User Reviews (26)

Add a Review

  • Who could forget the sound track by Ace, and the action of this movie, never mind the fact that George Lazenby, the dejected Bond, who really could have been one of the best was also in the film.

    In the era of remastering and re-issuing of so much crap, why not get this classic off the shelf, blow off the dust and put it onto DVD! I'll buy it.

    Even though I had trough finding it in the USA as it was under a different name!

    This is a great action film, with all the stunts, kung fu, you could possibly want in a movie. Released in 1975 it captures all the best of the Bruce Lee films but with good sound and picture quality. A not to missed film.

    If you can find a copy on tape, let me know.
  • Unlike most contemporary Australian movies, 'The Man From Hong Kong' at least offered some entertainment value.

    Coming from a background in commercial television, director Brian Trenchard - Smith was new to feature films. However, his years in the mass media had given him a keen sense of what the 'average punter' was looking for in the way of screen fun.

    Perhaps some of the fight scenes go on a bit too long for anyone other than the keenest fans of the genre. But the pace never lets up. And what it lacks in sophistication it more than compensates for with sheer energy and a refreshingly uninhibited charm.

    The use of the hang glider scenes to top and tail the movie was inspired and the final car chase was, unquestionably, one of the toughest and best-staged of the period.

    The theme song 'Skyhigh' was, quite simply, a classic of '70s pop which, in this writer's humble opinion, sounds as good today as it did three decades ago. Now hauntingly evocative of the era, this beautifully produced and performed hit was almost sublime in terms of its striking originality. It certainly beats the hell out of the mindless, head- banging rubbish that masquerades as pop music these days.

    Special credit must also go to cinematographer Russell Boyd whose highly creative twisting, turning and hoisting of his camera(s) throughout the shoot truly 'made' the whole production. Fellow Australian cinematographer Robert Krasker of 'Third Man ' fame would have tipped his sun visor to Mr Boyd.

    Sydney Harbour has always provided a stunning backdrop for location filming.

    As a movie mad teenager at the time, I can vividly remember the media hype that surrounded this picture. After years of being comatose, it was exciting to watch our feature film industry not only coming back to life but actually enjoying some commercial success.

    In the final analysis, Brian Trenchard - Smith deserves a whacking great pat on the back of his purple corduroy suit (you know the one with the wide lapels and the flared pants ).Armed with only a modest budget, some personable actors and loads of raw enthusiasm, he crafted one hell of a fine little action flick.

    In fact, in the small but endlessly fascinating world of retro cult movies which it now occupies, 'The Man From Hong Kong ' has become a legend in its own time tunnel. And deservedly so.
  • I find it hard to believe that at a web-site which attracts more than 8 million people a month (that equates to 17 people a minute, one every three seconds!) that only TWO people in all these years have posted reviews of this mini-classic - "Z" grade rubbish that it is!

    I LOVE this flick.

    The acting is hysterical, the script at junior high-school level (I collapse on the lounge every time I hear Lazenby mouthing off to Wang Yu "I know your martial arts!") But man, this is high-voltage fun, a film that actually defies criticism. Wang Yu comes to Sydney to break up a drug smuggling ring headed up by the "and please leave your license to kill on my desk when you leave" former Bond non-event, George Lazenby. Following multiple impossible chop-socky set-to's with Lazenby's henchman, and George's own comical demise atop his penthouse, Wang Yu saves the day...and the girl! Great stuff!

    If nothing else, this film earns a place in the hall of fame for delivering to the world British Jigsaw's SKY HIGH which I can never hear without remembering how young I was when this came out! Magic!

    Trivia buffs might like to notice who that rather porky asian scumbag is trying to evade capture atop Ayer's Rock (now referred to as ULURU) during the early part of the flick and who later has his head unceremoniously pushed into the toilet by Wang Yu! None other than long-time Jackie Chan friend and Director - Sammo Hung! Martial arts choreographer without peer! Watch also for the exploding Toyota Crown scene at Ayer's Rock...that airborne door gave the on-set crew-members a few nervous moments!
  • It's 1975. A time of funky pants. Muscle cars. Ridiculous sideburns. Porn-star moustaches. Bruce Lee still rules the world of action movies (despite being dead), and I haven't even been BORN yet.

