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Philippines 1977
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directed by Leody M. Diaz
starring Johnson Yap, Joe Sison, Franco Guerrero, Danny Rojo, David McCoy, Ron Rogers, Steve Nicholson
story by Bobby A. Suarez, screenplay by Romeo N. Galang, music by Ruben Schimano

Bionic Boy

review by
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Sonny (Johnson Yap) is the 10 year old every other 10 year old would love to be - he's a martial arts champ, a TV personality ... and then in an ambush, his parents are murdered because his dad's an interpol agent, and he's left behind fatally injured. His life is saved in an emergency surgery, but bionic parts had to be implanted into his body to not lose him - bionic parts that make him superstrong and give him supernatural vision and hearing. So when an attack is launched on the home of Sonny's mentor and foster father Ramirez, Sonny is able to not only save everybody's life launching a spontaneous counter-attack, but also to kill quite a few of the assailants.

But why all these attacks? You see, Sonny's dad was on the trail of a mafia boss named Frank who aims to kill a few Filippino businessmen who are not cooperating with his organisation - including Ramirez. When Frank learns that not only Ramirez has survived and a few of his men were killed instead, but also that the son of the Interpol agent on his trail is still alive, he has Sonny kidnapped and taken to his own secret and highly fortified private island, where he wants his men to teach Sonny a lesson - but Sonny beats them up one after the other, until one grabs him from behind and throws him off a cliff. Sonny survives that, too and ultimately he's chained up at gunpoint, contained in a barrel of cement, then thrown into the sea. He even survives that unscathed, and now knows about the underwater fortifications around the island. So he sneaks into Frank's camp again, finds a radio to call Interpol, and the next day, the police attacks via helicopter. It's still Sonny though who takes out at least half of Frank's men on his own. Frank can make a clean getaway though ...

 

A weird action movie as because of its 10 year old star (a real life karate champ from Singapore), you'd consider it kiddie stuff - but it's very much on the violent side, there's plenty of gunplay, people get graphically riddled by bullets, the way Frank plans to get rid of Sonny rings particularly gruesome, and the 10 year old himself doesn't shy away from killing quite a few people. Also, the whole thing is made in a pretty no-nonsense way, with little in terms of irony (which for example rated high in the Weng Weng-movies), instead concentrating on the action for its own sake. This makes Bionic Boy certainly not a good movie in the traditional sense of the word, it's rather a trashy piece of action cinema that honestly speaking could have done with a higher budget and a little more care, but it's still good fun for people with lowered expectation on the quality side of things but an openness for somewhat silly pulp entertainment.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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