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February 1977 (USA) See more »
The Cool Master of Kung-Fu and Karate!
Robert Sand, agent of D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency Guardian Of Nations), is playing tennis on his vacation with a beautiful black girl, when his commanding officers ask him to save a Chinese girl who happens to be Sand's girlfriend, and the daughter of a top Eastern Ambassador. The ransom for the abduction was the secret for a terrific new weapon - the freeze bomb - but the 'Warlock' behind the deed is also into the business of drug dealing and Voodoo ritual murders. The search takes him from Hong Kong to California through Miami, and plenty of action, against bad men, bad girl, and bad animals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jim Kelly ... Robert Sand
Bill Roy ... Janicot
Roberto Contreras ... Chavez
Marilyn Joi ... Synne
Essie Lin Chia ... Toki Konuma

Biff Yeager ... Pines
Charles Grant ... Bone
Jace Khan ... Jace
Erwin Fuller ... Bodyguard
Peter Dane ... Farnsworth

Felix Silla ... Rheinhardt
Cowboy Lang ... Himself
Little Tokyo ... Himself
Jerry Marin ... Shotgun Spiro
Alfonzo Walters ... Leopard Man
Charles Walter Johnson ... Leopard Man
Regina Carrol ... Voodoo Dancer / Party Stripper (as Gina Adamson)
Jesus Thillet ... Martial Arts Fighter
Cliff Bowen ... Martial Arts Fighter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
D'Urville Martin ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Al Adamson 
Writing credits
B. Readick (screenplay)

Marco Joachim  additional story ideas
Marc Olden  novel "Black Samurai"

Produced by
John 'Bud' Cardos .... associate producer (as John Bud Cardos)
Barbara Holden .... producer
Laurence Joachim .... executive producer
Steven Vail .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Louis Horvath (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jim Landis 
Set Decoration by
Daisy Rieger 
Costume Design by
Edwin Goehring Jr. 
Makeup Department
Melanie Levitt .... makeup artist
Art Department
Michael Bockman .... props
Sound Department
Jack Cooley .... sound mixer
Dick Damien .... sound
Joan Franklin .... assistant sound effects editor
Marta Viana .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Ramon Ferro .... special effects (uncredited)
Alvin Boudreaux .... stunt performer
Charles Crawford .... stunt performer
Ray C. Davis .... stunt performer
George Griffen .... stunt performer
Jim Kelly .... karate master
Jace Khan .... karate master
Clifford Lawson .... stunt performer (as Cliff Lawson)
Fernando Luján .... stunt performer (as Fernando Lujan)
Jerry Mitchell .... stunt performer
Alfonzo Walters .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Boyne .... grip
Erwin Fuller .... grip
John Gillie .... electrician
Keith Kelsay .... assistant camera (as Keith Kelsey)
Robert McClure .... grip
Stephen L. Posey .... electrician (as Steve Posey)
Robert B. Reynolds .... grip (as Robert Reynolds)
John Tilton .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilyn Joi .... costumes: Marilyn Joi
Music Department
Jim Landis .... music editor
Jodd Readick .... music recordist
Other crew
Pam Eddy .... script girl
Ramon Ferro .... titles
Eddie Garetti .... assistant to producer
Ray Wells .... researcher: Haitian voodoo
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Freeze Bomb" - Europe (English title)
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USA:88 min | UK:82 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/18 (director's cut) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Jim Kelly also choreographed the martial arts scenes.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Sands is fighting Bone at the end the over-dubbing is never in sync. Neither of their mouths are moving at the right time, and the voices were obviously dubbed in later.See more »
Robert Sand:Surprise Monkeys!See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Wow, 25 September 2004
Author: Iainkelt ( from Chicago

Thats about how I would sum up this bad boy. I'm a big Jim Kelly fan and believe Black Belt Jones to be one of the great movies of the genre. This movie is not on the same level but was enjoyable in an extremely odd way. The terrible acting and dialogue, and special effects weren't surprising. But the bad fight scenes were. Especially when you consider Jim's talent and charisma. Seriously, they were terrible. I'm not sure who was responsible for the "editing," but they should never work in movies again. Even as a clerk at Blockbuster. The action doesn't make sense, people suddenly jump across the screen, sound overlays don't match up to the action on the screen and the overall fight choreography is awful. Apparently Jim was the only legit martial artist in this movie. Go into it with the right attitude of enjoying a terrible and cheesy movie and you'll have fun. But if you want to see him in a much better movie, try Black Belt Jones, Three the Hard Way, and even Hot Potato. I wish Jim had made more movies where he had sufficient backing.

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