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INFRA-MAN - 4 Slimes
Rated PG
Copyright 1975 Shaw Brothers
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Infra-Man - Originally a man named Rayma, he has been imbued with amazing powers. In fact HE IS POWER! (Hehehehe!)
  • Professor Chan - Brilliant scientist who created the Infra-Man, I think he looks like a Chinese version of Colonel Sanders.
  • Chu Ming - Once Rayma's friend, now brainwashed and an agent for evil. Presumed dead after taking a lava bath.
  • The Octopus Mutant - Tentacled beast which can shoot an explosive fluid and teleport. Turned into calamari by our hero.
  • The Laser Horn Monster - Imagine if Rapunzel lived to be seventy and had about that many cats, this is what she would look like. Ends up sleeping with the fishes.
  • The Giant Beetle Monster - Normally just a "Big Beetle Monster," he can increase his size to cause more damage. Squashed by Infra-Man.
  • The Driller Beast - Equipped with a powerful drill on one arm, but no match for Infra-Man's rocket kick attack.
  • The Emperor of Doom - Scaly freak with red horns and mustache, he can spit fire and hide within solid rock. Unfortunately he is hiding inside a wall that Infra-Man kicks through.
  • The Iron Fist Robots - Twin constructs whose heads and spiked fists are deadly weapons (they're attached to the body with an industrial strength slinky). Disassembled by Infra-Man.
  • Princess Dragon Mom - Pound for pound you just can't beat a Chinese woman with bleached hair and a whip as the villain. Add the ability to transform into a flying lizard and I get all warm inside.
  • She-Demon - Administrative assistant for evil, she has eyes in the palms of her hands. I can think of several reasons not to want a point of view from that perspective. Knocked into a pit of lava by Infra-Man.
  • Skull Warriors - Hehehehe! People wearing black suits and helmets which have "bones" evident. Now what in the world could a kung fu film need dozens of generic fighters for?

Buy It!

The Plot: 

Make sure that you are sitting down for this.

A few years after my birth the Shaw Brothers (patron saints of Hong Kong kung fu flicks) made another movie, it was anything except "just another kung fu film," for they included a generous helping of science fiction. What you end up with is a jaw dropping production involving some guy in a red suit battling dozens of baddies, also dressed in various costumes.

Ultraman and Spectreman can certainly be considered ancestors to the "Power Rangers," but upon seeing this movie you must agree Infra-Man is their father. Of course this would be a very Chinese father for a group of very unChinese kids. Ethnic adultery aside, that is the deal.

You see, after sleeping through the last ice age Princess Dragon Mom wakes up. She is dismayed to find what was once her kingdom is now absolutely infested with humans and sets out to make them her slaves. Lucky for us that Professor Chan just finished developing the Infra-Man and Rayma immediately volunteers to become a super hero worthy of most French fashion shows.

Battling through dozens of monsters with kung fu, laser beams, and explosive kicks is what being Infra-Man is all about. Some of the fight scenes are absolutely priceless and the really fun thing is this: when not destroying stuff the evil mutants all stand around in a room dancing (badly). A careless observer will notice something vaguely *cough* resembling a zipper flap on the back of many foes, this is not what it appears to be. Evolution stuck that there, um, for some reason or another.

My only problem with becoming Infra-Man? That strange sound he makes doing anything, it would be rather disconcerting at times (think "public bathroom").

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Earthquakes are caused by angry women with bleached hair.
  • Scientists have a rank structure, just like the military.
  • Having a flashing red light under the diagram you are trying to follow is helpful.
  • The Japanese branch of the Hell's Angels just isn't the same.
  • Marco Polo was once a pretty dangerous game.
  • When Chinese people point it might come across as rude to Americans.
  • Never wear a scarf, it just provides a handy object for someone to gag you with.
  • Freezer burn greatly impedes on your kung fu.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • Opening Credits - I can already tell this is going to be special.
  • 3 mins - Why didn't he just back the van up? The city is on fire! What is going on? Help!
  • 10 mins - Good job, but there are more dolls to save.
  • 26 mins - There is a hole in the seat of his pants.
  • 38 mins - That must be one of those "here is what you are looking for" detectors.
  • 52 mins - Driller Beast is equipped with those massive claws, why doesn't he just smash up the place?
  • 61 mins - Professor Chan spent exactly two minutes bonding with his daughter, what a dad.
  • 63 mins - I thought it was "Mount Devil" and not "Mount Demon."
  • 88 mins - Repeatedly cutting her head off does not seem to be working. Still, it is a good thing that you are not fighting a hydra.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note inframan1.wav Dragon Mom: "Greetings to you Earthlings; I am Princess Dragon Mom. I have taken over this planet. Now I own the Earth, and you'll be my slaves for all eternity."
Green Music Note inframan2.wav Prof Chan: "This is the result of an entire life's work, the Infra-Man."
Rayma: "I don't understand."
Prof Chan: "To fight the underground invaders we need a man with supernatural powers."
Green Music Note inframan3.wav Dragon Mom: "I wish to speak to the mutants in their chamber. Focus them in at once!"
Green Music Note inframan4.wav Prof Chan: "There are other weapons I haven't given you as yet. For success it's essential you have thunderball fists."
Rayma: "I can have such a thing?"
Prof Chan: "That's right, thunderball fists!"

