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Men of the Dragon (1974)

Two men and a woman, all friends and martial arts experts, visit Hong Kong, where they grew up. When the woman disappears, the men find out that she has been kidnapped by white slavers, and... See full summary »

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Harry Falk
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Jared Martin ... Jan Kimbro
Katie Saylor ... Lisa Kimbro
Robert Ito ... Li-Teh
Joseph Wiseman ... Balashev
Bill Jervis Bill Jervis ... Inspector Endicott
David Chow David Chow ... Tao
Hsai Ho Lan Hsai Ho Lan ... Madam Wu
Lee Tit War Lee Tit War ... Sato
Bobbie To Bobbie To ... K'Ang
Mang Sheen Chiou Mang Sheen Chiou ... O-Lan
Victor Kan Victor Kan ... Chok
Hermann Chan Hermann Chan ... Bellboy
Lee Sal Ngoa Lee Sal Ngoa ... Balashev Tough
Lau Hok Lin Lau Hok Lin ... Balashev Tough
Kuen Cheung ... Balashev Tough
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Two men and a woman, all friends and martial arts experts, visit Hong Kong, where they grew up. When the woman disappears, the men find out that she has been kidnapped by white slavers, and find themselves battling a gang of kung-fu killers in an attempt to rescue their friend. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ludzie spod znaku smoka See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The main villain, Balashev, is modeled on Han, the villain in Enter the Dragon (1973). That character was in turn frequently compared to the titular antagonist in the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962). Both Balashev and No were played by Joseph Wiseman. See more »

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A classy little made-for-TV martial arts flick
8 December 2001 | by davidemartinSee all my reviews

Back in '74, the late Bruce Lee's breakthrough flick ENTER THE DRAGON introduced America to the idea of Oriental martial arts adventures. Sure, we'd seen martial arts in flicks before, but it was mostly a few judo flips and karate chops in spy flicks. This was something new, exciting, and exotic.

So of course TV execs had to figure out ways to get in on this new genre. I remember the ABC Movie of the Week ads announcing "the FIRST martial Arts movie made for television!" Okay, they were obviously ignoring the earlier KUNG FU..... Anyway, the ad got me interested....

The flick was pretty good. Jared Martin and Katie Saylor play siblings who have returned to Hong Kong to visit their childhood friend Robert Ito. Unfortunately, Katie gets kidnapped by a white slavery ring run by Joseph Wiseman. Drugged, stripped, locked in a bordello, Katie doesn't have much to do for a while except be the damsel in distress, waiting for the good guys to rescue her. Martin and Ito, martial arts devotees (and hence "The Men of the Dragon") are more than up to the challenge of battling their way through the villain's forces (ever notice how no one in a martial arts flick has ever heard of a gun????). Saylor gets in on the final battle, as all three join up to kick Dr No.... I mean, Balashev's ass.

I suspect the idea had been to do a series of MotD flicks for ABC; certainly the ending leaves the groundwork for a series. But, rather than be "the FIRST martial Arts movie made for television!", MotD turned out to be the ONLY martial Arts movie made for television.... Oh well.

Jared Martin and Katie Saylor were reunited a couple years later for the fantasy series FANTASTIC JOURNEY. Robert Ito hit the big time as Sam on QUINCY.

One odd note-- although, as a TV movie, there was no overt nudity on screen, Katie's nude back is shown, at least in the original version. The second time the flick aired, her disrobing was reduced to a head-and-shoulders shot. Many of the ABC Movies of the Week were also given European theatrical releases with expanded, explicit nude scenes by the actresses involved, which makes me wonder if there was a lot more to that scene than we Americans saw on the TV.


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