Howdy all you Supercultists out there on the interwebz!
I’m Bad Movie Professor Cameron Coker (BS in “Shoot Outs” with a minor in “Crotch Shots”) and I’ll be posting my hype-tacular speeches every week along with some long lost speeches from past Supercult Shows!
From July of 2013, it’s the long lost speech for For Yu’r Height Only!
When the Mysterious Warlord Dwarf known as Mr. Giant, kidnaps the brilliant Dr. Van Kohler and plans to use the Doctor’s invention, the N-bomb, to hold the world hostage, Agent 00, a 3-foot-tall midget filipino martial arts master, expert marksman, top-class romancer and all-around superspy is called to save the day!
The 1981 the Manila International Film Festival was designed by First Lady Imelda Marcos as an elaborate showcase of Filipino culture. To everyone’s horror, the only film that was successfully sold to the world market was a midget spy film – a miniature mockery of Western pop iconography, and a joyously naïve celebration of Filipino Goon Cinema – called For Y’ur Height Only. Its star, a two-foot nine primordial dwarf named Weng Weng, became the most famous Filipino celebrity of his generation both in the Philippines and abroad.
Prior to stardom Weng Weng was obsessed with martial arts and trained almost daily until his instructor contacted film producer Peter Caballes. Peter and his wife, successful businesswoman Cora Ridon Caballes, took Weng Weng on the rounds of film producers and after being turned down for an idea for a midget super man, Weng Weng was cast in minor roles. It wasn’t until Cora and Peter Caballes contacted him years later for the starring role in the James Bond parody film, that Weng Weng’s ‘Double-0 destiny’ was realized.
At 2’9”, Weng Weng, is considered to be the shortest man to ever take the lead in a martial arts or action movie or in any movie for that matter (Verne Troyer of “Austin Powers” films is an inch shorter but has not played a leading role in a film to date). Weng Weng’s role in ‘For Yu’r Height Only’ catapulted him into stardom as well as follow up roles in other action films such as “Agent 00”, “The Impossible Kid of Kung Fu”, “The Cute…the Sexy n’ the Tiny”, and “D’Wild Wild Weng”.
As the profits from his movies diminished, Cora Caballes moved on to a political career and as a result, Weng Weng found himself without a film career. According to his brother, his family was poor before he became famous, and afterwards remained as poor as ever. Strangely enough Weng Weng eventually went through paratrooper training, was given a genuine Agent badge and was sent on infiltration missions where his size would be used to its maximum advantage. Thanks to the Caballes’ connections at Manila Airport, Weng Weng eventually got a job patrolling the Arrivals Lounge in the mid-Eighties in his blue security uniform.
He continued to live in his family home in Baclaran, gained weight and, according to some reports, drank heavily and developed hypertension after a severe reaction to eating crabmeat in 1991. His health declined steadily over the next year, and he died of heart failure on 29th August 1992, just short of his 35th birthday.
However, his legend lives on!
With the tagline “Bigger than Goldfinger’s Finger – Bigger Than Thunderball’s…“ For Y’ur Height Only has a 5.9 on IMDB and a Rotten Tomatoes audience score of 72%, making it one of the highest rated films we’ve seen all summer. Every gloriously ridiculous scene involves Agent 00 leaping off buildings, kicking people in the balls, sniping goons off the top of buildings with pin-point accuracy, and wooing beautiful women twice his size.
Weng Weng kills a ludicrous amount of people in the film. The supercult team and I lost count at 100 on-screen deaths. Literally Weng Weng will stroll out of a building, or into a parking lot, or get out of a car and no less than a dozen people will pop out of the bushes and trip over themselves for the opportunity to be ruthlessly murdered by the pint-sized Casanova. On top of all that Agent 00 employs an array of hilariously personalized gadgets including but not limited to a remote control hat, a tiny jetpack, X-Ray glasses, a quick-assembly small scale machine gun, an anti-poison ring that changes color when placed in proximity to poisoned substances, and a scaled down samurai sword.
Ken Stachnik on Rotten Tomatoes says, “For Your Height Only is hands down the greatest spy film to ever star a Filipino midget!” and if that isn’t enough to get you excited about this movie, then you’re at the wrong bad movie watching party!
It’s a miniature secret agent film that delivers king-sized comedy!
The Supercult Show Proudly presents the best Supercult film to ever star a Filipino midget: For Yu’r Height Only!