Mr. Hercules Against Karate
Mr. Hercules Against Karate/Ming, ragazzi! is a 1973 Italian comedy Kung fu film directed by Antonio Margheriti that was filmed in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Bangkok. Produced by Carlo Ponti, the film features Bud Spencer and Terence Hill impersonators Roberto Terracina and Fernando Arrien in a satire of the Kung-fu craze.
|Mr. Hercules Against Karate|
|Directed by||Antonio Margheriti|
|Produced by||Carlo Ponti|
|Music by||Carlo Savina|
|Edited by||Mario Morra|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
The film is about Danny (Roberto Terracina) and Percy (Fernando Arrien) who are fired from an oil rig in Australia when Percy accidentally destroys it. They retreat to a Chinese restaurant where they meet the owner Wang who offers them $100,000 if they return his son Henshu who has been taken by Henshu's stepmother and her boyfriend, a kung fu master. The two agree and fly to Hong Kong.
Tom Milne (Monthly Film Bulletin) gave the film a negative review, lamenting that one or two shots such as the carnival dragon in a dark alley "remind one that Margheriti has had his moments in the past as a minor-league Bava". Milne concluded that the film was "a dim carbon copy, studded with travelogue views and making heavy weather of its aimless roughhouse fights."
- Milne, Tom (1974). "Schiaffoni e Karate (Mr. Hercules against Karate)". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 41 no. 480. London: British Film Institute. p. 81.
- Palmer, Palmer & Meyers 1995, p. 152.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-30. Retrieved 2016-04-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)