Foxbat

1977

Action / Drama

3
IMDb Rating 5.1 10 117

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Cast

Henry Silva as Michael Saxon
Vonetta McGee as Toni Hill
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
938.63 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 42 min
P/S 9 / 8
1.7 GB
1904*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 42 min
P/S 3 / 13

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

East meets west Hong Kong spy thriller

FOXBAT is one of those Hong Kong thrillers with a western-imported actor and director thrown in in a bid to sell the film to international audiences. This time around the hero of the piece is Henry Silva, who always looks like he should be playing the bad guy instead, playing a secret agent on the hunt for a stolen microfilm that has accidentally been swallowed by an innocent man. The story sounds ridiculous but it is played straight for the most part although there are a few outre moments.

British director Terence Young is credited as co-director and delivers an interesting film but one which has some pacing issues. I found the wealth of action to be fun, thrilling, and exciting, but the bits in between the action scenes are dull and talky. Silva seems to be depicted as a kind of Bond-style Lothario which doesn't come across as very convincing. The story was written by Philip Chan who also plays one of the bad guys; western audiences know him well for his roles in the likes of HARD-BOILED and DOUBLE IMPACT and he brings extra grittiness to this production.

There are some fine and destructive car chases in this film along with the usual shoot-outs and martial arts scenes. The bit in which Silva is forced to tackle a burly Sumo wrestler in his hotel room is a highlight and straight out of Bond, although even more violent. Popular Hong Kong actor Roy Chiao (DRAGONS FOREVER) is one of the main bad guys while Vonetta McGee is the love interest on hand, perhaps to bring in some blaxploitation value. Bizarrely, old American actor Rik Van Nutter, known for his Italian cinema career in the 1960s, is here too in his penultimate screen appearance. FOXBAT only seems available to view on old public domain copies these days which is a shame as a pristine widescreen DVD release would work wonders for it.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 4 / 10

A chaotic mess.

When a Russian fighter pilot defects to Japan with his revolutionary aircraft—a Mig-25 AKA Foxbat—C.I.A. agent Michael Saxon (Henry Silva) is tasked with smuggling photographs of the plane out of Japan. Having taken the pictures with a camera hidden in his glass eye, Saxon places the film in a hollow cough lozenge, but runs into problems when the sweet is eaten by flamboyant Chinese chef Cheung (James Yi Lui), leading to several other ruthless parties trying to capture the cook.

Narratively speaking, Foxbat is a mess: the action jumps awkwardly from scene to scene and it is frequently unclear as to who the characters are, what they are doing and why. Director Po-Chih Leong delivers a smattering of crazy action—Saxon fighting a sumo wrestler, the agent killing his opponent with a toothbrush, a hospital shootout, and several scenes of vehicular mayhem including a chase through the streets of Hong Kong, Saxon commandeering a bus to pursue his quarry—but it's not nearly enough to compensate for the thoroughly confusing plot.

3.5 out of 10, generously rounded up to 4 for the torture of Cheung with a feather, a full body burn stunt followed by a massive explosion, and Vonetta McGee (as streetwise babe Toni Hill, also trying to get her hands on the film) doing a high dive onto a sidewalk.

N.B. Bond director Terence Young acted as script consultant, and somehow ended up with a co-director credit.

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