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|
|Story by||Bitto Albertini|
|Music by||Nico Fidenco|
|Cinematography||Pier Luigi Santi|
|Edited by||Fausto Ulisse|
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.
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. 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. 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.
Jackie Chan is credited among the choreographers in the film.
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. Andrew Pragasam from The Spinning Image described the film as a "lively, if meandering romp" with a "memorably silly theme song".
- Curti, Roberto (2016). Diabolika: Supercriminals, Superheroes and the Comic Book Universe in Italian Cinema. Midnight Marquee Press. ISBN 978-1-936168-60-6.