1975 – Kill The Tiger (First Film Organisation [
[Philippines release date 30th March 1975, Hong Kong titles “Fei Hu Shen Tan”, “Da Du Xiao” and “Tiger Force”; released in Italy as “La Fuerza De Tigre” and in Spain as “Gángsters Policía y Kárate”]
Directors Joseph Kong [Hung], Danny Ochoa Writer Joseph Kong [Hung] Producer Wong Cheuk Hon Action Director Yuen Woo
Cast Sing Chen [also listed as Chen Xing], Jeanne Young, Lotis Key, Protacio Dee, Jim Delon, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Mark LeBuse, Chang Lee, Michael Chan Wai Man [also listed as Chan Wei Ming], Maricel Soriano, “Bruce Chen”/Bruce Tong Yim Chan, Jimmy “Lee”/Lung Fong, Cheung Lik, Yukio Someno, Jimmy Lung Fong, Wong Mei, Sham Chin-Bo, Mung Lai Sha, [uncredited] Nick Nicholson (debut)
Nick Nicholson on Kill The Tiger [from Nick’s own website “Fish Heads And Rice”]
I must go all the way back to 1973. I had recently been discharged from the Navy and was working for a Fire Protection firm in
On the appointed day, Tony and I skipped from work and we headed out on his motorcycle from
We were told to wait inside to the Hotel Lobby, so we hung out there while various movie types arrived. After a while the equipment arrived and the grips, gaffers and set dressers started to set up the Cocktail Lounge.Finally, we were ushered inside by a Chinese AD who couldn’t speak English, but through mime we figured out what he wanted. We all sat down at one table while other extras and actors were blocked for the scene. At another table was a half breed Filipino American girl who was going by the moniker of “Blue Seal” which referred to imported or PX cigarettes back in the old days!
The scene as I mentioned, was that we were to abuse Blue Seal, and in turn a stuntman form SOS was to interfere with our fun. We would then start to beat on him, then Chen Xing would kick everybody’s ass. While waiting for the scene to start, the AD went around the room, handing out packs of Chinese cigarettes to everybody. We were all encouraged to light them up and puff away. A Filipino AD came around and told us they didn’t have a smoke machine so we needed to smoke as much as possible to fill the place with smoke for the ambiance of a Cocktail Lounge. He told us not too worry as there were plenty of cigarettes in case we ran out! Well, this was my first exposure to making a film, and I didn’t know at the time that in future films I would be working on, it would be worse.
(from Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide) Depending on which source you read, Tiger Force is either a Japanese or American production. This is a moot point, since the whole megillah takes place in