Thursday, January 7, 2010
★★ NINJA SHADOW KILLERS: TIGER FORCE
aka: Shadow Killers: Tiger Force, The Shadow Killers, The Shadow Killer
Directed by Tomas Tang (Godfrey Ho) Cast: Monica Lau Chi Wing, Leung Lai Sim, Lau Oi Yin
Director/ Producer Tomas Tang is one of many pseudonyms used by cut and paste maestro Godfrey Ho. As the story goes, once Ho left brother-in-law Joseph Lai's company, IFD (which continued to distribute many of his films), he started his own production company by the name of Filmark. Ho would buy and sell the company to his alias Tomas Tang to avoid paying taxes in the many Asian countries he filmed. After Tomas Tang (Ho) sold the company to Malaysian producer Ratno Timoer (who didn't know he had also sold the company to producer Wu Kuo-jen), Tomas Tang (Ho) conveniently died in a fire! After being investigated by police, Godfrey Ho kept making movies and Tomas Tang arose from the grave to make a dozen more. Ninja Shadow Killers: Tiger Force finds Godfrey Ho using the Tomas Tang credit and splicing newly shot ninja footage into the Korean women in prison film Revenge In The Tiger Cage (1976). The new plot involves those pesky ninjas kidnapping women by disrupting picnics and boat outings with ninja torpedoes! Once abducted, women are thrown into prison and eventually sold to the middle east. A rich industrialist hires Jenny "the good ninja" to infiltrate the prison camp and save his daughter Sylvia from the clutches of the evil ninja warden. These ninja inserts are pretty fun, but Godfrey Ho has cut out the juicy bits from the Revenge of the Tiger Cage footage! It's a shame because the brutal pacing in the middle would surely benefit from some sex and violence. Who knows what he was thinking - he probably intended to put the exploitive footage into another film is my guess.