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  • Bruce Leung is seriously spring loaded and he is on fire in this movie. His jumping kicks are the best I have ever seen. Let me talk about the story real quick and then I will talk more about the action.

    James Nam plays a Japanese Colonel who is after a secret Chinese document. Wong Yuen San plays an officer who hires Bruce Leung to keep the document safe. That is really all you need to know. Han Kwok Choi, Meng Hoi and others help Bruce Leung out. Meng Hoi looks like he is about 13 years old. This movie is from 1975 and there are tons of recognizable actors playing the villains. Lee Ka Ting, Chan Lau and Chan Lung all get plenty of screen time. The action never lets up and it gets more and more intense as it goes along. There is a good 40 minutes of fighting and it is all VERY good. The final fight is about 10 minutes long. It is truly one of the best fights I have ever seen. Not recommended if you are prone to seizures. It is insane. There is a lot of screaming, a lot of kicking, and it get pretty bloody. Pure hate. Saying it is intense doesn't even begin to describe it. It is a very brutal fight, and I have never seen anything like it before.

    Rating- 10/10 As a movie this only gets like a 6/10, but the fighting gets a 100/100. EASILY one of the best kung fu movies I have ever seen.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    WW2 set story of a Japanese plane shot down with secret plans for the invasion of Shanghai inside. The Chinese have taken the plans and are racing to get the plans into their military hands while the Japanese try to stop them.

    In films from the 1970's and early 1980's there seems to be only a limited number of martial arts plots, with most of the traditional set stories being either about conflicting schools or about taking revenge for some wrong. Anything that is set in any other time tends to be set during the Japanese occupation of World War 2 with the repressed Chinese taking on the evil Japanese. All of the WW2 films tend to look exactly the same or if not seem to be part of one long feature film of about 500 hours that was cut up. This film doesn't really seem to fit into that mold and quite honestly stand apart from the rest of the similarly set films. The plot isn't by the book and the action seems to be a little bit more clever. Watching the film I was pleasantly surprised by what I was seeing and actually decided to keep the bargain DVD since its good enough for a repeat viewing.

  • It starts with the Japanese army against the Chinese army. The Japanese are invading China and there are some plans that the Chinese need to get. The rest of the story is about spies and secret codes and anything else possible to involve getting these plans. It's pretty much all made up on the day of filming.

    Bruce came along at the time the "studio system" of Shaw Brothers was coming to an end. (Though it never ended at Shaw Brothers.) Creative control was being given to actors. Jimmy Wang Yu was the initial driving force in this change and Bruce Lee contributed also. Bruce Leung, though a genius in martial arts choreography, really didn't have all that it takes for total creative control. He didn't even have much acting skills. Nevertheless, he did surround himself with other people capable of getting the job done. You will see many of the same actors and stunt men in his films.

    For what this lacks in dialog, plot, consistency and acting, it is still a pleasure to watch for Bruce's martial arts and the martial arts and acrobatics of the other actors.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    I saw this under the title KUNG FU SUPERMAN although the re-titling BRUCE, D-DAY AT MACAU is by far the best title this movie has. It's a stock kung fu basher featuring a leading role for Bruce Leung (KUNG FU HUSTLE). He plays a Chinese patriot tasked with keeping an important document safe from the invading Japanese. Said Japanese are present in military force in the film's first ten minutes but for the rest of the running time the film just plays out in the usual rural locations with the characters wearing the usual clothing.

    A lot of the running time is made up of comedy involving Leung's amusing gang members. Chief of these is the kid Monkey, played with youthful relish by Hoi Mang, who you may remember from his comedic supporting turns in many Jackie Chan movies of the 1980s. It's a delight to see him as a kid here and he's certainly the liveliest and most interesting thing about the movie. The rest is a mash of unimportant fight scenes and various characters getting chased and captured.

    Leung does his stuff but his thunder is stolen by the other cast members, particularly the acrobatic chaps who help him to tackle the main villain at the climax. Said final fight scene is quite electrifying and staged in the grounds of a Portuguese manor house in Macau, so it looks very nice. It's a fairly vicious piece of action too. Despite what the IMDb claims, Sammo Hung is not in this movie, so don't waste your time looking for him.