrs Dr. Hang S. Nigor (Academy Award winner for The Killing Fields) and Joyce Godenz (real-life wife of Sammo Hung).

Set in Vietnam War in 1976 Ming (Sammo Hung) a Chinese commando led by colonel and his team group up with guerrilla fighters (mostly female) to destroy lethal weapons left behind by the US after the fall of Saigon. The weapons are currently under guard of Vietcong General. The group seeks help of local man (Yuen Biao no name mentioned in the film) with his three-wheel scooter and he deals in black market.

Gala treat of slow-motion fight-sequences, with extraordinary tricky and locking clutches, kicks, jumps, head-lock, neck-lock, sharp knife use by both Sammo and Biao are enough to entertain huge fans like me. Movie deserves praise for quick pace, ultimately trying to reach to the point. Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao succeeded in applying maximum hilarious scenes and comedic expressions from fellow characters.
June 4, 2013
This film features some good action scenes!
March 4, 2013
I love Sammo Hung, but found this boring.
November 25, 2012
Sammo Hung and a cast of thousands head to Vietnam to blow up an ammunition dump the Americans failed to secure before retreating. The original Hong Kong trailer heavily comprised of footage that landed on the cutting room floor could have very well given "Eastern Condors" some necessary substance. The finished product squeezes the life out of the characters in favor of wall-to-wall ammunition, explosions, and empty-handed fighting. When someone dies the film doesn't allow you to care because you're constantly being smacked with more and more combat, nevertheless, "Eastern Condors" is so much fun to look at it's doubtful you'll be satisfied watching this quasi-"Dirty Dozen" update just once.
October 23, 2012
Friday, May 21, 2010

(1986) Eastern Condors
(In Chinese with English subtitles)

ACTION

This is not a very good war film at all but the thing is that if there is any reason to see this film it would be to see Samo Hung do what he does best and that is to do some hard core martial art fighting. Hard hitting martial arts is still is one my favorivite things to see for any film that to me was definitely worth every penny to be added onto my long extensive action film collection!! This is Samo at his best who also ended up marrying the actress Joyce Goodenza who also starred in this film too.

I must confess though, all I did was that I fast- forwarded most of it's dismissal storyline and just watch the action sequences, since at that particular time action sequences are always planned first before storyline.

While the storyline gets a zero, but as an action film- this film gets 4 out of 4
June 6, 2012
Hung is at his thinnest and most Rambo-like in this flick about convicts sneaking into Vietnam in 1976 to destroy a giant American mountain of ammunition. The slow-mo and other special effects are primitive. Hung and Biao get some martial arts in at the end. Entertaining, but could really use a remake.
½ January 29, 2012
A pretty great Hong Kong war/action film. It has flaws; some stunt shots that cut away at the wrong moments (probably because they didn't work out in camera), and occasional silliness that undercuts the often serious action. Despite those missteps, there is so much good stuff including a heaping helping of Sammo Hung Kam-Bo's always beautifully creative choreography and stuntwork that the flaws are buried under the magnificence of what is right. Over the top, sometimes amusing, occasionally quite brutal action flick with a surprisingly high body count among the heroes. Even the scenes lifted from American films (like "The Dirty Dozen" and "The Deer Hunter") are given an over the top Hong Kong spin. The opening scene where an Asian soldier gets fed up with the Americans struggling with a flag stuck at half mast during a flag raising ceremony and basically runs up the pole to fix it signals a certain disdain for the capabilities of American actors.

