Up to His Ears

Chinese Adventures in China (French: Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine) is a 1965 French adventure comedy film starring Jean Paul Belmondo and Ursula Andress. It was directed by Philippe de Broca and written by Daniel Boulanger, loosely based on the 1879 novel Tribulations of a Chinaman in China by Jules Verne.

Chinese Adventures in China
original film poster by Yves Thos
Directed byPhilippe de Broca
Written byDaniel Boulanger
Based onnovel Tribulations of a Chinaman in China by Jules Verne
StarringJean-Paul Belmondo
Ursula Andress
Music byGeorges Delerue
CinematographyEdmond Séchan
Distributed byLes Productions Artistes Associés
Lopert Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • 1965 (1965)
Running time
104 minutes
LanguageFrench
Box office2,701,748 admissions (France)[1]

The film notably includes not just footage of China, but also in a previous section several minutes of footage of the Taj Mahal and Agra area in 1965 (notice how much whiter the Taj Mahal appears than in recent decades), and about 15 minutes of footage of the central area of Kathmandu, Nepal, the nearby Swayambunath hillside temple, and more rural mountain areas of Nepal with the impressive Himalayas as backdrop.

Plot

Millionaire Arthur Lempereur is bored with life. He tries to kill himself but fails so decides to travel to Hong Kong to see if his depression can be cured.

In Hong Kong Arthur discovers his money is gone. Mister Goh, his old tutor and a Chinese philosopher, makes him take out a life insurance policy which would benefit Alice, Antoine’s fiancée, and Mister Goh. Goh promises to kill Arthur for him.

Arthur then means Alexandrine, an ethnologist and strip tease dancer. He decides not to die, and goes to track down Goh before Goh can hire a hitman.

Cast

Production

The film reunited the star and director of That Man from Rio. Filming started under the title Chinese Adventures in China on January 5, 1965 in Nepal.[2] Ursula Andress left for Hong Kong in February 1965.[3] Filming took place in Hong Kong and Paris.[4]

In January 1966 the title was changed to Up to His Ears.[5]

Reception

It was the tenth most popular film of 1965 in France, after The Sucker, Goldfinger, Thunderball, Gendarme in New York, Mary Poppins, Fantomas Unleashed, God's Thunder, The Wise Guys and Viva Maria!. [6]

References

  1. Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. TRAIL OF TRIAL: Pioneers' Tragic Trek To Be Filmed -- Tanglewood to Tel Aviv -- Sequel By A.H. WEILER. New York Times 29 Nov 1964: X11.
  3. Sammly Agrees to Play Iago Role: Lilia Skala, Ex-N.Y. City Center Employe, to Return as Singer Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 8 Feb 1965: c20.
  4. CALL SHEET: Marquand Signed for 'Phoenix' Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times 24 Apr 1965: B7.
  5. Mailer Novel to Be Filmed Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times 18 Jan 1966: c13.
  6. "1965 Box Office". Box Office Story.


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