    Sydney. Jack Wilton (The Laze) is a bad-ass crime lord with a penchant for cravats, orange velvet sofas and all things Oriental. Under the cover of his legitimate import/export business, he runs an international drug-smuggling outfit with connections in Hong Kong. Two federal narcotics cops, Grosse (Hugh Keays-Byrne, Toecutter from Mad Max) and Taylor (Roger Ward, Fifi from - er - Mad Max) manage to catch Win Chan (Sammo Hung), a member of this Hong Kong connection, following a well-staged--yet amusingly pointless--fight sequence atop Uluru (sorry, Ayers Rock). Chan is to be extradited, as soon as he testifies against Wilton. But the Aussie cops hadn't counted on the extradition officer being a certain Inspector Fang Sing-Ling (Jimmy Wang Yu), of Hong Kong Special Branch ("What's so special about Special Branch?" you ask? Watch the movie and find out!). Fang is a loose cannon, to say the least, and is intent on bringing down Wilton's entire operation himself, no matter how much of Sydney he has to destroy in the process.

    This was the first (and as far as I'm aware, only) Australia/Hong Kong co-production, and it's an unusual (but highly entertaining) hybrid. It's full of excellent martial arts sequences, choreographed by Sammo, and amazing stunt work, thanks to chop-socky god Jimmy Wang Yu and Aussie stunt legend Grant Page. But Brian Trenchard-Smith (who went on to direct the classic BMX Bandits, featuring one of Australia's finest acting talents: David Argue) has injected it with a heavy dose of laid-back, tongue-in-cheek Aussie style. It also has some touches reminiscent of Hollywood action movies, in particular the brilliant car chase, in the course of which we see a brand new Charger (That's a VALIANT Charger, not a DODGE Charger, for all you Yanks out there) gradually reduced to a smoking wreck. It must be seen to be believed.

    Jimmy Wang Yu appears to be almost completely lacking in both charisma and humour, but this may have something to do with the language barrier. He doesn't seem confident speaking English much of the time. He does, however, play "p--sed off" very well, and this gets him through. Besides, The Laze has more than enough charisma to go around, and there's plenty of humour provided by the cops (particularly Keays-Byrne, who's obviously enjoying himself). The film is also intentionally peppered with bits of political incorrectness, sending up the attitudes of the day ("Talk about the bloody yellow peril!" quips Grosse, surveying the aftermath of one of Fang's escapades).

    But the fun doesn't stop there! No, siree! There's babes! There's hang-gliding! There's...babes hang-gliding! There's assassinations! There's a young, svelte Bill Hunter! There's fake blood! There's Grant Page RIPPING HIS PANTS! There's nice scenery! And, of course, there's the obligatory pre-dawn kung fu practise on top of a hill overlooking a nice beach.

    The only sore point, for mine, is the terrible "hit" theme song by Jigsaw. The rest of the music's great. Very period. Very funky. But that song...well...it just...sucks.

