Zhong guo chao ren (1975)
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Super Inframan is a Chinese rip-off of Ultraman and Kamen Rider and ultimately, of Godzilla, with the same requisite scenes of scientists explaining the situation around a conference table before returning to their mod SPECTRE surplus bases. Demons from underground - either luscious queens with metal bras or monsters in nerf costumes - have "invaded" the Earth (actually, just made their presence known), and the forces of good turn Danny Lee into a superhero to fight them. Though the formula is derivative, there's a lot of imagination and energy thrown at the screen as action set piece follows action set piece with plenty of variety, crazy costumes, and lots of explosive kung fu action besides. The early 80s effects are pretty fun too, colorful and at times surprising. According to an interview with the director presented in pdf format, Shaw's was trying to cash in on the Japanese superhero craze, but before the film's release, a kid had thrown himself out the window in imitation of his favorite hero, and love for the genre dissipated, leaving Inframan a failure at the box office. Probably why it's a one-off in Chinese cinema.
This is quite possibly the funniest movie i've ever seen. I was doubled over laughing most of the time. I could not take my eyes off the screen. Every frame was awesome. Best to watch with friends.
Booom! boom! and everything blows up
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!