An old military tank is stolen, and Bradford Devlin, a war hero now on death row, believes he knows who did it. He contacts Daily Sentinel owner Britt Reid to tell him his old tank crew likely swiped...
Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's ... See full summary »
While investigating his friend Chin Ku's (Hwang Jang Lee) death, martial artist Billy Lo (Bruce Lee) is killed. His younger brother, Bobby Lo (Kim Tai Chung), investigates both deaths. His ... See full summary »
Britt Reid, daring young owner/publisher of "The Daily Sentinel," dons a mask and fights crime as The Green Hornet. While the police and public believe the Hornet to be a ruthless criminal, the District Attorney knows Reid's secret identity, and welcomes his assistance in fighting racketeers and criminals. Also assisting Reid in his crusade are his secretary, Lenore Case, and his faithful valet, Kato, who is a kung fu expert and who drives the sleek "Black Beauty," the Hornet's well armed car. Written by
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Kato is a Japanese name, as in the 1936 radio show Kato was Japanese. This was changed in 1939 due to world events. Kato briefly became Korean before settling on Filipino for nearly all of the 1940s. By the 1960s, he was regarded as a generic Asian, enabling Chinese-American Bruce Lee to be cast. Kato is also Chinese in Seth Rogen's The Green Hornet (2011) as a tribute to Lee, but post-1967-pre-2011 adaptations in other media such as comic books, frequently restore the Japanese origin. See more »
A mistake which runs throughout all Green Hornet incarnations is pronouncing the Japanese name Kato as Kayto rather than the correct Kahto. See more »
The Green Hornet:
[taking routine inventory on his gadgetry before cruising into action]
Hornet gun... check. Hornet sting... check. Let's roll, Kato!
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Just because the main characters (Notice the plural) are wearing masks doesn't mean that the program is camp. This is the show that introduced the martial arts legend Bruce Lee to the world, and he probably was the first actor that made people think "Gee I didn't know human beings can move like that". I mean seeing Lee for the first time had that much shock value to the audience, and the attraction of the show had much to do with what's Lee going to do this week ? But I'd like to point out the superb acting that was done by Van Williams too. He looked so good as the main character, and he had a chameleon like method acting capability that made his acting fit the scene's mood perfectly every time. If he was British, I wouldn't be surprised if he was recruited to play James Bond after Sean Connery. Keeping in mind that this was a 30 minute show made in the '60s, this series still scores high in its production value. I would say that it's right up there with other '60s popular action show such as Mission Impossible. The only regret is that this show didn't last longer than a season. Audiences wanted more but for some odd reason, it was canned. They should have made at least two more seasons followed by a movie. I would say that it was a monumental blunder on the network's part to not see what a dynamite show they had in hand. Bruce Lee and Van Williams' talent should have been exploited to its max with this show and who knows what other shows they might have stared in.
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