    As a lover of cult cinema, a fan of kung fu movies, someone who's proud of Aussie filmmakers (when they get it right), and someone who just loves to be entertained for an hour or two without having to do very much, this movie is almost impossible to fault. If you're a wowser who believes in political correctness at any cost, or someone who faints at the sight of orange paint (when substituted for blood), steer well clear. But I happen to enjoy this sort of thing. So DON'T GIVE ME ANY S--T!
  • This movie isn't half as bad as the previous review would have you believe. It doesn't have the best plot or actors, but it is entertaining. There are great location shots of Uluru, Sydney Harbor and many other places. The movie is entertaining and does have lots of fight scenes. You've got to have somewhat of a sense of humour when watching it. Remember that it was a product of the time period. The fashion, the acting, the premise of the movie, the politics of the time. Take it for what it is. As for George Lazenby, the only thing unfortunate about his part in the movie, is that he isn't in it enough. Not enough presence of the great George Lazenby, the BEST James Bond by far. His acting in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' is far better than many would have you believe. And it is to his effort, and interpretation of Bond that made that movie the best of the Bond movies. He is quite simply a fine actor and a victim of mass media misinterpretation. Thank you for reading.
  • "The Man from Hong Kong" is a lost classic of the "so bad it's good variety" which almost defies neat encapsualtion. Forget the at times seemingly ad-libbed script (the two Aussie coppers appear to be making it up as they go along), forget acting which only very occasionally rises to the modest standard of George Lazenby's gifts, forget even the sight of Aussie icon Rebecca Gilling showing off all her ample charms - the real fascination in this film if how every big budget action film cliche is thrown in here - but done on the lowest possible budget. The exploding Toyota Crown at the highlight of the pre-title sequence is a dead giveaway. So is the scene where the guy falls off the ladder. He just falls off the ladder..... thud! And the way the two guys at the beginning *run* to the top of Uluru and duke it out. Like you can do that....

    A great film to watch with some rowdy friends.
  • It's quite a trip watching 'The Man From Hong Kong' almost thirty years after it was made. Writer/Director Brian Trenchard-Smith went on to make the Aussie trash classic 'Turkey Shoot' and the early Nicole Kidman vehicle 'The BMX Bandits' so you know it's gonna be class all the way. 1970s buffs will get a kick out of seeing the One Armed Boxer himself (Jimmy Wang Yu) battling it out with "the Aussie Bond" George Lazenby. Their scenes together are very cheesy but a lot of fun. I almost kept expecting Jim Kelly to appear on screen at any moment ('Black Samurai' anyone?) The rest of the cast includes legendary Aussie camp icon Frank Thring, martial arts veteran Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, and half the cast of the biker classic 'Stone' (Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward, Rebecca Gilling, Ros Spiers, Bill Hunter). Yeah, that's right - BIKER CLASSIC. Keays-Byrne is a great favourite of mine. He's probably best known as Toecutter in 'Mad Max' (in which Ward played Fifi Macaffee), but was also in 'Mad Dog Morgan' and 'Salute Of The Jugger', two movies that have pride of place in my DVD collection. This man deserves a web page NOW! 'The Man From Hong Kong' is stupid but hugely entertaining martial arts schlock, and highly recommended. And boy, isn't that theme song catchy! I haven't been able to get it out of my head since 1975!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    The Man From Hong Kong (1975) was one of the few attempts that film makers and producers have made in trying to market Wang Yu as an international star in the same vein as Bruce Lee. Even some film markets have began calling him "The Next Bruce Lee" despite already being an action star a few years before Bruce Lee made a Kung-Fu film. Wang Yu has a certain aura about. Unlike Bruce Lee, he's characters have a cocky attitude with a streak of sadism. Whilst Bruce was always about doing the right thing, Wang Yu was about getting the job done and if he has to but quite a few people in the hospital so be it.

    Wang Yu stars as a Hong Kong cop who has to go to Australia to capture a wanted convict (Sammo Hung). Whilst in Oz, he comes across a real shady crime lord (George Lazenby). Realizing he's behind the actions of the convict, he sets his eyes on him and watching all of his "activites". Not liking this unwanted pest and condescending him in public, "JImmy" gets on the Boss' bad side. One night he decides to snoop around the Boss' office building. Inside he finds a few dozen karate "students". Jimmy asks them to leave but they want to take him out. A long brutal fight ensues. Despite their impressive numbers and cache of weapons, Jimmy beats they snot out of them. Re-enforcements come and after dispatching a few more guards, Jimmy is severely wound.

