The Dynamite Brothers (1974)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2001-09-09
Summary: Yellow and Black Power
This film seems be trying to cash in on both the popularity of Bruce Lee's films and black power films of the early 70s. Shaft meets Fist of Fury, perhaps ? There's only a few token white faces in this one.

Alan Tang is pretty good in this one. He gets to look tough and kick they stuffing out of several bad guys at once, several times. But that's about the only good news. Everyone else plays their roles in a fairly deadpan manner, even during the fight scenes or when one of their fellows die. The story is easy to follow but the pacing is pretty poor, and it's hard to feel for most of the characters, as they vary between being wooden and cardboard. One problem is that the black guys spend so much time looking cool that they never really heat up !

So, who'd watch it ? Well, I think any fan of Alan Tang, if only for curiosity. Also, it's fun to see Lam Ching Ying looking so youthful. His part is quite minor, of course, but he did choregraph the action, which is pretty well done in places. I haven't listed the other cast, as they are primarily Americans, and are thus covered elsewhere. Overall, below average.

A word on the alt title. I rented this film under the title Killing Of A Chinese Bookie. My minimal research has turned up no info about why this alt title was chosen. There's no Chinese bookie anywhere in the story. To confuse matters more, John Cassavettes made a film in 1976 (three years later) of the same name, but the two films have no other apparent connection. The copy I rented was distributed by a long-deceased Australian action company, King Of Video, and bears the 1985 copyright of something called 14th Mandolin. Perhaps someone somewhere along the line got confused.
Reviewer Score: 3