JESS FRANCO MONTH: La Sombra del Judoka el Doctor Wong (1985)

Judoka Shadow versus Doctor Wong finds Jess Franco in a genre he never attempted before or after: the martial arts movie, perhaps ten to fifteen years late.

Dr. Wong (Franco) has killed Mr. Jung, but the shadow of Bruce Lyn (Jose Llamas) appears and demands revenge. Literally a shadow. That wasn’t some kind of turn of phrase.

Meanwhile, two secret agents Phillip Morris and Maggie (Albino Graziani and Lina Romay) are investigating the murder just as Wong seeks to kill off another enemy.

Featuring footage from the Taiwan movie Nu ying xiong fei che duo bao(Seven to One) and with Franco doing a high pitched and nearly shut eyed Asian stereotype as the lead villain, I have no idea why this was made, but it’s not the only Dr. Wong movie that Franco would make.

Franco made 19 movies for Golden Films International and there were no constraints other than budget. Why anyone thought that Franco — not a director of action — could make a Brucesploitation movie is the kind of thing that keeps me writing about movies.

Jose Llamas, who played the Bruce of this movie, if not the poster, became Pepito Tiésez and appeared in several adult movies including El ojete de Lulú (Lulu’s Asshole), Las Chuponas (The Suckers) and Para las nenas, leche calentita (For the Girls, Warm Milk), all directed by Franco. Sadly, he died of AIDS at some point in the 80s.

As for Dr. Wong, I direct you — or implore you to avoid — Dr. Wong’s Virtual Hell.

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