    A van load of Samaritans give Jimmy a ride to safety. One of the woman has a father who's a doctor. Jimmy spends the nest few days convalescing and romanticizing his heroine. But is heavenly bliss is cut short when the Big Boss' men find him and try to whack him. After a nasty accident, Jimmy's new lover is dead. This causes Jimmy to snap and he begins to wage a one man war on the Big Boss and whoever get's into his way. The big boss waits for Jimmy and sends all of his available guards outside to great his arrival. A ticked off Jimmy is too much for the ill prepared henchmen. Jommy makes quick work of them and races towards the top floor. The Big Boss is tired of holding back his "awesome" fighting skills and attacks Jimmy. He's no match for Jimmy who decides to have fun with him. Noticing the police and fire fighters outside, he goes into the Boss' arsenal and picks up a couple of grenades. After binding the beaten boss's hands, he shoves the grenade into his mouth and pulls the pin. The boss freaks out running around his office to and fro. Jimmy jumps out the top building before the office explodes.

    A sadly overlooked film. I thought it was great. Unfortunately very few people do. George Lazenby was great as the evil boss and Wang Yu was perfect as the Hong Kong inspector. They make a perfect pair of foes. This unlikely duo also appeared in A QUEEN'S RANSOM. Watch out for Toecutter from MAD MAX and Frank Thring from MAD MAX 3. Directed by "JimmY" Wang Yu and Brian Trenchard-Smith. Fight scenes were directed by Sammo Hung. This movie also features the cheesy 70's pop song SKY HIGH.

    Highly recommended.
  • Our-Place15 September 2002
    I've seen this movie many years back, and still looking for it to have it on CD, DVD or tape. This is realy the most wannahave movie I know. The entire movie is filled with action all action is also captured on a way you get the feeling you are right there like a spectator in the scene. The best part yet must be the scene in which our leading role player jumps of a skyscraper just seconds before the penthouse is blown up. Look how he jumps down grabbing a robe on the way down and securing him to fall all the way untill he is almost on the ground to grab the robe again to slow him down. His feet hit the ground and in the penthouse the **** hits the fan, BANG and the skyscraper is a little bit shorter. A real MUST SEE Movie.
  • "The Man from Hong Kong" is a lost classic of the "so bad it's good variety" which almost defies neat encapsualtion. Forget the at times seemingly ad-libbed script (the two Aussie coppers appear to be making it up as they go along), forget acting which only very occasionally rises to the modest standard of George Lazenby's gifts, forget even the sight of Aussie icon Rebecca Gilling showing off all her ample charms - the real fascination in this film if how every big budget action film cliche is thrown in here - but done on the lowest possible budget. The exploding Toyota Crown at the highlight of the pre-title sequence is a dead giveaway. So is the scene where the guy falls off the ladder. He just falls off the ladder..... thud! And the way the two guys at the brginning *run* to the top of Uluru and duke it out. Like you can do that....

    A great film to watch with some rowdy friends.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    The biggest criminal in Australia is one Jack Wilton (Lazenby). He has his hands in everything: drug running, gun running, prostitution, and he even cheats when he practices Kung-Fu. Inspector Fang Sing Leng (Yu), of the Hong Kong Special Branch, has traveled to Australia to take him down. Working with the local police, Fang infuriates them because he has no rules and is a one-man wrecking crew. All of Wilton's forces are after Fang - but can any force on earth stop THE MAN FROM HONG KONG? Wow. They truly don't make 'em like this anymore. What a shame. Starting from the great opening sequence with no dialogue, on through the exciting climax, The Man From Hong Kong delivers the goods and then some. The plot is perfectly simple, enough so that the movie can be packed with interesting locations, cool music, exciting stunts, tons of Martial Arts and car-chase setpieces, and still have likable characters as well. Not only is it well-shot, it's all directed and edited with verve and energy. We salute the great Brian Trenchard-Smith, who, despite anything else he will ever do, will be a legend for this movie and Stunt Rock (1980).

