Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Infra-Man aka The Super Inframan (1975, Shan Hua)

"Princess Dragon Mom and her mutant army have arisen, and only Inframan can stop them!"

I don't even know what to make of this film. Its absurd, over the top, ridiculous, and tons of fun. I can honestly say I loved every single minute of this camp classic that so desperately needs a strong cult following.

The plot deals with Princess Dragon Mom coming out of the underworld after being there since before the Ice Age. She arrives out of a volcano and is quick to start her plan of world domination by spawning a lot of crazy looking monsters and some computers to put the plan into motion. No one can defeat her and her monsters until a top scientist decides to make an ordinary man into the all powerful Infra-Man (!!) . Infra-Man has powers no normal humans have such as rocket boots, thunderball fists (!!!), laser beam eyes, and the power to become a huge being. With these powers he sets out to defeat all the monsters, destroy Princess Dragon Mom, and save the world! Yeah, this movie is too awesome.

Infra-Man is a copy of Japan's Ultraman but done in the Shaw Brothers type of style. By this I mean that Infra-Man knows a lot of kung fu and fights every monster, who also knows kung fu, in forests and crazy looking sets. This all adds to a great delirious effect of colors, sounds, and sights.

The whole movie plays out like a Power Rangers episode on acid. It really is an odd movie that you have to see to believe. A lot of people will hate the crap out of it but if you are able to lose yourself in the camp and not take everything too seriously you should have a great time. I know I did.

- Ridiculously Awesome

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