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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.
Dozens of monsters doing kung fu = good movie.
Bonkers Shaw Bros. "kaiju"-esque sci-fi action!
How do you know if your Inframan is truly super? If he conducts not one, not two, but four flips every time he suits up to fight crazy rubber monsters. Bonus points for doing so to groovy garage surf rock instrumentals.
As a huge Masters of the Universe fan in my toddler years, this movie is like a decoder ring for my brain.
The Shaw Brothers get in on the guy-in-a-shiny-vinyl-suit-fighting-monsters game and the results are pretty phenomenal. Planet Earth is under attack from the dastardly Princess Elzebub (who occasionally appears in the guise of a winged green demon) and her squad of Ice Monsters, whose ranks include Witch Eye, Mutant Drill, Plant Monster, Fire Dragon, and several others that unfortunately don't get named because they're all awesome. (I'd really like to know what Spider Guy's actual name is.) Only the Chinese Super Infra-Man -- as he's called by creator Professor Liu -- can stop them.
I just realised I should've watched this movie while being drunk. Will do next time!
If you haven't seen this one and want a short (85 minutes), awesome, campy, action, explosions, pointy tits, Infra-man, power ranger like monsters, martial arts and again awesome movie to watch, don't hesitate and go with INFRAMAN!
A Chinese reaction to Sentai? Yes. I liked it.
This Shaw Brothers-produced attempt at a science-fiction/fantasy superhero spectacle doesn't have much on its mind beyond throwing up a relentless parade of imaginative sets, handmade special effects (especially refreshing in the age of CGI) and extravagant kung-fu action. But in its sheer exuberance, The Super Inframan is about as exhilarating as it is exhausting—the kind of endlessly inventive movie that, in the right frame of mind, has the power to restore you to a child-like sense of wonder. George Méliès would be proud.
I LOOOOOOOOOOOVED this film as a child.
So I watched it again recently after searching for it online for several years ...
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DAMN, I must have been an awfully stupid child!
Surreal martial-arts superhero action from Hong Kong's legendary Shaw Brothers. Thrown together and awkwardly handled, but a lot of fun and wonderfully designed.
After being awakened from a dormant state inside a volcano, The super-cute alien dictator Princess Dragon Mom declares war on the Earth. To fight back, Professor Yu Ling De unleashes his prize project, transforming a high ranking officer (Danny Lee) into Super Inframan, a kung fu hero with various special abilities, who fights back against the evil Princess and her army of mutants (men in baggy costumes)
From there the film descends into a series of kung-fun/pro-wrestling matches, the kind we see in every monster movie or episode of Power Rangers. Inframan massively overabuses his moves time…
Wacky, insane, just what the fuck. Man in suit kaiju vs kung fu fighting bionic man. Not really worth seeing unless you're under the influence and it's on the big screen, then it becomes a funky cult classic.
Dozens of monsters doing kung fu = good movie.
"When they stop making movies like Infra-Man, a little light will go out of the world."
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