    The movie is rife with 70's style - just check out Lazenby's "'stache-fu", and his baddie pad (not to be confused with a bachelor pad). Also we get an excellent knock-down, drag-out fight between Yu and the great Grant Page which is as enjoyable as everything else in this superb movie. And there's still time for some romance, as represented by the beautiful Rebecca Gilling as Angelica. On top of that, there's some humor, mostly represented by Hugh Byrne and his great hair as cop Morrie Grosse. Because it was the 70's, the stunts are real, and there's no political correctness. It's all just a perfect cocktail of pure, enjoyable entertainment. It's just comforting to know there are writer/directors out there that GET IT. That understand great audience-pleasing tactics.

    Everyone here is at their best, and of course it doesn't skimp on the action. Sammo Hung is even on board, no doubt due to the fact that this movie was co-produced by Raymond Chow and Golden Harvest. It's filled with "yes!" moments, which we believe we've mentioned before, where as a viewer, something so cool happens, you just have to yell out, "yes!".

    Everything is done right in this awesome film, and the 2-disc Australian DVD pays this great movie a nice tribute. If you can find it, it seems to be the ultimate way to own this classic. Shockingly, this movie was not released on VHS in the U.S. until Tai Seng did a quiet, under-the-radar release in 2001. Because it didn't receive a golden-age VHS release on, say, Vestron, Paragon, Lightning, or a label like that, the movie's cult stature grew, but mainly in other territories around the world. With the advent of DVD, this can be rectified, and all can now see this fine film.

    Featuring the ultra-catchy, legendary song "Sky High" by the great band Jigsaw, The Man From Hong Kong is a must-see.

    For more action insanity, please visit: www.comeuppancereviews.com
  • I guess I first saw this film in the early 90's on a local TV station. I had been a fan of Jimmy Wang Yu for a long time only really having seen one other film of his being "Blood of the Dragon" also known as "The Desperate Chase". It was one of the first movies I had ever seen period and i'll always remember it. After seeing "The Man from Hong Kong" I automatically knew that this was the best Action movie and drama that I would ever know. The soundtrack to the film is also a memorable one with a hot 70's tune for the opening. After watching this film I have searched high and low for all of Jimmy Wang Yu's other classics and having seen many of them, came to the conclusion that he is the king of kung fu. I own a few different versions of this movie and would love to someday see it get remastered for American home video and DVD or even put back into a few select theaters where it belongs. If you haven't seen it, see it, even if you have to get a multi-regional DVD player or VCR to play it, it's worth it!
  • HK Inspector Fang Sing Leng (Jimmy Wang Yu) travels to Australia to extradite a drug dealer (Sammo Hung). When the hood is assassinated on his way to court, everyone suspects Jack Wilton (George Lazenby), a crime lord who the local police haven't been able to pick up. I wonder if Fang will get him? This Aussie-Golden Harvest co-production was an attempt to launch HK superstar Jimmy Wang Yu on a global scale post-Bruce Lee. The film is very effective, thanks mostly to director Brian Trenchard-Smith's Bond-esquire style that capitalizes on lavish locations and over-the-top stunt work. Wang Yu isn't the smoothest fighter, but he gets the job done with fights every 15 minutes or so. The highlight is a throw down inside a kitchen against stunt man Grant (STUNT ROCK) Page. Even more surprising is seeing Lazenby doing a lot of his own stunts including a fantastic fire gag. There is also a masterful car chase that reminds me a lot of stuff in DEATH PROOF (I'm willing to be Tarantino used this as a reference). The oddest bits of the film have women falling for Wang Yu the second they see him. Ah, the power of cinema!
  • This Australian/Hong Kong co-production stars martial arts greats Jimmy Wang Yu (One-Armed Swordsman) and Sammo Hung (Eastern Condors), has a James Bond (George Lazenby) for a villain and Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne) from Mad Max as a cop, boasts stunning locations (Ayers Rock and Sydney Harbour), is directed by Ozploitation legend Brian Trenchard-Smith, and features a catchy theme song to boot ('Sky High' by Jigsaw). With all that, one might reasonably expect something rather special, but this isn't the case: a run-of-the-mill plot, unexceptional fight scenes and mediocre car chases make for a frustratingly average movie, despite all the right ingredients.

