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BATTLING IT OUT - HUNG FU
West meets East in a National Nine Network special, "Kung Fu Kil- lers," which was filmed
in Hong Kong.
ABOVE: Grant Page (left), who learned
unarmed combat when he was a member of an Australian commando unit, does battle with kung fu expert Carter Wong on a hill overlook- ing Hong Kong
BELOW: Adelaide-based Grant Page is a stunt man whose speciality is climb- ing. In Hong Kong he climbs a 300ft sheer cliff which claims at least one life every two years
ABOVE: Grant Page and American actor Stuart Whitman (left) talk about fights and stunts in films. Grant also met George Lazenby. the Australian who played James Bond, in Hong Kong - Lazenby was making his first kung tu film there. Both meetings are included in the special.
"Kung Fu Killers" may be seen in Sydney on TCN9 on Tuesday, April 30, at 7.30 p.m.; in Adelaide on NWS9 on Wednesday, May 1, at 7.30 p.m.; and in Melbourne on
GTV9 on Tuesday, May 7, at 7.30 p.m.
WHEN one man highly trained in the Western style of un-
armed combat meets another man skilled in
the Eastern art of kung
fu, who wins?
That's what Sydney film producer Brian Trenchard
Smith set out to discover when he took Adelaide
based stunt man Grant Page lo Hong Kong.
For most of his life. Grant, who holds a diploma in advanced physical educa- tion, has earned his living by living dangerously.
A former commando -
he spent four years with an
Australian unit - he now specialises in stunt climbing.
An ideal image of the Western male - rugged good looks, average height,
muscled but trim Grant could hold his own in any light. Western style.
Then, in Hong Kong, Grant met Carter Wong, rising Pastern movie hero, who is an expert in the martial arts, particularly kung fu.
The result of their clash, which took place on a hill overlooking Hong Kong, is the climax of a TV special (soon on the National Nine Network) called "Kung Fu
Brian Trenchard Smith, who wrote, produced, directed, and sometimes helped film the 90-minute special, is the author of a previous kung fu special, titled " I he w'orld of Kung
"What intrigued me then." said Brian, "was what would happen when East met West, when the different styles of fighting clashed.
"So last Christmas, when everything here shut down for a couple of weeks, I decided to keep myself occupied by making a movie.
"I'd worked with Grant
before, in a special I made some time ago called 'The Stuntmen,' and I knew he
was the right person for this. He's a genius when it comes to manipulating his body for
"We spent 14 days in Hong Kong and we've come
up with what is really an Australian's journey through the world of kung fu.
"Grant has two battles with Carter, one unarmed and the other armed with a
grappling hook, knife, knuckle-duster, and knife against Carter's single fighting stick.
"Apart from the battles with Carter Wong, we
examine the culture and the
background of kung fu and
how it became transformed into a movie craze.
"Grant talks to George Lazenby - the Australian
James Bond - who was then making his first kung fu movie in Hong Kong, and
Stuart Whitman who was also filming there.
"I don't think the kung fu movie is a one-day wonder. lt's here to stay, and
Hollywood is realising it, too. It's a genre of its own.
"It's very like the Western, only Eastern. It has
the same excitement of the
good winning over the bad after lengthy fights.
"I think the quality of the movies will improve. Some of them in the past have been, unintentionally, quite funny.
"Being a stunt climbing expert. Grant also climbs a
300ft. rock which claims one
life every two years. Ifs crumbling sandstone and the footholds often give way.
"I went up the easy way. following the goat track.
Grant went up the sheer
When Grant and Brian
returned to Sydney, Angela Mao. known to her many movie fans as "Lady Kung Fu," happened to be on a
tour of Australia. The female
kung fu expert challenged Grant to a fight.
Who won the TV encounters? Wait and see ...
Grant's journey into the land of kung fu has made him eager to take up the study of that ancient form of self-defence, and he's taking
He might just get a
chance to show off what he's
currently learning when Brian's new project gets off the ground. It's a TV series about "danger freaks, people who really like to live dangerously."
"We examine the culture and the background of the art..."