Kick'em In The Ghoulies

"It's The Only Way To Survive"

Hong Kong Classic Review 

 

Prince of the Sun - 1990

   Starring :

 Conan Lee , Cynthia Rothrock , Lam Ching-Ying , Jeff Falcon

  

    1990


Even though having made quite a few Hong Kong films Cynthia set her sights on the states and with the help of Golden Harvest this all came to fruition, but one other film she made in the east later on was Prince of the Sun which was a kind of co starring role with the late great Lam Ching Ying and Conan Lee.


Now Prince of the Sun was a kind of eastern Golden Child as it was to do with the living Buddha here played by a small child (just like Golden Child)  Cynthia plays a monk from the Temple as do other monks who are evil and wish to destroy the living Buddha so evil may reign.

Lam  Chin Ying plays the protector of the child who is killed protecting him but Lam crops up through out as a spirit to help the young boy and Cynthia get to there goal.


Now the boy escapes the evil ones and gets hooked up with Conan Lee who is smuggling himself in to Hong Kong with his friend but gets separated from his friend and ends up helping the young boy and taking him to his friends relative house here played by Sheila Chan, who happens to be a crazy schemer and gambler,who upon witnessing the boys powers wants to use him for ill gotten gain.


But with the evil lama's on the trail to find the kid and Rothrock as his guardian angel out to save him what you end up with is a roller coaster ride of a film with lots of fighting near slapstick comedy and crazy story-lines some which are not very PC .

But this makes for some great entertainment.

It's a crack with these old Hong Kong films they just did not care who they offended as it was never ill intended. 

But you could not do the things they did then now i am sure. 


So even though only a co-starring role for Cynthia and she is doubled for a couple of scenes whether because of certain stunts or time constraints which is mostly the case with these old Kick flicks as shooting time was always on a tight schedule .

This is worth tracking down and seeing just for the crazy fights but i am sure it will entertain you  in other ways as well as it did me.



Score out of Ten  = 6

Reviewed by : Sertes Nake

 

Alternate Covers and Posters

Prince of the Sun was more of a feature for Conan Lee , but in most regions Cynthia was better known and it was her name and image used to sell the film. Her role is still very focused but it's interesting to see how in some advertising material Conan Lee#s involvement is only mentioned in small print, other poster have him billed alongside Cynthia and then the Chinese poster seel the film as a Lam Ching -Ying film.  But when it comes down to it  each of these three martial artist actors are a joy to watch and all three in the same film well your spoilt really. 
 

The Monks protect the Living Buddha

 
Lo and Behold the Living Buddha (above)

 

Trying to protect our saviour our band of heroes risk their lives

 Now they will have to fight

 

Conan Lee lashes out (above and Below)

 

Our Villain has far to much make up .

 

 Cynthia Rothrock wipes that make up off his face once and for all

 

Jeff Falcon feels the wrath of the Rothrock

 Yep that should do it.

 



Credits

Original Title :  Tai Yang Zhi Zi

Starring

 Cynthia Rothrock

Jeffrey Falcon

Conan Lee

Sheila Chan

Lam Ching Ying

Lau Shun

Wellson Chin

Wing Cheung Cheung

 

Distributors:  Golden Flare Films Company

Country : Hong Kong

Year: 1990

Runtime :  93 minutes  / 84 minutes ,dependent on version