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The Chinese Connection (1972)
"Jing wu men" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  9 September 1972 (USA)
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuan Le-erh (as Miao Ker Hsiu)
James Tien ...
Fan Chun-hsia
Maria Yi ...
Robert Baker ...
Fu Ching Chen ...
Shan Chin ...
Ying-Chieh Han ...
Feng Kwai-sher
Riki Hashimoto ...
Hiroshi Suzuki
Jun Katsumura ...
Suzuki's bodyguard
Chung-Hsin Huang ...
Kun Li ...
Hsu (as Quin Lee)
Feng Tien ...
Ying-Chi Li ...
Li (as Yin Chi Lee)
Tony Liu ...


Returning to Shanghai to marry his fiancée, Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) a student of renowned martial arts teacher Huo Yuanjia, discovers his sifu has died. During the funeral, members of a local Japanese dojo show up and insult the Chinese students. The bullying continues, with Chen fighting back, but when he discovers the truth - that his teacher was poisoned on the orders of the dojo's master - he sets off on a doomed mission of revenge. Written by Matti-Man

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Release Date:

9 September 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fist of Fury  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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The international title of this film was "Fist of Fury". In the United States the English dubbed version was released under the title "The Chinese Connection" to avoid confusion with "Fists of Fury", the title for the U.S. release of Bruce Lee's previous film The Big Boss (1971). The U.S. title was a play on the title of the highly popular film The French Connection (1971). See more »


During the extreme close-up of Chen's eyes in the final fight with Petrov, his contact lenses are visible. See more »


[first scenes]
[Chen comes home to find his teacher being buried]
Chen: Teacher...
[he goes berserk, trying to claw at the ground, and has to be restrained by his friends]
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Spoofed in House of Fury (2005) See more »


Written by György Ligeti
Performed by Das Orchester des Südwestfunks Baden-Baden
Courtesy of MGM Records
Brief excerpt, played twice, during dramatic death scenes
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18 April 2005 | by (London(Thornton Heath), England) – See all my reviews

This film is a classic but then all of Bruce's completed films are classics. There are strong anti-Japanese messeges (including one Japanese guy having a tash similar to a certain German dictator) in the film but it has been over 33 years since the film was made and so this can be put down to it being dated. Ultimately it is a film about injustice and Revenge. The Bushido School's general evilness, the injustice against the Chinese in Shanghai and Bruce's (called Chen in this one) hot headedness create a circle of violence which escalates completely out of control. This is an intensely gritty Kung Fu film unlike Bruce's later films which were more escapist in nature and Fist Of Fury has the highest body count in terms of Bruce actually killing people with those fists. The legendary 'Sick Man Of Asia' scene is amazing and the end of Kill Bill clearly homage's this so any Tarentino fan's will get an added joy out of watching this beautiful sequence. DO get the uncut version.

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