Eastern Condors (HK 1987)

Rating: ***
Director: Samo Hung
Cast: Samo Hung, Yuen Biao, Joyce Godenzi, Yuen Wah, Lam Ching Ying, Billy Lau, Yuen Woo Ping, Haing Ngor, cameos by Dick Wei, Billy Chow, Philip Ko, Wu Ma, Melvin Wong

A post-war Vietnam military operation flick featuring that hard hitting style of Samo's other pictures. The whole tone of the film is grim and bleak, highlighted only by excellent stunt work and fight scenes. And oh, that Joyce Godenzi's eyes are so sad! A lot of kung fu heavy hitters show up in this film including Dick Wei and Billy Chow. Samo and company go on a suicide mission to Vietnam to destroy an abandoned ammunition dump with the aid of Joyce Godenzi's Cambodian babe squad. Of course, most of them die in the process. Also of note, there is a really gross scene where Yuen Biao rips the head off of a snake (for real???). Ick!