Directed by: Robert Vincent O’Neill
Stars: Nancy Kwan, Ross Hagen, Maria De Aragon
Also known as : The Deadly and the Beautiful, Ongles rouges et cuisses d’acier, Le sensitive, As Super-Mulheres, Mujeres violentas, Mujeres de hierro, Liebesgrüsse aus Fernost
Description: Dr. Tsu is a brilliant surgeon with her own exotic island off the coast of Manila. Using her sexy, all-girl army of martial-arts experts, Tsu kidnaps some of the world’s greatest athletes. She is able to transplant any body part, so she uses the athletes for spare parts to sell to the world’s richest men. Mike Harber is a womanizing, wise-cracking insurance investigator for Lloyd’s of London sent to Manila to investigate the disappearance of a jai-alai player, and becomes involved with Dr. Tsu’s mad mission.
Immensely fun 70’s drive-in movie blast :
Rugged insurance investigator Mike Harber (a charismatic and engaging performance by Ross Hagen, who also produced this film) gets an assignment investigating the mysterious disappearances of popular athletes in the Philippines. Harber stumbles across a remote island fortress run by the evil Dr. Tsu (well played with deliciously wicked relish by Nancy Kwan) and squares off against her lethal army of sexy distaff kung-fu killers. Director Robert Vincent O’Neil, who also co-wrote the compact and eventful script with Lou Whitehill, relates the hugely entertaining story at a swift pace, presents some funky local Manila color (yep, there’s a cockfight at one point), handles the outrageous plot in a winning tongue-in-cheek manner, and stages the exciting action set pieces with rip-snorting brio (a lengthy car chase rates as the definite stirring highlight). This picture further benefits from a bevy of stunning exploitation cinema beauties: Ravishing redhead Maria De Aragon, fetching brunette Claire Polan (Hagen’s real-life wife), foxy blonde Roberta Collins, black knockout Shirley Washington, and even the always sumptuous Marilyn Joi in an uncredited small part. Better yet, there are spot-on spirited turns by cult favorites Sid Haig as Tsu’s suavely slimy business partner Gregorious and Vic Diaz as jolly cab driver Lapu-Lapu. Carson Whitsett’s funky-throbbing score does the get-down groovy trick. Ricardo M. David’s sunny cinematography provides an attractive bright look. A total grindhouse delight.