Written by: John White on December 5th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1975
Director: Hua Shan
Cast: Danny Lee, Yuan Man-tzu, Wang Hsia
DVD released: October 2005
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 (Cantonese and Mandarin)
DVD Release: Celestial
Region Coding: Region 3 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.95
Some time in the middle of the decade of tank tops and silver jumpsuits, malevolent aliens awaken from a sleep lasting since the Ice Age. Determined to claim the planet for their own the aliens attack cities causing death and destruction in their wake. The only thing to bar their path to world domination is Professor Liu and his team of daredevil scientists. Because of the emergency he presses on with his project to create a super human, Super Inframan.
Once ready Professor Liu gets his trusted head scientist and heart-throb(Danny Lee) to volunteer to become a walking talking transistor and so Super Inframan is born. Super Inframan fights off the aliens led by their Valkeyrian leader and his success in thwarting their plans make him the aliens’ prime target. When the design plans are stolen, can the Aliens find his achilles heal?
Prepare yourself for camp movie nonsense from the decade that style forgot. This is great fun. Super Inframan is indescribable – a mixture of Godzilla, Evil Knievel and Lost in Space. Danny Lee plays the eponymous hero and kicks butt with a handsome charm and the monsters are well designed men in suits who wave their arms about – a lot, really, a lot. The story is really irrelevant but the fights and wonderful matte effects more than make up for this. Definitely a great Friday night in movie with monsters aplenty and models of cities wrecked without a second’s thought for the consequences – oh the evil!
This is a pristine presentation with a little bit of information missing from the left of the screen. The picture does seem to have been lensed by Mr Magoo at times with all scenes falling out of focus at some point.
The sound is good with 5.1 offered in both Cantonese and Mandarin although this is not very natural sounding surround and the audio during opening titles is very metallic. The English subs are workable but far from perfect but dialogue is not a big feature of this film.
The extras are sparse with Filmographies of main stars and director sitting with 5 trailers from the Celestial range.
If you like monster movies like Terror Beneath the sea you will get a lot of fun from this film.