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Eastern Condors (1986)

Cast: Sammo Hung, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, more...
Director: Sammo Hung, Sammo Hung
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action, Foreign, Hong Kong
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English, Cantonese
Subtitles: English
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Actor/director Sammo Hung gathered an international cast including the late Oscar winner Dr. Haing S. Ngor (The Killing Fields) and some of the most recognizable faces in Hong Kong cinema for this action-packed martial arts adventure. Set in 1976, the film focuses on a ragtag group of Chinese and Vietnamese prisoners trained by the United States government to carry out a potentially suicidal parachute mission into Vietnam. They are charged with destroying a cache of American weapons accidentally left behind when Saigon fell the previous year before they are recovered by the Vietcong. Led by Tung Ming-sun (Hung), the troops are escorted by a trio of hardbitten female guerrilla fighters from Cambodia (led by Joyce Godenzi), and guided by a black market peddler (Yuen Biao) and his insane uncle (Ngor). Chased by a crazed Vietnamese colonel (Yuen Wah), the team makes their way to the underground storage complex for a violent, impressively staged finale. Blending traditional genre elements with those of the American war film (notably The Dirty Dozen), the film co-stars Corey Yuen, Yuen Woo-ping, Dick Wei, and Phillip Ko, among a host of other familiar genre regulars. The dubbed version released by Tai Seng changes some character names to eliminate any Vietnamese among the heroes and cuts three sequences available in subtitled import editions from other distributors. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

sammo does rambo by cammelltoe March 9, 2004 - 2:57 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
devoid of the long stretches of bawdy humor and/or sacchrine-soaked sentimental melodrama that usually color his films, Sammo Hung and most of his remarkable stock company ( dropkick clown supreme Yuen Biao, sage father figure Lam Ching-Ying, plus Yuen Woo Ping)go to a jungle to make what looks scarily like a late '80's early '90's Swarzennger or Stallone picture. And the hollywood vietnam war movie catalogue is plundered here, but,luckily, this is Sammo. This is Hong Kong filmmaking in it's golden age--- this is all about crazy stunts and crazier fight choreography. my only beef is that there are almost more cheesey slo-mo explosions than unbelievable hand-to-hand throwdowns on view. Sammo's real life wife even gets her hand lopped Sammo! Recommended!

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