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The Super Inframan
The man beyond bionics.
The surface of the Earth is under attack, thousands of people are killed in this unprovoked attacked. The cause, Princess Dragonmon and her army of monsters have decided to invade. Princess Dragonmon is an alien whose race has been hiding under us for centuries waiting to attack and the time is right. A doctor has been preparing for something like this and turns his assistant Rayma into the cyborg hero known as Inframan. Now only Inframan stands between the Earth and Princess Dragonmon but when a close friend is captured and brainwashed, can she be stopped with this inside man feeding her info?
Three words we know and love. When inexplicably strung together as a proper name for a villain, they form at least half of why I love this movie so much. With her sex doll breast plate, skull belt buckle, mismatched mutant hands, and bondage whip, she's a sight to behold. Then she speaks, and I believe every word she says.
Cobbled together from the best parts of tokusatsu, western superhero comics, and grindhouse martial arts flicks, The Super Inframan is crazy kinetic, crazy awesome, and just flat-out crazy. This thing hits you like a spring-loaded rocket kick to the face, punting narrative logic into low orbit as it unleashes a riot of explosive action, bold primary colors, and charmingly hand-painted VFX. Because let's be honest: nothing gets you going like insanely acrobatic kung-fu battles between costumed heroes and the rubber-suited minions of darkness. Truly unbelievable and hella weird.
Also: this shot. Holy hell, that shot. It might be the greatest single shot in cinema history. I sometimes like to pretend that its from the final scene in some Bizarro World remake of Some Like It Hot.
"But you don't understand, Osgood… I'm a monster!"
"Well, nobody's perfect."
This is the fourth time I've seen this movie (second time on the big screen, I'm a lucky guy), and the third time I've thought to myself that there was no way I'd like it as much as the last one. I've never been right about that.
Totally nuts Shaw brothers kaiju that has everything you need for a good time: Tons of bizarre monsters and constant fighting. There isn't much more to say here other than that this is the only movie that I prefer to watch with the english dub. Hilarious.
MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF STARS.
Also: FUCK OFF, 2014.
Dozens of monsters doing kung fu = good movie.
The evil princess Elzibub sends out her minions in colorful monster costumes to take down Infra-Man. What's an Infra-Man? I'm not too sure, but everyone in this movie sure is! The effects are wonderfully cheesy, the dialogue is absolutely hilarious (an effect heightened by the idiotic Finnish subtitles), but the fight scenes have a tendency to go on for a bit too long without having interesting stuff in them. I can't help but enjoy a film where the real hero is a grey blob of silicone with a drill for one hand and an anvil for the other.
Infectious low camp from Hong Kong, with a bionic kung fu artist battling the nefarious Queen Dragon Mom and her gang of latex rubber monsters. Directed by Hua-Shan and starring Li Hsiu-hsien (1975).
I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this Chinese superhero movie, but I can say now that I hope there is more in store. This was a great film, in the same wonderful effects vein of the early Godzilla movies. I love the not completely believable, but still entertaining effects. The story was great, with some nice twists and turns. Overall, I loved this movie and would totally watch it again.
"When they stop making movies like Infra-Man, a little light will go out of the world." - Roger Ebert, 1976.
love this movie!
Absolutely, positively one of THE best Hong Kong monster/robot action films ever made. You can't die before watching this one. You just can't. If you do, then you are missing out on one of life's Earthly pleasures.
Amazing - stupid plot, terrible acting, rubber costumes. And Kung Fu. Inframan is awesome!
A perfect mix of two similar yet so different worlds: the colorful insanity of Japanese Tokusatsu shows and old-school Kung Fu from Shaw Brothers: this is good shit.
Maybe not for those who have lost the ability to enjoy pure escapism or getting annoyed over cheap sets and corny costumes, but that leaves the rest of us with something special, a gift maybe. A gift of FUN.
The fights aren't bad at all and the monster suits are often superior to the Japanese, contemporary counterparts. There's an impressive disaster scene with a city on fire in the beginning (could be stock footage, but still looks like a million bucks) and when Inframan and the monsters change size it looks really, really good.
Super Inframan is now out on blu-ray in Germany, with English subs - and the disc looks simply amazing. Finally this Hong Kong classic gets the treatment it deserves.
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