The Big Boss (1971)

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A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.


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  • Bruce Lee and Ying-Chieh Han in The Big Boss (1971)
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  • Bruce Lee in The Big Boss (1971)
  • Bruce Lee and Ying-Chieh Han in The Big Boss (1971)
  • Bruce Lee in The Big Boss (1971)
  • Bruce Lee and Ying-Chieh Han in The Big Boss (1971)

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Directors:

Wei Lo , Chia-Hsiang Wu

Writer:

Wei Lo (screenplay)

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14 January 2005 | Single-Black-Male
10
| The Power of Holding Back
Throughout this film you see a constrained Bruce Lee. Lo Wei is deliberately holding him back in order to introduce him to audiences and to save the best of his fighting for the second film. What we see here is a humane Bruce Lee who has feelings, a sense of humour, enjoys sex and is in control of his temper. He strikes up a good friendship with Shu Sheng who life is eventually claimed by the antagonists. When Bruce witnesses the mistreatment of his family in the workplace, he still holds back. Until...they break his necklace. At that moment, he explodes into action with centrifugal force, picking off each opponent with pin-point accurate kicks. It is a work of art that is akin to 'Samson and Delilah'.

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Trivia

A closing scene in the 1993 bio-pic of Bruce Lee, 'Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story' (directed by Rob Cohen) is of a 'recreated' filming, of a closing scene to this film (The Big Boss) wherein a final showdown fight at the ice factory between 'Bruce' (played by Jason Scott lee - no relation) and 'Boss' minion fighter - (including Bruce close head to circular saw and Boss minion fighter immersed, almost drowned in mud water sequences) - is being filmed, but of which at end of shot, its celluloid film is ripped out (=destroyed) from of the canister by 'Bruce': to which the director shown in this bio-pic (i.e. which was Wei Lo in this real film 'The Big Boss') laments "I just lost the best ever fight scene."


Quotes

Cheng Chao-an: Uncle, is this it?
Uncle: Yes, right over there. That's the town, Cheng. That's right. Not much further to go.


Goofs

During Cheng's final battles wearing the long sleeve shirt, the sleeves start to roll up and down on their own.


Alternate Versions

In the 20TH Century Fox Selections , and "Master Collection" versions of "Fists of Fury", there is a short 5-second deleted scene in the middle of the film. This scene takes place right after the scene when cousins Wong and Chan are "silenced". In the scene, Cheng, Hsu, and the other 4 cousins run to the ice factory to see if Wong and Chan have returned. It originally cuts to showing Hsu Chien asking the other workers if the two cousins have returned yet. Now we actually see them run through the entrance of the factory. This scene was cut possibly because of bad quality.


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Communication in Hyperspace
Performed by
Peter Thomas
(Only in English dubbed versions)

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Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

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