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Good fun with plenty of action but of course Jimmy Yu was not a nice guy and Roger Ward and Hugh Keayes Burn should have beaten him up as they offered Trenchard Smith as a favour.
Jimmy Wang kicks ass non-stop the whole time
Great cheesy kung fu fun featuring ephemeral 007 George Lazenby as a physically impressive villain and Chinese star Jimmy Wang Yu. The action sequences are pretty stunning (especially a bad-ass duel on Ayres Rock/Uluru). This all makes up for a pretty average plot but who cares about plot in a film like this?
A very entertaining martial arts movie about a police man from Hong Kong heading to Sydney to take down a drug lord in Sydney played by George Lazenby.
This is so cheesy but so much fun to watch, ridiculous sound effects & some incredible bad dialogue.
It's interesting seeing the back drop of Sydney in the mid 70's & it has some great fights in it with some excellent martial arts display.
This was a very cheesy but entertaining mid 70s Aussie Kung Fu detective flick, full of cliches and bad dubbing. The kung fu action for the most part was very hit an miss. Going so far as in certain scenes when someone throws a punch you can clearly see the fist miss someones face.....but yet they fall down.Yu Wang who played the main kung fu,James Bond wanna be detective, delivered this role like a lovable goofball. Full of charm and wit, he broke the usual kung fu leading role stereo type that was in most of these type of films at the time. He was highly entertaining the whole way through and had some seriously impressive moves.
This film was directed by Brian Trenchard Smith, who as a director is very lackluster but always has great ideas for stories but his execution is always lacking. What he doesn't have in technical skills as a director he makes up with heart and creativity. All in all this was very middle of the road as far as a kung fu film, ive seen worse but I've also seen alot better. One last thing I will mention is the cinematography for certain scenes in this film were just breathtaking, like the city scapes and sunrise training sequences. I also really loved the groovy 70s funk soundtrack. This is worth a watch or two at best if you don't expect too much out of it. This film also has some of the most impressive stunts ever!!!! Not just for 1975 but would give any movie nowadays a run for its money in the stunt department.
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 dÃ (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.
A classic from the Ozploitation bandwagon
This was one of those movies that I have heard lots about over the past few years, then even saw featured in the Not Quite Hollywood documentary, so I'm happy to finally cross it off my list of things to see.
Featuring some truly over the top action and stunts, this is well worth the time you might spend tracking it down.
Wall to wall cliches. An Australian/Hong Kong production with a former James Bond as a villain, martial arts choreographed by Hung Kam Po (Sammo Hung), and vehicular mayhem by Grant Page (who did the same for Mad Max a few years later). This almost plays like a parody of a 70s action drama. A very silly movie.