The Man from Hong Kong
Dirs: Jimmy Wang Yu, Brian Trenchard-Smith
Scr: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Producers: Raymond Chow, John Fraser
Prod Co: Golden Harvest, The Movie Company
Cast: Jimmy Wang Yu, Sammo Hung, George Lazenby, Roger Ward
1975 / HK / Australia / Colour / 35mm / English / 103min
Ozploitation! Chinese James Bond! Kung Fu Craze in Sydney! Australian New Wave! North-South co-production! East-West culture mash!
The Man from Hong Kong is so many different things it's hard to pick a single aspect of the film to highlight. The first co-production between Hong Kong and Australia, with Raymond Chow and John Fraser as producers, it was made at a time when Australian cinema was coming into its glorious own, when Hong Kong cinema was punching and kicking its way into the world market, when Australia was positioning itself in the Pacific Rim, when Hong Kong was reaching out beyond its boundaries...
1975 was an exciting time and The Man from Hong Kong captures that excitement with abandon. Sex! Drugs! Violence! Explosions! Car chases! Hang gliding! Jimmy Wang Yu and George Lazenby are, respectively, the pre-Bruce Lee star doing a post-Bruce Lee turn and the former James Bond going against the latest Bond... What a film!
Different versions of the film were released in different markets. The National Film and Sound Archive restored the Australian version.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with Sam Ho & Quentin Turnour (Programmer of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia). Conducted in English.
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