Supermen Against the Orient

Supermen Against the Orient (Italian: Che botte strippo strappo stroppio) is a 1973 superhero film directed by Bitto Albertini. It is a sequel of Gianfranco Parolini's 1967 film The Three Fantastic Supermen.

Supermen Against the Orient
Directed by
Screenplay by
  • Gino Capone
  • Bitto Albertini[1]
Story byBitto Albertini[1]
Starring
Music byNico Fidenco[1]
CinematographyPier Luigi Santi[1]
Edited byFausto Ulisse[1]
Production
companies
Release date
  • 1973 (1973) (Italy)
Running time
102 minutes[1]
Country
  • Italy
  • Hong Kong

It was a commercial success in Italy and also in Hong Kong.[2]

Plot

FBI agent Robert Wallace has orders to find six Americans who have gone missing in Bangkok. The trace leads to Hong Kong. During his investigation he makes new friends who stand by his side when he is attacked by henchmen.

Cast

Production

Supermen Against the Orient was an Italian and Hong Kong co-production. After the death of Bruce Lee, the market for Hong Kong film productions became more restricted.[3] Censorship in Singapore and a quota system for local films in Thailand meant that there was a smaller demand for products from large Hong Kong studios like Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest.[3] This led to both companies seeking respite in overseas productions such as the hybrids between the British Hammer Films (The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires), Rapid Films with their German co-production Enter the Seven Virgins (1974) and Italy's I.N.D.I.E.F. for Supermen Against the Orient.[3]

The film differs from other entries in the Three Supermen series as Italo Martinenghi's company Cinesecolo had nothing to do with the production.[4]

Jackie Chan is credited among the choreographers in the film.[4]

Release

Supermen Against the Orient was released in Italy in 1973.[1]

Reception

Kevin Lyons from The EOFFTV Review stated the film presented "lots of very silly" moments and an "embarrassing collection of worn-out gags". However, he considered it amusing for slapstick fans. [5] Andrew Pragasam from The Spinning Image described the film as a "lively, if meandering romp" with a "memorably silly theme song".[2]

References

Footnotes

  1. Curti 2016, p. 141.
  2. Pragasam, Andrew. "Supermen Against the Orient". The Spinning Image. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  3. Curti 2016, p. 142.
  4. Curti 2016, p. 143.
  5. Lyons, Kevin (2009-08-16). "Crash che botte! (1974)". The EOFFTV Review. Retrieved 2013-07-17.

Sources

  • Curti, Roberto (2016). Diabolika: Supercriminals, Superheroes and the Comic Book Universe in Italian Cinema. Midnight Marquee Press. ISBN 978-1-936168-60-6.
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