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Up to His Ears (1965)

Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (original title)
The farcical adventures of unhappy suicidal billionaire Arthur Lempereur.

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Complete credited cast:
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Arthur Lempereur
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Alexandrine Pinardel
Maria Pacôme ...
Suzy Ponchabert
Valérie Lagrange ...
Alice Ponchabert
Valéry Inkijinoff ...
Mr. Goh
Joe Saïd ...
Charlie Fallinster
Mario David ...
Roquentin
Paul Préboist ...
Cornac
Jess Hahn ...
Cornelius
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Leon
Darry Cowl ...
Biscoton
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Turbulent, fast-paced comedy adventure (one of the best of its time) about unhappy billionaire Belmondo, whose suicide attempts keep failing. When he hires some killers to do him in, he falls in love with beautiful Andress and wants to reverse the deal. Belmondo is ideally suited to this role, exotic locations and lots of stunts make this a joy to watch. A worthy companion piece to the Bond movies of that time.

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Up the Himalayas... Up the Yang-tze... Up in a balloon... Up-stage with a stripper... Up-town in Hong Kong... You can't keep a great adventurer down

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Comedy | Adventure

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Release Date:

4 December 1965 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Chinese Adventures in China  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is loosely based on the 1879 novel Tribulations of a Chinaman in China by Jules Verne. See more »

Goofs

Two insurance company agents embark an orange and black Hillman taxicab No.125, but they crash being in a different car afterwards (black Ford Zephyr). Then they embark the same taxicab again. See more »

Connections

Featured in L'Homme de Hong-Kong (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Thème D'Alexandrine (Version Chantée)
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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always a guilty pleasure with Ursula Andress on screen
30 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Back in the '60s, everyone loved a cool spy flick. James Bond, Derek Flint, Harry Palmer (and even Maxwell Smart) were the famous secret agents, but probably not as many people remember "Les tribulations d'un chinois en Chine". It has French everyman Arthur Lempereur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) getting involved in espionage in Hong Kong. A really fun scene is the whole chase scene. However, in my opinion, the intrigue and stuff gets overshadowed by Ursula Andress's presence. There's one scene in particular that will very likely remind you of her role in "Dr. No".

So, there always had to be spy stories involving hot babes. A flick similar to this one is "Die Holle von Macao" (also called "The Corrupt Ones") which starred Elke Sommer. You'll probably like both movies.


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