Friday, June 10, 2011
FOR Y'UR HEIGHT ONLY
Eddie Nicart, 1981
Starring: Weng Weng, Yehlen Catral, Carmi Martin, Beth Sandoval
Yes, this is EXACTLY what you think it is. A Filipino midget super-spy movie. I'm not sure what else to say, other than that it was amazing and I haven't laughed so consistently throughout a movie in a long time.
Weng Weng aka Agent 00 has to rescue Dr. Van Kohler from the evil Mr. Giant, who has kidnapped him in order to learn how to make an N-bomb. Agent 00 happens to be an expert marksman, expert martial artist, expert lady seducer and all around spy-extraordinaire. And he's about three and half feet tall. Of course Mr. Giant's henchman thwart 00 at every turn, but with the help of a few hot lady accomplices, he manages to save the day.
I really don't want to do a detailed review of this. Part of the joy is that you know what's going to happen, but you still managed to be surprised by the sheer outrageousness. And woe be it for me to ruin that for anyone. This is one of those amazing films where suspension of disbelief is never an issue, which makes cinema magic possible at every turn.
Also, I can't stress enough that this film is RIDICULOUS. If you enjoy camp, exploitation, spy films, midgets and bad dubbing then For Y'ur Height Only is definitely for you. If you don't, you'll probably hate it and want to punch me in the face for recommending it.
Fortunately, For Y'ur Height Only is available from the wonderful Mondo Macabro as a two disc double feature with Challenge of the Tiger, which features Bruce Li, a Bruce Lee imitator and one of the stars of the Brucesploitation genre. You can also find The Impossible Kid on DVD, a sequel to For Y'ur Height Only that I haven't seen... yet.
I will leave you with the trailer. Pure bliss.