Monday, July 22, 2013

The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go (1970) - (James Mason) Egyptian one-sheet

The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go (1970) - (James Mason) Egyptian one-sheet poster

I get a lot of ideas what films to watch from these old Egyptian posters. This film (AKA The Third Eye) can still be had on DVD at very cheap prices because it seems to be considered virtually worthless by the people who have it for sale. There are some interesting things. It was the acting debut for Jeff Bridges and the first and only directing attempt by Burgess Meredith. The combination of extreme badness in plot, music and direction plus an outstanding cast (also including Broderick Crawford and James Mason) inspired over 20 people to write reviews of it on IMDB. The premise is that there is a living Buddha out there somewhere (the Buddha is also the film's narrator) who decides to enlighten the evil Mr. Go (played by James Mason) with a beam of light from his belly. This benevolent act is something the Buddha is able to do once every 50 years in the 5th month. Once this has been done, the evil Mr. Go is infused with the virtues of enlightenment and decides to make available to suffering humanity a miracle laser beam that neutralizes all nuclear weapons and makes nuclear war impossible! The poster art was by Ahmed Fouad, printing by Anwar printers.

Cast and crew: Burgess Meredith, James Mason, Jack MacGowan, Irene Tsu, Jeff Bridges, Peter Lind Hayes, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Alvin Osteroff, Gigo Tevzadze, King Hu, Broderick Crawford, Jay Adler, June Sampson, Robert Cabot, Live Lindeland

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