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Five Golden Dragons (1967)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | April 1967 (UK)
A naive young American playboy in Hong Kong finds himself caught up in the middle of an international crime.

Director:

Jeremy Summers

Writer:

Harry Alan Towers (screenplay) (as Peter Welbeck)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Cummings ... Bob Mitchell (as Bob Cummings)
Margaret Lee ... Magda
Rupert Davies ... Comm. Sanders
Klaus Kinski ... Gert
Maria Rohm ... Ingrid
Sieghardt Rupp ... Peterson
Roy Chiao ... Inspector Chiao
Brian Donlevy ... Dragon #3
Dan Duryea ... Dragon #1
Christopher Lee ... Dragon #4
George Raft ... Dragon #2
Maria Perschy ... Margret
Yukari Itô Yukari Itô ... Guest Singer (as Yukari Ito)
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A naive young American playboy in Hong Kong finds himself caught up in the middle of an international crime.

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Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | German | Chinese

Release Date:

April 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Altın Canavar See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Swedish premiere was in Norrköping, not in Stockholm, as is the usual case. See more »

Goofs

When the murdered Margret (Maria Perschy) is discovered lying on bed in her hotel room with her neck having been broken, we watch Commander Sanders (Rupert Davies) and Bob Mitchell (Bob Cummings) - after having examined Margret's corpse - in the foreground discussing their further proceedings to solve the crimes that have been committed so far in the movie. In the background we observe the dead body of Margret blinking with both her eyelids several times! A dead person surely can't do that. See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was re-edited and cut by approx. 20 minutes. The DVD release from Koch Media includes the original British version. See more »

Connections

References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Five Golden Dragons
Music by Malcolm Lockyer
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Performed by Margaret Lee (as The Voice of Domino)
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Your Standard Sixties Action Spy Thriller...
1 September 2019 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

To call this a strange thriller would be an understatement. The strangeness comes from the story itself. In the blurb for this flick, it declares a young naive American Playboy in Hong Kong finds himself caught up in international crime. Even though, at first glance, Bob Mitchell is just that - and he plays the part - he's actually a middle-aged Doctor. Bob, for some reason that is never explained, is to meet up with a businessman he talked to onboard his cruiseliner. This man is followed from the moment he disembarks. He rushes to an abandoned apartment in a block on the outskirts of the city and is promptly thrown over the balcony to his death. On his way to the apartment, he hands the taxi driver a cryptic note for Bob, which just reads Five Golden Dragons.

From here on in we enter a cat and mouse chase as Bob tries to find out about the dragons while staying out of the reach of assassins.

This film sports a marvellous cast. Christopher Lee, George Raft, Brian Donlevy, Klaus Kinski, Roy Chiao, Rupert Davis, Margaret Lee, Maria Rhom, and Robert Cummings. However, the majority of the talent, though consistent, is underused, Even the supplemental cast is strong in their portrayals. It's just the story that lets them down.

I cannot believe for a second that the Dragons are not Chinese and yet they run and control every illegal operation in Hong Kong. Let alone that these five crime lords are about to sell their enterprises to the Mafia. In fact, as the story progresses you begin to wonder if the writer, Peter Welbeck, wasn't just bolting things on as he went along. "Oh, I've had an idea, let's throw it in an see if it sticks." If this is the case then I take my hat off to the director, Jeremy Summers, who still created and crafted a nicely shot movie.

However, I'm not too sure if this was meant to be a comedy or a straight action spy thriller. There are times when everything is played as straight as a ruler. Then Summers throws in a curveball, such as a chase scene where Bob is being pursued by some assassins up one of the iconic period towers in Hong Kong. For some reason, the music being used is lighthearted and uses the "Shave And A Hair-Cut, Two Bits" refrain... Da... Da-Da Da Da... Da Da. As well as having a comedic sound when one of his pursuers is tossed over the parapet. Also, a lot of Bob's narrative has humorous overtones. All of this keeps the film light and makes it enjoyable in a weird kind of way.

This is pretty much your standard sixties action spy affair - though nowhere near James Bond's calibre. It's entertaining in its way and the peculiarity of some of the scenes will keep you watching. The ending may leave you feeling a little cold. This could have been so much better. It's one of those scenes that feels and looks rushed and "bolted" on. You should never do that at the climax it can easily ruin a film, which this so nearly does.

If you like lighthearted action thrillers with beautiful scantily clad ladies and a pinch of humour and a smattering of oddness then this could be your film. I enjoyed it but I doubt I'll watch it again - even though I now have a crush on Margaret Lee and Maria Perschy... Ah, if I could only time travel...


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