Foxbat (1977)


Introduction

Foxbat (simplified Chinese: 蝠狐; traditional Chinese: 狐蝠; pinyin: Hú Fú; Jyutping: Woo fook) is a 1977 action spy film directed by Po-Chih Leong, co-written by Terence Young, and starring Henry Silva, Vonetta McGee, Rik Van Nutter, and Roy Chiao. It is based on an original story by Philip Chan and Leong, and is based on the circumstances surrounding the defection of Soviet Air Force pilot Viktor Belenko and the capture of the MiG-25 “Foxbat” fighter.

Outline

An international race is being waged to obtain the blueprints of a MIG-25 Foxbat Soviet fighter plane that has landed in Japan. Michael Saxon, an undercover US spy, has secretly taken photos of the aircraft, and now he faces overwhelming odds to transport the microfilm back to his home country. While Saxon bides time in Hong Kong, a Chinese cook accidentally swallows the microfilm, and unwittingly becomes a target as well.

Cast

  • Henry Silva as Michael Saxon.
  • Vonetta McGee as Toni Hill.
  • Rik Van Nutter as Crays.
  • James Yi Lui as Cheung.
  • Roy Chiao as Vod.
  • Gigo Tevzadze as Mr. Lamont.
  • Philip Chan as Lee.
  • Melvin Wong as Victor.
  • Hung Wong as Musad.
  • Fred Marshall as Dahlbeck.
  • Nick Lam Wai Kei as Boris.
  • Chin-tai Tse as Sung.
  • Mei-te Tan as Mrs. Lamont.
  • Chung-hsin Tang as Chow.
  • Yuen Wah as Feng.

Release

The film was initially released in Hong Kong under the title Woo fook on 15 December 1977. While not receiving a US theatrical release, it was subsequently broadcast on CBS television.

Trivia

  • It was the first English-language production for the Hong Kong-based Leong.
  • English filmmaker Young made some contributions to the script, which led to him being advertised as a co-director in many countries, though he was not involved in the actual shooting of the film.
  • Despite being targeted at the American market, it was not released in the United States theatrically, and was eventually aired on CBS under the title ‘’Operation Foxbat’’.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Po-Chih Leong.
  • Producer(s): Chi-Ming Yip.
  • Writer(s): Les Roberts (screenplay), Terence Young (screenplay), Philip Chan (story), and Po-Chih Leong (story).
  • Music: Roy Budd.
  • Cinematography: Tony Hope.
  • Editor(s): Raymond Poulton.
  • Production: Bang bang Film Productions.
  • Distributor(s): Golden Harvest (Hong Kong) and Miracle Films (UK).
  • Release Date: 15 December 1977.
  • Running Time: 107 minutes.
  • Rating: 18.
  • Country: UK and Hong Kong.
  • Language: English.

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