The Man from Hong Kong
Australia’s first martial arts flick gives a Bond cum Bruce Lee-inspired cop a free pass to trash through Sydney.
Tapping into the global James Bond mania of the ‘60s, director Brian Trenchard-Smith presents martial arts icon Jimmy Wang Yu as Fang Sing Leng, the titular superstar cop making his mark abroad.
With only 18 minutes of dialogue, the archetype of a stealthy secret agent is gleefully dismantled over the rest of the film’s running time. Memorably elongated action scenes involving the “Chinese cop in town” produce an unembarrassed trail of carnage and deaths through the city and countryside. One-time Bond actor George Lazenby completes Trenchard-Smith’s inversion of the spy flick as the crime kingpin whom Fang volunteers to take down.
Emerging amid the Australian New Wave of films in the ‘70s, this 1975 action vehicle written with Bruce Lee in mind before his death is a gem of “Ozploitation” cinema.
This film will be presented in 35mm, courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Cast & Credits
A forerunner of Australian action, horror and “Ozploitation” films since the ‘70s, British-born Brian Trenchard-Smith hit international prominence with his debut feature The Man from Hong Kong. Subsequent films like Turkey Shoot (1982), BMX Bandits (1983) and Dead End Drive-in (1986) established his name in cult classic fandom, which include directors like Quentin Tarantino.
John Fraser, Raymond Chow, David Hannay
Jimmy Wang Yu, George Lazenby, Sammo Hung