    Wang Yu plays Hong Kong police inspector Fang Sing Leng, who travels to Australia to extradite a drug dealer (Sammo Hung). When the criminal is assassinated, Fang Sing Leng investigates, suspecting the involvement of Sydney crime-lord Jack Wilton (Lazenby).

    What follows is a succession of silly escapades for the fish-out-of-water renegade cop, including lots of punch ups (choreographed by Sammo Hung, but not his best work) and vehicular stunts (of the sort that always end up with a car crashing and immediately bursting into flames). The silly ending sees Fang Sing Leng hang-gliding onto the roof of Wilton's penthouse, abseiling down the side of the building and smashing his way in through the window, where he takes on the machine-gun toting villain. The HK cop gets a full confession and blows the penthouse (and its owner) sky high, to the amusement of his Aussie counterparts.

    Best scene: Fang Sing Leng's bloody fight against numerous martial artists (after which our hero gets his wounds patched up by a country vet and thanks the helpful fellow by screwing his tasty daughter).

    5.5/10, generously rounded up to 6 for IMDb.
  • After seeing The Man From Hong Kong, one can easily appreciate why Quentin Tarantino holds writer/director Brian Trenchard - Smith in such high regard. This is grind house cinema at it's gnarliest and released in the middle of that most influential grind house decades, the 1970's. But even today, it still has the power to thrill action junkies with the breadth, depth and variety of its stunts and set pieces. Forget the martial arts on show throughout just briefly. Consider also, the car chases and roll-overs (one occurring beneath the world famous Uluru), followed invariably by an almighty explosion, the hang-gliding, the skyscraper climbing and abseiling and (you guessed it) explosion, the foot chases and villains catching fire ... regularly. In its quieter moments we are graced with some wholly and unashamedly exploitative T &A accompanied by a funky 70's synthesizer soundtrack, just to give us pause before we launch into the next action chapter. This film has it all and does it all relatively convincingly on what was not much more than a half million Australian dollars budget at the time. What's most surprising perhaps, is that the film is an Australian/Hong Kong co-production, rather than American in origin. Besides the very obvious Bond references throughout, film buffs should clearly see the genesis of films such as The Mad Max franchise in TMFHK. Don't see it for the frankly hilarious dialogue, at times grating dubbing and quite honestly its overlong , exciting, but uneven martial arts choreography. See it and appreciate it it for its stunts. They are quite amazing.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    THE MAN FROM HONG KONG is another splendid 'Ozploitation' classic from British director Brian Trenchard-Smith, and one of my three favourite movies that he made (along with TURKEY SHOOT and THE SIEGE OF FIREBASE GLORIA); all offer endless entertainment value. This one's a Bond knock-off that mines the-then craze for kung fu madness with the tale of a Hong Kong cop who comes to Australia on the hunt for a massive drug lord. Said drug lord is played by former Bond George Lazenby, who acts up a storm as one of the screen's biggest and most imposing heavies. The hero of the hour is none other than former Shaw man Jimmy Wang Yu, an actor who I've always enjoyed seeing on screen, and he's certainly an electrifying presence here, doing the majority of his own stunts and proving versatile and athletic throughout. The film is a straight-up action classic and limited plotting, but tons of great and bloody fights and vehicle chases that are huge fun, especially the gruelling extended fight between Wang Yu and the assassin. Supporting stars include those familiar and humorous Aussie actors Roger Ward and Hugh Keays-Byrne and a wealth of Hong Kong talent, not least Sammo Hung in a surprisingly big role. I loved it!
  • The great cult filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith strikes again, with this lively international crime / kung fu picture, which he also scripted. Yu Wang stars as Chinese police inspector Fang Sing Leng of the "Special Branch". He travels to Australia for the purpose of extraditing a drug dealer (Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, also the martial arts choreographer). Before he is silenced by an assassin (legendary Aussie stuntman Grant Page), the dealer gives up the name of the man for whom he works: Wilton (one-time James Bond, George Lazenby), a prominent gangster. Our intrepid hero takes on all comers (and there are a lot of them) as he attempts to take down this Mr. Big.