Interesting to see the men recruited from prison portrayed as much more emotionally open than the guerrilla rebel women they join on the mission. The women have been immersed in war and are strictly no-nonsense ass-kickers.
DragonEyeMorrison
Super Reviewer
August 24, 2011
I just wish Ching Ying Lam had a bit more to do here, this is clearly a showcase for both Sammo and Yuen Biao, with Yuen Wah and the rest of the cast giving solid support to the whole thing. I can't even remember the plot, but who cares with so much badass action going everywhere? It's a hallmark in Sammo's career as a director, and it clearly shows why.
Super Reviewer
May 10, 2011
80S action, which is just that, and coming off all dirty dozen. the dubbing is what it is, and all the staples of the action are here, but it comes off enjoyable if nothing else, nothing to think about, and some good fun.
February 15, 2011
I was a bit underwhelmed by this. It's basically a Hong Kong Dirty Dozen and Guns of Navarone. A bunch of prisoners are asked to go on a mission in Vietnam to destroy a bunch of rockets. The set up is good (if you can get past the notion that all the main characters are supposed to be Americans), but I wish the action throughout the movie was better. The characters are extremely cliched, but at least they're pretty fun. I did really love the ending though, especially the final villain, a scrawny guy with glasses always fanning himself and giggling, of course he has to be an incredible martial artist.
January 22, 2011
The perfect HK-action war flick. 100% Awesomeness. Love it.
October 31, 2010
Starring quite a big bunch of quite well known actors. Lots of action and explosions. Lam Ching-Ying is a LTC gathers a group of 10 prisoners to destroy American weapons left in Vietnam. Sammo Hung is one of the prisoner. Another colleague ask Lam to help him rescue his brother. When they parachute down, Lam got to know the mission is cancel but he goes on as everyone has jump down. 1 guy who stammer dies because he count to 20 too slow. They are join by 3 female guerillas Joyce Godenzi is the leader. Briefing in the river hut, a vietcong boat stop there and saw a cigarette box, saw the guy who went out to shit and starts firing. Sammo and Joyce went out to take them out. Yuen Biao sells stuffs on his bike and always pester Haing S.Ngor for treasure hideout. Lam, Sammo and Joyce find him but he seems crazy. Yuen Biao works with them and try to pass the checkpoint but Haing awakes. The soldiers attack them. Later help arrive and they escape to the jungle. The soldiers still pursue them and Sammo with Yuen Biao easily wipes them out. At night, they were attack and capture. One of the lady is traitor all along. They are held captive in water jail. Haing saw the traitor. One female free herself and them the others. They seize the chance to kill one guard, Sammo dress as him to distract other guards. All escaped. Billy Lau is angry his brother is dead and wants to know what is their mission. Haing stop Lam and proclaim he act crazy as he know there is traitor. The lady got exposed and was killed by another gal. The ultimate baddie is Yuen Wah. They have to bash through a bridge to reach their point. Sammo, Yuen Biao and Joyce attack a truck and enter to the other side. Sammo unable to take down the guard post, others have trouble to go pass. He manage to take over one and clear the way. 2 guys are injured and remains. Yuen Wah fleet have 2 tanks and bomb them. The others reached the warehouse full of weapons. Lam is going to set up bombs but Joyce shot him and want the weapons for use against vietcong. Yuen Biao and Sammo defeat them. The baddies attacked and many are killed. Yuen Biao is no match for Yuen Wah and Sammo take over and defeat him, put a grenade in his mouth and blows him up. Billy finish setting up the bombs and the trio escape via water tunnel.
June 24, 2010
Violent, some humor, action packed amazing stunts gives this film a great thumbs up. Hung as always directs great action and knows how to cast his actors. Simple story, but action is all it needs for this film. Worth the watch.
½ June 19, 2010
Awesome stunts and action. Also contains Hong Kong martial art stars like Yuen Wah and Billy Chow!
The stunts are crazy some proper hard full contact hits with slo mo and powder to show. (Spinning hook kicks full speed to the head!)
The brutalness of this movie sorta remind me of Ong Bak just the overall look and feel the film had being similar. But this is a very underrated movie, & the stunts still on par since 1987.
Also Some very nice acrobatic stunts and flips using the vietnam jungle environment from sammo and yuen biao. In the ambushed fight scene (Pay particualr attention to Yuen Biaos cococut trick, where he flicks up a coconut football style and executes a 540 kick no string he actually hits the coconut! How many takes must that was taken!?)
May 30, 2010
better than expected - remarkable visuals and excellent action/stunts make this very engaging. now...the story IS awful, and like a lot of these 80s HK flicks it tries to do comedy and incredible tragedy so close together and over the top . . the melodrama is so thick that it's funnier than the comedy. But it's a kick to watch these superhuman bad-asses pull off crazy moves in this romanticized way. It's not a good movie but you can see they had fun making it and it's worth a watch.
½ April 14, 2010
A slimmed-down Sammo Hung and a cast of Hong Kong superstars make up what could almost be called the "Inglourious Condors". This was unexpectedly brutal! I guess I'm not used to getting my kung fu mayhem served up with large doses of war scenes. An interesting change of pace, but also not even close to my favorite Golden Harvest film.
March 18, 2010
Not as good as "Pedicab Driver", but the martial arts are just are good, and the action more brutal than anything Ive seen from Hung so far. He stars here, along with a dirty dozen of Chinese soldiers(mostly immigrants) hired by the US goverment to infiltrate Vietnam and destroy a secret missile base. Well initially they are only sent in to create a distraction, but as turns for the worst so quickly move in these films the motely crew become the last hope/line of defesne etc. Hung always works in genre but he never merely parodies, he tries to find the best in each of the genre's he works in, sometimes exploding or imploding them but always bieng playful like Hong Kong martial arts Robert Altman. Fun.
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