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The Dragon Flies (1975)

The Man from Hong Kong (original title)
While on dispatch in Australia to extradite a drug dealer, Hong Kong cop and martial artist Fang Sing Leng finds himself waging a one-man war against crime lord Jack Wilton.


Brian Trenchard-Smith (as Brian Trenchard Smith), Jimmy Wang Yu (as Yu Wang)


Brian Trenchard-Smith (as Brian Trenchard Smith)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Wang Yu ... Inspector Fang Sing Leng
George Lazenby ... Jack Wilton
Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Morrie Grosse
Roger Ward ... Bob Taylor
Rosalind Speirs Rosalind Speirs ... Caroline Thorne (as Ros Spiers)
Grant Page ... Assassin
Rebecca Gilling ... Angelica
Frank Thring ... Willard
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Win Chan (as Hung Kam Po)
Deryck Barnes Deryck Barnes ... Derek Pearson (Veterinary Doctor)
Bill Hunter ... Peterson
Ian Jamieson Ian Jamieson ... Drug Courier
Elaine Wong Elaine Wong ... Chinese Girl
John Orcsik ... Charles (as John Orschik)
Geoffrey Brown Geoffrey Brown ... Martial Arts Heavy (as Geoff Brown)


While on dispatch in Australia to extradite a drug dealer, Hong Kong cop and martial artist Fang Sing Leng finds himself waging a one-man war against crime lord Jack Wilton.

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The Dragon flies...The Dragon stings...The Dragon kills like no man alive! See more »


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Did You Know?


This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project. See more »


At 56 minutes, Jimmy Wang Yu (Jimmy Wang Yu) climbs through a window that has a vertical opening when shot from outside as he enters the window. When shot from inside as he comes inside, the window has a horizontal opening. See more »


[Grosse is annoyed with Fang's aggressive methods of pursuing Wilton]
Bob Taylor: Alright, cool it.
Morrie Grosse: Oh, shut up, Bob! Hey, enough's enough! Extradite Win Chan: that's what you came here to do, but everywhere you go, you just commit mayhem, man! Look, I'll tell you what I'll do; I'll give you my list of contacts, I'll give you every name I painstakingly bloody gathered over the past two years, and you can do the lot of them. This is Australia, mate - *not* "55 Days at Peking"!
Inspector Fang Sing Leng: [enraged] Hey! Don't give me any ...
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit assorted fatal blows including groin kicks. See more »


Referenced in Twenty Years of African Cinema (1983) See more »


A Man Is A Man Is A Man
Sung by Deena Greene
Composed by Noel Quinlan
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Entertainment with a capital "E", no more no less!
2 November 2001 | by uds3See all my reviews

I find it hard to believe that at a web-site which attracts more than 8 million people a month (that equates to 17 people a minute, one every three seconds!) that only TWO people in all these years have posted reviews of this mini-classic - "Z" grade rubbish that it is!

I LOVE this flick.

The acting is hysterical, the script at junior high-school level (I collapse on the lounge every time I hear Lazenby mouthing off to Wang Yu "I know your martial arts!") But man, this is high-voltage fun, a film that actually defies criticism. Wang Yu comes to Sydney to break up a drug smuggling ring headed up by the "and please leave your license to kill on my desk when you leave" former Bond non-event, George Lazenby. Following multiple impossible chop-socky set-to's with Lazenby's henchman, and George's own comical demise atop his penthouse, Wang Yu saves the day...and the girl! Great stuff!

If nothing else, this film earns a place in the hall of fame for delivering to the world British Jigsaw's SKY HIGH which I can never hear without remembering how young I was when this came out! Magic!

Trivia buffs might like to notice who that rather porky asian scumbag is trying to evade capture atop Ayer's Rock (now referred to as ULURU) during the early part of the flick and who later has his head unceremoniously pushed into the toilet by Wang Yu! None other than long-time Jackie Chan friend and Director - Sammo Hung! Martial arts choreographer without peer! Watch also for the exploding Toyota Crown scene at Ayer's Rock...that airborne door gave the on-set crew-members a few nervous moments!

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Australia | Hong Kong


Mandarin | English

Release Date:

August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragon Flies See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong See more »


Box Office


AUD535,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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