Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kung Fu Brothers in the Wild West (1973)

Original title: ...Altrimenti vi Ammucchiamo

Director: Ban-Yee Yeo

Writers: Nagi Hon, Tu Lung Li, Carlo Mancori

Composer: Franco Bracardi

Starring: William Berger, Jason Pai Piao, Donald O'Brien, Po Chih Leo, Sally Leg, THompson Kao Kang, Joe Chan, Winnie Tang

More info: IMDb

Plot:  Chen comes to America in order to complete a duel with his younger brother, Chou, to decide who will succeed their grandfather as master of kung fu.  He arrives in the town where Chou and their younger sister have started a Chinese restaurant just as Steve’s gang arrives in town, raping and pillaging. Steve works for Angelo and Dragon and after a few failed attempts to kill the king fu brothers, they send for their bosses. When they arrive, there is a final gunfight/kung fu duel.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

OK, so yeah, this isn't that good but it's not THAT bad, either.  There was a little genre mixing in the Spaghetti Western genre but not much.  This isn't the only Western/Kung Fu hybrid but there can't be more than five I think.  Anyway, the wild west is the backdrop to this story that's heavily laden with kung fu action.   Don't get too excited because the fu action, while not bad, has way too many clunky moves like reacting to taking a hit too late.  The music isn't good but there's a neat thing done in the big fight at the end.  The fight starts in the town's street before it moves to a river nearby.  For that first part of the fight, the music is accentuated with vocal noises, howls and screams.  That was cool.  Spoiler alert...William Berger's character, Angelo, gets kicked down and then the fight focuses on Chen and the Chinese bad guy until the end of the film.  What the hell happened to Angelo?  In movies like these his character would certainly be killed to pay for his deeds.  I'm not going to lose any sleep over that one.  I'm already thinking about what I'm going to watch next and it's got something to do with a hooker who is happy.

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