What’s Madame Lee up to? Oh, she’s just planning on killing Mr. Gioretti now, now that they’re done doing business with him. She sends her assistant and Death Machines to greet him at the airfield once he lands. As they drive there, they happen to be spotted by Frank as he drives with Florence.
This is one small city.
Florence takes down the plate number and Frank lets her out, telling her to get ahold of Lieutenant Forrester while he follows the group. After receiving the call and putting a tracer on the plate, Clay goes to try and stop the Death Machines himself. Not even Captain Green with his deep green complexion can stop him.
At the airfield, Frank hides in the brush and watches Mr. Gioretti’s plane land, and we see pretty much every shot of the plane landing and turning around. It really builds up the tension in these last 10 minutes.
Gioretti hands Madame’s assistant a briefcase full of money before getting back in the plane and getting ready to fly away.
The Death Machines pull out that kickass bazooka and assemble it.
Just as the plane is about to take off, it’s a goner.
After that, the group heads back to Madame Lee’s house, and Frank tails them there as well. Madame stands on her staircase like she loves to do, as her assistant informs her that Gioretti won’t be in the picture anymore.
After one of the Death Machines pushes her aside, Madame Lee suggests it’s time to kill them now. Her assistant seems confident that he can do this with a little gunny, even though he should know full well by now that even a bullet to the head essentially results in a bruise.
He walks up there, and we see Frank’s face outside as we hear three gunshots from within the house.
Like a genius, Frank walks up to the house to investigate afterward, opening the door and cautiously walking up the stairs.
When he finally gets upstairs, Madame jumps out of a room and starts attacking Frank maniacally with a sword, following him downstairs with it until she slashes his back as he leaves. I’m pretty sure Frank is the most understated film hero ever.
Frank’s lucky, however, because the cops show up in time to take Madame Lee out. So, are they the real heroes? It was Jerry Fart who took the shot. Doesn’t that make him the hero?
As Frank sits outside with Florence and just says, “It’s okay,” serving as the laziest protagonist ever, Clay explores the house and finds Madame’s assistant’s death by Death Machine.
Where oh where did the Death Machines go?
To an airport, of course, where they board a plane. How do they do this? They just walk up to the woman at the front desk without any luggage, hand her a single sheet of paper, and she just says that their flight is about to leave the gate. “Enjoy your flight,” she says with a smile. I wish it was that easy.
The film ends with this shot, indicating that the empty vessels of the film get the content, emotionless ending they deserved. I’m so happy for them.
Then the music gets a little weird and transitions to the “The End” card.
I don’t know about you, but to me that was everything a kung fu film should be. You have the ambiguous heroes who don’t even need to try in order to win over evil, the romantic woman whose only purpose is to fail to change the hero, a team of emotionless robotic men who experience no awakening and get the happy ending they need, and a main villain whose speech therapist must’ve been killed before the job could be finished.
I give this Paul Kyriazi classic a 5/5, a rating I just can’t resist giving to this timeless flick. Like the other films in the “Kung Fu Gunk Fu” series, you can get this film in the Kung Fu 20 Movie Pack over at Amazon for $7. You can also buy Death Machines here by itself, if you’d rather isolate it from its friends.