HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
All Hail the Popcorn King
Muriel, or the Time of Return
Selma
Great Locomotive Chase, The
American Anthem
Lion and the Horse, The
Druids
War of the Wizards
Onward
Doctor Faustus
Spite Marriage
Mask, The
Letter to Jane
Quick Millions
Dream Demon
Max Havelaar
Radioactive
Glastonbury Fayre
All Dogs Go to Heaven
Shoot Out
Da 5 Bloods
Sonatine
Kung Fu Monster
Secret Agent Super Dragon
Saint Frances
Boiling Point
Golden Stallion, The
Dragon Force
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Luck of Ginger Coffey, The
Junkers Come Here
Ladius
White, White Day, A
Strong Medicine
Bitter Springs
Centipede Horror
Physical Evidence
Fanny Lye Deliver'd
55 Days at Peking
Alive
   
 
Newest Articles
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
   
 
  Bruce Lee in New Guinea based on a true story
Year: 1978
Director: Joseph Kong Hung
Stars: Bruce Li, Dana, Chan Sing, San Kuai, Larry Lee, Gam Kwan, Bolo Yeung, Lau Kar Yung, Lee Hoi San, To Siu Ming, Cheung Lik
Genre: Horror, Sex, Martial Arts, Fantasy, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Ah, Bruceploitation movies! Following Bruce Lee’s death in 1973, a host of imitators sprang into action as producers tried to convince international audiences the late star made more than just five movies. There was Bruce Le, Bruce Leung, Bruce Liang, and the most popular, Bruce Li. He starred in relatively sober biopics like Dragon Story (1974) and Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth (1977), but fact soon mixed with fiction in outlandish fare like The Dragon Dies Hard (1974), Bruce Lee Against Supermen (1975), and this amazing horror-adventure - also known as Bruce Li on Snake Island and, my personal favourite, Big Boss A Borneo.

International film star and kung fu hero Bruce Lee (Bruce Li) is also a part-time anthropologist. Bet you never knew that, huh? He and his buddy Chang Sing (uh, Chan Sing) head for Snake Worship Island where Bruce plans to research the evil Devil Sect, who practice “snake venom kung fu”. Their trek through the jungle is hindered by two, dopey, comedy relief guides and a sneaky treasure hunter (Larry Lee) out to steal the natives’ sacred, magic pearl. His efforts are thwarted by skull-masked tyrant, Great Wizard, whose poison ring leaves Bruce mortally wounded.

Two handmaidens bring him to the island’s rightful ruler, Princess Ankawa (Dana), who protects her people with the aid of an amazing kung fu ape (actually some guy in a ratty gorilla suit). Bruce is set to die unless someone “warms his frozen blood.” So lovely Ankawa strips off her leopardskin bikini and thigh boots and snuggles next to him in bed. Sex, naturally, follows. One year later, Chang Sing returns to Hong Kong and consoles Bruce Lee’s parents over their missing son. “I blame you”, Mr. Lee unhelpfully tells his weeping wife - who inexplicably agrees! Suddenly, a newsflash announces Bruce has been found at sea. He returns home, plagued by visions and behaves strangely around his pretty cousin. Then things get really weird…

If you’re allergic to kung fu weirdness, this won’t be your cup of tea. Connoisseurs will find it pure gold. Part jungle horror, part chopsocky adventure and part sexploitation romp. Following that jarring leap forward in time, the film takes a curious turn and amps up the horror. The cinematography becomes dreamlike and strange, Bruce turns into a snake every time he touches a woman, and in an unexpected twist, Ankawa bears his child whom the villains promptly place under an evil spell. Of course the piece de resistance remains that kung fu gorilla, a popular element in martial arts fantasies of the time including Battle Wizard (1977) and Shaolin Invincibles (1977), although its origins lie in Chinese literature.

Zoom-happy camerawork is pure, old school kung fu, but the fights are well choreographed and feature impressive acrobatics from Bruce Li and Bolo Yeung (who tangled with the real Bruce in Enter the Dragon (1973)). Given that so many girls were kicking butt in HK cinema, its slightly disappointing that Princess Ankawa doesn’t take part in any fighting. Despite their horrendous dubbing, Bruce Li and doe-eyed, pouty-lipped Dana are an appealing pair of B-movie lovers. This appears to have been Dana’s final movie. She played the cute cyborg girl in Super Inframan (1975), but mostly starred in Shaw Brothers sex comedies like Girl With The Long Hair (1975).

If you make it through this bonkers Bruceploitation epic, you owe it to yourself to see The Dragon Lives Again (1976), which is pretty much the genre’s Citizen Kane.
Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 8587 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
  Hannah Prosser
   

 

Last Updated: