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The Man From Hong Kong is a fantastic piece of cheesy, schlocky fun that has fantastic stunts, a cool hero and villain, colourful cinematography and a light, self-aware sense of humour that makes the film soar sky high.
It's great fun and one hell of a calling card as the debut feature from the man who would become Australia's action king.
The Man From Hong Kong is a rare success, both in terms of blending Eastern and Western action styles and of providing a snapshot of how no-holds-barred Aussie cinema was at the time.
The Man From Hong Kong's cracking pace tapers over less than stellar acting, and the film holds up well in the context of a chopsocky fun ride.
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
The Man From Hong Kong is a ballsy film also because of the inventive and uninhibited approach to storytelling, the death-defying stunts and for its genre-bending approach to the Asian martial arts flick.
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.
Good entertaining chop-socky action film with some great stunts.
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