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Up to His Ears (1965)

Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy | 4 December 1965 (France)
The farcical adventures of unhappy suicidal billionaire Arthur Lempereur.


Philippe de Broca


Jules Verne (inspired by the book), Daniel Boulanger (scenario and dialogue)




Complete credited cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Arthur Lempereur
Ursula Andress ... Alexandrine Pinardel
Maria Pacôme ... Suzy Ponchabert
Valérie Lagrange ... Alice Ponchabert
Valéry Inkijinoff ... Mr. Goh
Joe Saïd Joe Saïd ... Charlie Fallinster
Mario David ... Roquentin
Paul Préboist ... Cornac
Jess Hahn ... Cornelius Ponchabert
Jean Rochefort ... Leon
Darry Cowl ... Biscoton


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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That Man from Rio is 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


Adventure | Comedy


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Did You Know?


Nearly the whole film was shot locally on site. Only three or four unimportant scenes were made in the studio. This means three or four minutes of a total time of two hours. The rest are exterior shots. See more »


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


Referenced in Vente a ligar al Oeste (1972) See more »


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Exotic adeventure not taking itself seriously
17 January 2021 | by jbgeorgesSee all my reviews

This film is very typical of the spirit of the sixties, a nice mixture of exotic adventure film, comedy and action. It seems not to be everyone's taste, but it's definitely my liking! The story is being driven at a frantic pace and Belmondo is completely in his element. He runs, jumps, and twirls in all directions. Some action scenes are still impressive by today's standards. Ursula Andress brings the necessary touch of charm and seduction and Jean Rochefort (without his legendary mustache) is impeccable in his role of faithful servant. The images shot on location in Hong Kong, India, and Nepal are a real treat and have a documentary value today. Ideally, watch it after the even better "the man from Rio", of which he does not quite reach the level, but constitutes a very pleasant and entertaining sequel. I recommend to watch it with your children and teenagers, the will love it!

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Release Date:

4 December 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Up to His Ears See more »

Filming Locations:

Langkawi Island, Malaysia See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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