Eastern Condors Reviews
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.
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.
(1986) Eastern Condors
(In Chinese with English subtitles)
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
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.
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!?)