    "The Man from Hong Kong" is simply grand entertainment. There's no deep thinking involved; it's just plain fun. It serves up one glorious action set piece after another, even opening the movie with some action as Hung is apprehended. It's pretty damn violent, but it's also stylish and amusing and never, ever boring. The various locations (including Aussie landmark Ayers Rock) are well photographed, and the script by Mr. Trenchard-Smith is often humorous as it throws in everything but the kitchen sink.

    Yu Wang is an amiable hero who shows remarkable indestructibility; he has more lives than nine cats. He even takes time to make sweet love to ladies such as reporter Caroline Thorne (Rosalind Speirs) and the adorable, pretty Rebecca Gilling. A couple of Aussie icons have supporting roles: future "Mad Max" cast members Hugh Keays-Byrne and Roger Ward as detectives, Frank Thring as an underling named Willard, and Bill Hunter as Peterson. Lazenby is an enjoyably smug, smarmy villain. The incredible fight between Yu Wang and Page goes on for quite a while. Look for the director in an extended cameo as one of various thugs.

    The movie may be best known for spawning that hit song "Sky High", performed by Jigsaw. It accompanies the opening credits and sure gets you in the proper mood for this diversion.

    The finale with Lazenby might well have inspired the makers of "Wanted: Dead or Alive" a dozen years later.

    Eight out of 10.
  • Sent to Australia to extradite a drug smuggler, a Hong Kong detective takes matters into his own hands after his prisoner is assassinated en route to court in this fast-paced action film. This was the first full length cinematic feature from 'Turkey Shoot' director Brian Trenchard Smith and the film is assembled with all the energy of a young director willing to experiment. There are some great tracking shots courtesy of Oscar winner Russell Boyd and there are several effective low camera angles throughout. Some nifty editing also leads to decent comic relief, such as two Aussie cops declaring that the Hong Kong detective has "probably gone to lunch", followed by a cut to a restaurant brawl. On that note, the drawn-out restaurant fight is one of the best choreographed scenes in the film, and the action is generally solid here, but that is about all. The actual story is very bare bones and talented though star Yu Wang may be at martial arts, he lacks leading man charisma. The film also tends to get distracted from the drug smuggling plot too often for its own good. A romance with an Australian paraglider adds nothing to the tale other than an excuse for a brief topless scene. The film also does not give a nicely sinister George Lazenby enough to do as the chief antagonist in the tale. The theme song "Sky High" is excellent though, and fans of martial arts, Boyd and Lazenby will probably find enough of interest here, but this is a definitely a step down from the Bond movies that 'The Man from Hong Kong' most often feels like it is trying to emulate.
  • Both the DOP Russell Boyd and his assistant on the film, John Seales, went on to win Academy Awards; Boyd for 'Master and Commander' and Seales for 'The English Patient'.

    For a film with a budget of $550,000 ($50,000 of which paid for the rights to the theme song Sky High)the production values are very high.

    Also great to see some wonderful views of Hong Kong in 1975 in the credits sequence. Much of the Victoria Harbor water fronts on both Kowloon and Hong Kong sides have subsequently been reclaimed and extended into the harbor. The tall white building on the waterfront with the round windows is Jardine House which is now approx. 250 meters from the new shoreline.
  • Funky soundtrack, tight sound effects, great action. Knife play, guys on fire, tons of exploding cars. Ridiculous 70s haircuts, mustaches, tight pants on men--it's camp gold.

