The Naval Commandos (1977)


Introduction

Naval Commandos (Hai jun tu ji dui) is a Shaw Brothers film directed by Chang Cheh, who is famous for his martial arts cinematography, but ventured into military combat action with the production of this war movie based upon the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).

Outline

The Chinese Navy led by its captain (Ti Lung) is attempting to defend its coastline from a Japanese attack, they send their commando unit led by Szu Shih into the mainland to enlist help to thwart the Japanese before they attack. Japanese officers have been hanging out in a place owned by David Chiang and his hot-headed body guard Fu Sheng but they are secretly opposed to the Japanese. The commandos enlist the help of Chiang and Sheng to kill the Japanese officers led by Shan Mao and destroy their attacking ships.

Cast

  • Liu Yung – Chinese Navy Admiral Vice-Admiral An Chi Pang.
  • Ti Lung – Chinese Navy Captain Liang Kuan Chin.
  • David Chiang – Shanghai Boss Song San.
  • Fu Sheng – Shanghai resistance fighter Shiao Liu.
  • Chi Kuan-Chun – Chinese Navy Captain Hu Ching Yuan.
  • Shih Szu – Shanghai resistance movement leader Cui Hsia.
  • Kuo Chui – Naval Commando Sergeant Shu Kuan.
  • Chiang Sheng – Naval Commando Sergeant Chiang Ping Kuang.
  • Lu Feng – Naval Commando Sergeant Shu Shiang-Lin.
  • Tang Yen-Tsan – Naval Commando Sergeant Shao Kang Fa.
  • Shan Mao – Japanese Naval Captain Hiroda.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Cheh Chang.
    • Wei-Bin Liu … (co-director).
    • Hsueh-Li Pao … (co-director).
    • Wu Ma … (co-director).
  • Producer(s):
    • Run Run Shaw … producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Yung-Hsiang Chang … (screenplay).
  • Music:
    • Yung-Yu Chen.
  • Cinematography:
    • Mu-To Kung.
  • Editor(s):
    • Hsing-Lung Chiang.
  • Production:
    • Chang’s Film Company.
    • China Motion Pictures Company.
    • Shaw Brothers.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Filmes Lusomundo (1979) (Portugal) (theatrical).
    • Shaw Brothers (1977) (World-wide) (theatrical).
    • World Northal (1981) (USA) (theatrical) (as ‘Naval Commandos’).
    • Celestial Pictures (2005) (World-wide) (all media) (international sales agent).
    • Intercontinental Video (2006) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (region 3).
  • Release Date: 07 April 1977.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 112 minutes.
  • Country: Hong Kong and Taiwan.
  • Language: Cantonese.

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