The Tattoo Connection (1978)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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An American insurance investigator goes to Hong Kong to retrieve a famous diamond stolen by a local criminal organization.


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21 February 2017 | Michael_Elliott
The Fight Scenes Are Good
E yu tou hei sha xing (1978)

** (out of 4)

Criminal mastermind Lu (Sing Chen) and his goons steal a priceless diamond. The insurance company behind it sends former CIA agent Lucas (Jim Kelly) to investigate and to get back the stolen property.

There's really not too much plot going on here as the main draw was of course the action scenes and fights. This Hong Kong movie was also released as THE TATTOO CONNECTION as well as BLACK BELT JONES 2 even though it has no real connection to that movie except for Kelly being in both of them.

If you're looking for high art then you're certainly not going to find it here. Technically speaking the film isn't all that pretty to look at but at the same time people really aren't going to be watching this for its looks. If you're a fan of the kung fu movies from this era then you're bound to enjoy the fights here as the majority of them are well-staged and there's no question that they help keep the running time moving along.

Kelly is obviously the main draw here and he gets several nice fight scenes throughout. While he wasn't a great actor he was at least good enough at his job to keep the viewer glued to what was going on. One wishes that the story itself had been a little better but THE TATTOO CONNECTION is certainly worth watching.

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Plot Summary


Action | Crime | Drama


Release Date:

December 1979


English, Mandarin

Country of Origin

Hong Kong

Filming Locations

Sai Kung, Hong Kong, China

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