Fist of Fury (1972)

R   |    |  Action, Drama, Romance


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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.


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20 March 2000 | NEFARlOUS
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| Bruce Lee ACTS!!
This is the one film of Bruce's where I have actually seen him act (Outside of fighting scenes) with any credibility at all.

This film clearly demonstrates the anti-japanese feeling that Hong-Kong and mainland Chinese still posess. This is partly based upon WWII and partly on the thousand years or so of history before then, when China tried to invade Japan, Japan invaded China ect etc.

In fact, the way the Japanese are portrayed in this film is a very stereotypical Chinese one, long, thin pencil moustaches, usually large round glasses, oiled hair and well, evil.

This film goes over the top with this kind of view, and it's a pity as it tends to lessen the impact they were trying to make with the now infamous sign.

The end scene was excellent. It's truly disturbing how close this was to what happened to Brandon.

Shots to the head: Bruce acts - Better storyline than most of the genre - martial arts scenes ok from Bruce

Shots to the foot: Anti-Japanese characterisations go too far - martial art choreography of Bruce's opponents bad - "Kick" scene patently ridiculous.

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Trivia

The international title was "Fist of Fury." In the United States, the English dubbed version was released as "The Chinese Connection" to avoid confusion with "Fists of Fury", the title for the U.S. release of Bruce Lee's previous movie, The Big Boss (1971). The U.S. title was a play on the title of the highly popular movie, The French Connection (1971).


Quotes

Chen: Why did you kill my teacher? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?


Goofs

During the final fight between Chen and Yoshida, Chen manages to kick the katana out of Yoshida's hands. While the katana is falling, the blade end is pointing away from Chen. But in the next shot where Yoshida is stabbed, the blade end is facing the opposite direction, towards Chen.


Alternate Versions

For its original 1972 UK cinema release the BBFC requested a cut to remove a shot of a flying throat kick, though it appeared intact in all early theatrical prints and was possibly waived before release. In 1978 the film was withdrawn by BBFC director James Ferman (together with Enter the Dragon (1973)) and all nunchaku footage removed together with the previously mentioned throat kick, and these cuts, (totalling 2 mins 51 secs) would persist in all of the film's UK video releases. The cuts were fully restored for the 2001 Hong Kong Legends release.


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Atmospheres
Written by
György Ligeti
Performed by Das Orchester des Südwestfunks Baden-Baden
Courtesy of MGM Records
Brief excerpt, played twice, during dramatic death scenes

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Action | Drama | Romance | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

9 September 1972

Language

Mandarin, Cantonese, English


Country of Origin

Hong Kong

Filming Locations

R. de Dom Belchior Carneiro, Macau, China

Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

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