    Special Inspector Fang of Hong Kong police is sent to Sydney after the Sammo character gets caught doing a heroine deal with an Aussie. And it turns out that the mastermind behind the operation, Sammo's boss, is an Australian kung fu master. The final showdown between them is slightly disappointing. The putative Aussie kung fu master catches on fire and has trouble getting his sport coat off. Why doesn't he just roll on the ground? Instead he sustains severe burns, making him easy work for Fang to finish off.

    The whole thing is laced with not-so-subtle nationalism, as the Australians continually compliment Fang's toughness and smarts, saying things like, "I really admire you. Chinese people are exceptional."

    Inspector Fang is a kind of Asian James Bond, and he meets beautiful Australian girls both in Hong Kong and Sydney, one of whom teaches him to hangglide.

    Note that Sammo's role in the film is quite small.
  • superfische25 November 2006
    I really liked this movie but the close comparison to Bob Jones the Australian Karate Tycoon of the 1970's and Wilton is a little scary. I would think that Jackie Chan would have made a better Hong Kong Cop thus shoring up fight scenes with a little credibility. What drew me in was the Australian 'Occer' predominant in this film. It looks like they borrowed the cast from Mad Max 1 which was good in my opinion as the actors in that film were good but needed more development and this film gave them that. If they made a remake of this film it would have to be set in the same era, as difficult as that sounds it would have to strive hard to capture the same feel. Bolo's early bit-parts are the best in my opinion and he did not disappoint.
  • All the pieces are here for a terrific Bond-like movie - including the original Bond himself! How much more A-list can you get? Unfortunately, none of it comes together; it gets played out in typical Hong Kong style. That is to say, wildly erratic pacing, gaping plot holes, absolutely no concern for continuity of time or character, etc. It starts out so promising, with first-rate set locations, helicopter chases, Sammo Hung - and quickly, very quickly, degenerates into schlock detective yarn, and not even good schlock detective yarn.

    Reasons to watch this movie? First of all, the theme song! "Sky High", by Jigsaw, is a very familiar pop song from the 70's that many of you will remember, for better or for worse... I personally didn't know it was written to be the theme song for this film, but that only adds to the whole "Bond"-ness of this movie (or failure therein).

    Next reason - the chase sequences. Seriously: from the opening helicopter-vs-car quickie (wait until you see your head almost get taken off by that unpredictable flying car door, truly frightening!); to the on-foot chase that startles many dogs and gets free oranges to children playing jump rope; to the final, lengthy, multi-stage car chase that gets the brand-new love interest killed (look for Wang Yu's emotive shaking of a clenched fist over the limp body!), and many, many innocent drivers knocked about horribly in multi-flip car crashes, only to have them pop their heads out of the smoking wrecks, mouthing mildly amusing obscenities, or shaking their fists while standing in ditches next to their overturned vehicles.

    Where does this movie go wrong? It's hard to tell. Having Wang Yu climb a drainpipe for ten stories, only to have him break through the same all-glass door he could have broken through in the first place is a good starter. Maybe it was when the grubby, chubby second Aussie cop bumps into the parked motorcycle while walking through some dialogue and they don't bother to re-shoot. Or maybe it was the sex scene with the random hang gliding journalist fifteen minutes into the movie that ends up providing almost nothing for the film except a quick way for Wang to get to the penthouse apartment for the final fight (shades of "Game of Death", anyone?) I wanted to like this movie, but it drags, the fights are just lousy (admit it, you all), and none of the pieces, from actors to locations, ever get used well at all. Like a wonderful movie poster come to life, and just as entertaining to watch as a movie poster for one and a half hours.
  • The hero, Yu Wang, is a poor man's Bruce Lee in this action film which is a poor man's James Bond adventure. It's an astonishingly lame-brained movie, with no plot or suspense: instead, it provides endless fight sequences which produce more yawns (from us) than thrills. As for George Lazenby, who plays the villain, he has absolutely no charm as an actor, but at least here he's passable and ALMOST makes you forget his Bond past...
An error has occured. Please try again.