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Video Clipinframan1.mpg - 3.2m
Infra-Man is running amok in the enemy's control room here, battling Skeletons and She-Demon. I would try to explain further, but you are going to have to watch it. Just imagine an entire film like this!

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Re: Infra-Man
Reply #25. Posted on November 17, 2008, 12:00:18 PM by vanightwolf
Most of the standard information concerning the villains of 'Infra-Man' comes from the original Goodtimes Home Video VHS, and is somewhat misleading. The Goodtimes copy apparently padded out the original opening credits with brief film-snippets of the various "Sci-Fi Monsters" as they designated them. Princess Dragon Mom is designated "Wicked Dragon Mom" in these added credits, and her reptilian alter-ego is separately designated as the "Giant Flying Lizard" (although in the film, it is obvious this "Flying Lizard" is simply the Princess in her "battle form"). Except for She-Demon and Nemesis, none of the mutants are referred to by name in the movie -- Nemesis, by the way, being the actual name for "The Driller Beast". She-Demon is not even listed among the adversaries in the Goodtimes added credits, although she clearly is a monster, too. "The Octopus Mutant" is actually a MONSTROUS PLANT, not some cephalopod; why else would he become an enormous VINE when he plants himself? And the "Giant Beetle Monster" is actually a SPIDER; not only does he have web-designs all over him, but he even envelopes some of the good guys in globs of webbing.

Stiill ... 'Infra-Man' still ROCKS.

And one more thing: because 'The Six Million Dollar Man' and 'The Bionic Woman' were big hits on television during the film's initial release, 'Infra-Man' was originally billed as -- THE MAN BEYOND BIONICS!

Well, sort of ...
Re: Infra-Man
Reply #26. Posted on April 23, 2010, 11:04:19 PM by Smokin' Jo
Just to let you all know...I saw this movie in the theatre when it came out. I'm sure it was a sunny, summer Saturday afternoon. And after the show and for a week later I was Infra-Man Kung-Fu kicking my friends at school and giving them a dose of my Thunderbolt Fists.
I have always thought of this movie from time to time over the years. I plan to get a copy so I can show it to my son. Thanks for the memory.
Re: Infra-Man
Reply #27. Posted on May 09, 2010, 01:43:25 AM by Steve
I saw this movie as a kid at the drive in as a double feature with the Exorist
Re: Infra-Man
Reply #28. Posted on October 13, 2010, 07:54:03 PM by The Teletubby
In the clip the film was kind of a bad quality... is that just the recording or is the entire movie like that?
Re: Infra-Man
Reply #29. Posted on October 14, 2010, 08:03:12 AM by Andrew
In the clip the film was kind of a bad quality... is that just the recording or is the entire movie like that?

I wrote the review and caught the clip many years ago.  The movie was on VHS, and it was an original (not a copy), but I remember the quality was poor.  There is a DVD available now that has very good sound and picture quality, so don't let that deter you.  This film is a whole lot of silly kung-fu and monsters action fun.
Re: Infra-Man
Reply #30. Posted on October 14, 2010, 11:53:07 AM by Umaril The Unfeathered
In the clip the film was kind of a bad quality... is that just the recording or is the entire movie like that?

I wrote the review and caught the clip many years ago.  The movie was on VHS, and it was an original (not a copy), but I remember the quality was poor.  There is a DVD available now that has very good sound and picture quality, so don't let that deter you.  This film is a whole lot of silly kung-fu and monsters action fun.

The Shaw Brothers did their take on Japanese monster bashers. The film comes off as a demented Power Rangers episode (and looks much like one) and is an absolutely stinker (I mean that in a good way).  If you're looking for one of those movies that you just can't shut off (for curiosity of seeing where it goes or how it ends) this is your ticket.  BounceGiggle

Li Hsu Hsien is Inframan  (if I recall) and he had become a star in his own right when he played alongside Betty Ting Pei in Bruce Lee: His Last Days, His Last Nights.  Betty was the real-life actress who was with the rea; Bruce Lee the night he died, and took a big chance starring in this movie.
no, Infra-Man
Reply #31. Posted on October 14, 2010, 12:05:57 PM by Xenorama
actually, he didn't take a risk at all.  the Shaws were still in their "studio system" mode, so he made the movies they told him to make.  Bruce Lee... was made after Infra-man, as well.
Re: no, Infra-Man
Reply #32. Posted on October 14, 2010, 12:31:18 PM by Umaril The Unfeathered
actually, he didn't take a risk at all.  the Shaws were still in their "studio system" mode, so he made the movies they told him to make.  Bruce Lee... was made after Infra-man, as well.

Actually I was referring to Betty Ting Pei, being she was the actual woman that was with Bruce Lee the night he died. There was a serious backlash against her as "the woman that killed Bruce Lee" and for her to actually star in a film about that actual night in question was a very risky and bold move for her. She had a lot to face down.
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