Monday, January 17, 2011
FOR Y'UR HEIGHT ONLY (1981)
Filipino-made, martial arts-filled, James Bond takeoff flick featuring the amazing kung-fu abilities of Mr. Weng Weng, who is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest man to ever be the star of his own motion picture. This is truly the type of picture that needs to be seen to be believed and is something that could only be made in The Philippines. Standing at a tiny 2'9" and dubbed with a pip-squeaky little voice, Weng elevates this movie from what would have been just another silly kung-fu spoof to something remarkably entertaining. He does all his own stunts which consist of lots of hits to his enemies balls, some nifty acrobatics and a bunch of gun-play. Plus his comedy stylings, peeping on naked ladies, disco dancing or cracking nutty one-liners work great in his portrayal of a mini-James Bond who, of course, is quite the ladies man. The bizarre dubbing and slapstick antics only help to keep me watching what most people would probably label a terrible film but that's their loss. For such a little guy, Weng is reportedly the biggest star to ever come out of the Philippines and I can see why. You can't help but root for this guy. This is actually Weng's 5th film appearance and he went on to do a few more as Agent 00. I'll definitely be looking to find some of his other films.