Bomba the Jungle Boy film 8:
After years of living alone in the jungle, Bomba (Johnny Sheffield)
decides he has to find out who his parents were and wht happened to them.
To this end, he heads for chief Gamboso's (Martin Wilkins) village, where
he has tracked his former nanny Linasi (Amanda Randolph) down to - and en
route he saves the life of Linda (Karen Sharpe), daughter of gouvenment
inspector Ward (Walter Sande), who is presently inspecting Gamboso's
village, and he is very content about the progress the village is making.
However, when Bomba enters the village, he is met with distrust,
especially from chief Gamboso and his daughter Baru (Suzette Harbin), and
he is told his former nanny is dead. But when he leaves, Kokoli (Morris
Buchanan) follows him into the jungle and tells him that Linasi actually
does live outside the village and she does know the secret of his origin
and of his parents' whereabouts, because she was the wife of the rightful
chief of the tribe and he, Kokoli, is her son.
Bomba meets Linasi, and she tells him that her parents were killed
because they knew that Gamboso usurped the rule over the village, and that
they are now buried in a cave with Bomba's father's diary proving all of
Gamboso's wrongs ... but before she can tell him the exact location of the
cave, she is killed by a poisoned dart, and Bomba is promptly accused of
the murder, and the natives have him arrested - however, Linda, whose life
he saved, forces the natives to release him at gunpoint and furthermore
promises Bomba to find the cave in which his father is buried - a promise
she had rather not made since Gamboso and Baru can't let the truth be
known - so once inspector Ward and Linda have left the village in search
for the cave, Gamboso and Baru and their men follow them, and Ward and
Linda have only Bomba and Kokoli to defend them.
Ultimately though, an over-eager Baru almost falls prey to her own evil
deeds when she sets the jungle on fire to burn her adversaries alive but
gets caught beneath a falling tree, and it's up to Bomba to save her.
Eventually, everybody finds refuge from the fire in a cave ... that
just happens to be the last resting place of Bomba's parents, and here
Bomba finds the diary that proves that Gamboso has indeed usurped the
throne. Faced with the diary, Baru commits suicide by leaving the cave and
running into the fire, while her father is handed over to the authorities
and Kokoli is made the new - and rightful - leader of the tribe.
Though being already the eighth installment in the series, Bomba and
Jungle Girl is the best film so far: It's more serious and sober in
tone than that of previous Bomba-flicks, it features plenty
of atmosphere (visibly on a budget of course, but atmosphere still), for a
change Bomba is not just a do-gooder but has real personal motivations for
what he does, and the story is actually quite intelligent and lacks the
over-the-topness of many contemporary jungle films.
As far as cheap jungle fare goes, this one's pretty good.
One thing though, despite the title, there is no actual jungle girl in
the movie, there are two female lead characters - one good (Linda) one
evil (Baru) - but neither of them fits the description to the t and it's
never made clear which one the title could have meant. Seems to methe
title department and the script department were just not communicating too
well at this one.