Mysterious Mr. Wong Reviews
Jason Barton is a reporter that is a bit down on his luck at work and in the bedroom. He is hot after a local operator and the two of them go into Chinatown to investigate a series of serial killings. They are informed of a man that may be able to help them on their investigation resides in Chinatown and goes by the name Wong. They find Wong and discover he is a very eccentric man.
"When I say steak and mushrooms I mean steak and mushrooms."
William Nigh, director of Mr. Wong, Detective; Black Dragons; The Ape; Desert Nights; Mr. Wise Guys; City of Silent Men; and Escape from Hong Kong, delivers The Mysterious Mr. Wong. The storyline for this picture is just okay but the characters and script are well written. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Bela Lugosi, Lotus Long, and Wallace Ford.
"You will shortly experience a great danger."
I came across this on Netflix and thought it would be a fun classic horror film. It was fairly fun if you enjoy the classic horror films. There are a lot of cliché Asian references but some fun sequences. Overall, this is fairly average and worth an evening viewing.
"We're in the house of Wong."
I know that when reviewing a film from the so-called good old days, a reviewer is supposed to look at the moral structure of the film from a contemporary standpoint and rationalize that, say, a movie's casual racism is just a product of its time. And mostly, I try to do that. But every once in a while I run across a movie that's so ridiculously "politically incorrect" that I can't imagine that even when it was released there weren't people who were left gaping at how incredibly racist the movie they just saw was. The Mysterious Mr. Wong, a dumb, no-budget Bela Lugosi vehicle, is about as close to a perfect definition of that sentiment as one would ever fear to come across. Do yourself a favor and avoid this if you have a racially sensitive bone in your body; it goes out of its way to offend, well, pretty much everyone. On the other hand, it does have that bloody-car-accident draw to it, where one can't believe that anyone involved in the making of this didn't go home and shower with steel wool every night to get the stink off. *