Sunday, January 26, 2014

Men of the Dragon - Jared Martin (1974) - Kai Tak Airport, Kowloon

Sometime just after the release of Enter the Dragon, someone in a studio somewhere thought it would be a great idea to take some large parts of that film's plot and turn it into a made-for-TV movie starring Jared Martin and a certain Robert Ito (better known for his role as Jack Klugman's assistant in Quincy) as Kung Fu brother-in-arms on a mission to rescue Martin's on-screen sister from the nefarious clutches of the bad guy (played in this case by a very Mr Han-like Joseph Wiseman, he of Dr. No fame).

The result was a pretty terrible film rescued by the mere fact that the filming was conducted largely on location in Hong Kong and caught on camera some sights that have since been lost forever. So here we are, with a copy supplied by our good friend in the UK Mr AP (same person who was gracious to provide me with the many I Spy screen shots I have been using on this blog). I do remember being entertained by this film as a youngster, and have vague memories of watching it on TV with my Grandad on a Saturday afternoon once. However, when that was I can't remember, probably sometime in the early 80's and certainly after already seeing Enter the Dragon.

Anyhoo, what better way to start off than with a nice view of a plane coming into land at Kai Tak. Apologies for the low quality of the screen caps but as far as I am aware the DVD release of this film was taken straight of a VHS tape and no one has deemed it worthy of a bit of a clean up.


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