This joint Australian/Hong Kong production co-starred former one-time James Bond George Lazenby and top Hong Kong martial arts star Jimmy Wang Yu.
Inspector Fang (Wang Yu), a tough special branch police inspector from Hong Kong, is sent to investigate a drug ring in Australia, but his violent crime-busting methods make him very unpopular with the Australian police force.
Leaving his two Australian police guardians (Hugh Keays-Byrne and Roger Ward) several steps behind, the hero from Honkers sets out with a vengeance to catch crime boss Jack Wilton (Lazenby), who, according to the Aussie cops, can’t be touched.
Much of the action is kung-fu related (the co-production company, Golden Harvest, produced the Bruce Lee films) but a saving sense of humour prevails amongst the exploding cars, fast action chases and violent stunts.
After a few glimpses of Hong Kong, Australia provides an attractive cinemascope setting, including sweeping views of Ayers Rock and Sydney Harbour. One superb shot features a hang-glider suspended over the harbour above the Sydney Opera House.
During filming, Jimmy Wang Yu had an accident when his hang-glider stalled 30 metres above the ground. He crashed into a sand dune and was knocked out. A stuntman flying the glider also had to be rescued from Sydney Harbour six times in one day.
Director and screenwriter Brian Trenchard-Smith was also injured during the fight scenes by a chemical spray.
The film was released in the USA as The Dragon Flies.
Inspector Fang Sing Leng
Jimmy Wang Yu
Hung Kam Po