Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975)

Legendary Shaw Bros. Studios teams up with Hollywood’s legendary Warner Bros. Studios to make a big budget, international “blaxploitation” movie set against the background of Macau and Hong Kong. Starring Tamara Dobson and Stella Stevens, the film is a sequel to 1973’s Cleopatra Jones, which did well at the box office during the height of this genre’s popularity. By 1975, audience and Hollywood studios’ interest in these films was waning and the big blockbusters, thanks to the success of Speilberg’s Jaws, were on the rise.

Recently available on a R2 DVD, the movie stands as testament to the outrageous fashion of the times; the costumes are wild! Look for some Shaw Bros. regulars filling the backgrounds. Beyond that, this is a poor example of studio filmmaking. 30 years later, it’s all very politically incorrect.

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