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George Lazenby (Actor) | Angela Mao (Actor) | Ding Pei | Huang Feng (Director)
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Stoner (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Bruce Lee is nowhere to be seen, but his legacy is all over 1974's Stoner. Had he lived long enough to make it, the film would surely need no introduction. Originally set to star Lee, one-time James Bond George Lazenby (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), and Japanese action master Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter), Stoner was designed to be a surefire global blockbuster. Chiba dropped out when Lee unexpectedly died shortly before filming began, but Lazenby was contractually bound to complete the picture. Fortunately the studio gave him the best replacement costar available - Angela Mao (Lady Whirlwind), the "female Bruce Lee" whose high-flying kicks and fierce onscreen presence earned her a deserved cult following in her own right. Also on hand is Betty Ting (Bruce Lee and I), Lee's rumored mistress and familiar 1970s eye candy.

Stoner is, appropriately enough, about a secret agent named Stoner (Lazenby), who comes to Hong Kong to battle - what else? - stoners. Stoner has traced production of a lethal and highly addictive new drug to an underworld crime lord known as "Mr. Sin," and, with a little help from his Chinese counterpart Angela Li (Mao), sets out to infiltrate Mr. Sin's organization and bring it down. A conscious imitation of the popular James Bond series, Stoner's over-the-top 70s camp may appeal more to fans of Austin Powers, but the action is solid, and Mao is undeniably the coolest Bond girl that never was.

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Product Title: Stoner (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 鐵金剛大破紫陽觀 (DVD) (香港版) 铁金刚大破紫阳观 (DVD) (香港版) アンジェラ・マオ 暗黒街のドラゴン 電撃ストーナー (鐵金剛大破紫陽觀) (香港版) Stoner (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): George Lazenby (Actor) | Angela Mao (Actor) | Ding Pei 佐治拉辛比 (Actor) | 茅瑛 (Actor) | 丁珮 佐治拉辛比 (Actor) | 茅瑛 (Actor) | 丁佩 George Lazenby (Actor) | 茅瑛(アンジェラ・マオ) (Actor) | 丁珮(ベティ・ティンペイ) George Lazenby (Actor) | Mao Ying (Actor) | Ding Pei
Director: Huang Feng 黃楓 Huang Feng Huang Feng Huang Feng
Producer: Raymond Chow 鄒文懷 邹文怀 鄒文懷(レイモンド・チョウ) Zou Wen Huai
Release Date: 2009-08-27
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: II
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Joy Sales (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021157939

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Director : Huang Feng
Producer : Raymond Chow

The story begins with a special agent Angela Mao investigating the peculiar circumstances of the recent purchase of several ships destined for the breakers' yards of Hong Kong. Steven, a special policeman from America, comes to Hong Kong to investigate the unidentified drug smugglers who are responsible for his girlfriend's death. Mr. Sinn, the powerful man of the Asian mafia, orders his men to destroy Steven at any cost. Meanwhile, Angela successfully reaches the island of Sinn and the shrine of the Ultimate Bliss, the headquarters of the largest drug smuggling operation in Asia. Posing as a hawker, she continues to gather evidence to put Sinn's gang behind bars. As Steven closes in on Sinn's operation, he crosses paths with Angela. Unfortunately, they are both caught by Sinn. They're thrown into a small cage and forced to take drugs. Can they run away? Will Sinn's gang be put behind bars?
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December 16, 2009

For fans of martial arts and cult cinema, Stoner has a truly fascinating production history and cast. The film was originally set to be the biggest budgeted kung fu film to come from Asia, and was to star none other than the legendary Bruce Lee in the lead role, alongside Japanese genre favourite and The Street Fighter himself, Sonny Chiba, as well as George Lazenby, who for many discerning aficionados remains the best James Bond ever to grace the screen. Unfortunately, after Lee died, Chiba jumped ship, leaving the production somewhat stranded. Thankfully, director Huang Feng was able to bring in the best possible replacement in the fierce, shapely form of Kung Fu queen Angela Mao, who he had worked with before on such classics as When Taekwondo Strikes, Lady Whirlwind, The Himalayan and the awesome Angry River. As if the dynamite combination of Mao and Lazenby wasn't enough, on a perhaps more intriguing note, the film also features the one and only Betty Ting, whispered to have been Bruce Lee's mistress and with him at the time of his death - at least according to Bruce Lee and I, the infamous bad taste Shaw Brothers exploitation howler that took a less than respectful look at his final days.

Despite its title, the film isn't a marihuana epic, but follows Lazenby as the titular Australian policeman who heads to Hong Kong to track down the drug smugglers responsible for the death of his girlfriend. At the same time, Mao plays a Taiwanese agent investigating the same case, tracing the mysterious purchase of a number of ships. Their efforts lead them both to the island of underworld kingpin Mr. Sin, where they are rather easily captured. Needless to say, the villain is not the most competent, coming up with a strange scheme of caging the two and trying to make them take drugs, pushing them to join forces and bring his evil empire down - something he really should have seen coming.

As might be expected, Stoner is a pretty wacky affair, with a great deal of 1970s style psychedelic colour and far out costumes and sets, and some wonderfully far out dialogue. Whilst this does make any drama a little hard to take seriously, it certainly makes for a great deal of fun, and the film is incredibly entertaining throughout in the finest high camp fashion. The cast all live up to expectations, with Lazenby great in the lead role, looking a good deal sleazier than he did in In Her Majesty's Secret Service thanks to a superbly unkempt moustache. Angela Mao is similarly excellent, and though fans may wish she had a little more screen time, she effectively steals all of her scenes thanks to another commanding, kick ass performance. As in so many of her films, Sammo Hung shows up as an evil thug, mainly to act as a human punch bag, though this time he does at least get to have Betty Ting as his girlfriend.

The film basically works as an oddball Bond spoof by way of Enter the Dragon with director Feng throwing in as many familiar and then-hip elements as he can cram into the short running time. As a result, and no doubt also due to its troubled production history, the film is a bit of a crazy mess, and things do get a bit scattershot in places. However, this only serves to make it all the more enjoyable, and Feng has the good sense to keep the action coming thick and fast, with an impressive number of fight scenes that are generally well choreographed and inventive, with Mao tearing her way through amusingly never ending hordes of henchmen and Lazenby acquitting himself surprisingly well.

Stoner really never has a dull moment, and provides action packed, groovy entertainment from start to finish. An instant must-see cult item thanks to its magnificent, once in a lifetime cast, it arguably manages to transcend any fevered wonderings as to what could have been had Bruce Lee lived and starred, and stands as an unconventional kung fu classic in its own right.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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