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Jeff m.

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Subj: Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 at 03:28:04 pm EDT (Viewed 409 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 at 10:24:28 am EDT (Viewed 399 times)

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Sometimes even a poor movie adaptation can get me interested in the source material. I liked the concept of an everyman secret agent who is not as refined as Bond, who learns of secret agencies and Eastern martial arts, and approaches it with a flippant American attitude. But does even that concept miss the point of the books?

What part of the novel set did you read, from the very beginning or somewhere in the middle? I assume you would recommend if you read 20+ of them. It seems like Murphy and Sapir never ended the series as they handed it off to be continued by other writers. According to Wikipedia, the last novel came out in Sept. 2019. I wonder if Murphy/Sapir ever penned a "final adventure" for Remo.

Marvel Comics did a couple of runs of Remo & Chiun comics. Did you read those? I wonder if they're any good.

Nice write up. I love this film, its one of mu family's favorites. I'm also a fan of the books. I haven't read all of them but a large chunk across a pretty wide time. I don't think there was a definitive end, more like a series of open ended adventures that spoofed various pop culture and actual occurrences of the times while they committed "perfect assassinations." There were some key revelations, like Remo being revealed as Shiva the Destroyer reincarnated.

If it makes you feel better, Joel Grey was concerned about yellow face too. Before he agreed to do the role, he practiced got made up, and went into "Little Korea" (in LA I think) and proved to himself he could blend in.

Our club sponsored this movie in college (RPI), leading to watching it three times in one night and Juggling Club being full of Chiun themed insults for months.

Never saw the TV pilot, I was surprised it wasn't an extra on the extra filled Blu Ray that came out a while ago. Too bad they didn't make more films with Ward, Grey and Brimley.

Thanx for the memories.

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