Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Yin and Yang of Mr Go - James Mason (1970) - Aberdeen Harbour, Aberdeen

Unfortunately for our next film the print I have looks to have been taken directly from an old VHS copy because the quality is quite poor even after de-interlacing almost every screen grab. I heard of this film through Chaplin Chang who also happens to have a small role in the film (he is a master of this) as well as being credited as Assistant Director.

Anyway, I also heard about some of the shenanigans that went on during production and it seems that Burgess Meredith wasn't a particularly organised director and, in fact, didn't complete the film in the end. According to Chaplin, two key scenes were never shot and the way the film jumps around seems to confirm it. It sounds as though the version available to buy was a cobbled together work print and it really shows. Despite the presence of James Mason and Jeff Bridges - and even a cameo role from King Hu (as a Japanese Bank manager) - the film is just tragically awful.

Of the scenes that were actually completed, one of the first was some shots of Aberdeen Harbour where Mr Y.Y Go (played by James Mason in *sigh* "yellowface") has a boat where he plots his evil schemes.

You can barely make it out in the second picture but the old Aberdeen Police Station is just visible on the hillside at the back.

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