I'll Get You One Day (1970)
Reviewed by: duriandave on 2005-07-13
I’ll Get You One Day is the final collaboration between director Chan Lit Ban and Connie Chan. The two first worked together when she was just 15 years old on New Tale of the Flying Crane in 1962. Over the next eight years, he would direct Connie in 26 films, among which are some of her greatest swordplay and action films. Chan first started off at MP&GI, where he was assistant director on such classics as The Wild, Wild Rose and The Greatest Civil War on Earth. But it wasn’t until he joined Sin-Hok Kong-luen that he started making his mark as one of the great innovators of Cantonese martial-arts cinema.

Needless to say, I’ll Get You One Day is an outstanding action thriller with five musical numbers thrown in for good measure. In other words, it is a fairly typical Connie Chan film: a medley of fighting, singing, romance, and cross-dressing. Those who are adverse to the gratuitous insertion of songs in Hong Kong films, will undoubtedly object to their presence here. Set in a nightclub, the first three come one after another in gently psychedelic waves of MTV fantasy. Another song later comes out of nowhere during a sequence where Connie disguises herself as a tough guy and infiltrates a gang of crooks in order to rescue the kidnapped Nancy Sit. After the thugs collapse on the floor of their pad, stoned and epileptic from taking booze and pills, Connie and Nancy suddenly break into a funky song and dance routine. Why? Why not.

Connie is no Grace Chang when it comes to dancing. She seems much more graceful when she’s kicking butt. And that she does aplenty. It’s a good sign that I’ll Get You One Day starts off with Connie, a judo instructor, flipping her students to the mat one after another in quick succession. Throughout the rest of the movie, we are treated to a series of tautly choreographed fights by action maestro Lau Kar Leung. Here we can already see the dynamic principles of constructive shooting that would become a hallmark of Hong Kong action cinema. The film’s finale is an amazing chase-and-fight, starting in the streets, moving into a stranger’s house, and ending up in the ruins of an abandoned village. I’ll Get You One Day is proof positive that Connie Chan was Hong Kong’s premiere female action star.
Reviewer Score: 9