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The Big Boss (1971)
"Tang shan da xiong" (original title)

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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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Cast

Credited cast:
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Maria Yi ...
Chow Mei
James Tien ...
Hsiu Chien
Marilyn Bautista ...
Miss Wuman (as Malalene)
Ying-Chieh Han ...
Tony Liu ...
Hsiao Chiun (Mi's son)
Kun Li ...
Ah Kun (as Quin Lee)
Nora Miao ...
Drinkstand owner (as Mao Ke-hsiu)
San Chin ...
Hua Sze
Chih Chen ...
Foreman (as Chen Chao)
Chia-Cheng Tu ...
Uncle
Tso Chen ...
Ice Factory Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Chan ...
(as Hui-yi Chen)
Lung Chan ...
Gatekeeper / Blue Shirt Henchman
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Disciple
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Storyline

Chein is a city boy who moves with his cousins to work at a ice factory. He does this with a family promise never to get involved in any fight. However, when members of his family begin disappearing after meeting the management of the factor, the resulting mystery and pressures forces him to break that vow and take on the villainy of the Big Boss. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Release Date:

3 October 1971 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Fists of Fury  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

If you pay attention through the movie, you can tell when or not Cheng will kill in a fight. When it's just a "fun" fight, he would wear either brown or blue pants with a t-shirt and a blue sash. But in a serious fight, he'd wear a long sleeve shirt with black pants and a white sash. This may be because in Chinese culture, white is a symbol of death. See more »

Goofs

During the fight inside the ice factory when Cheng gets caught, he ducks down a little too obviously before his opponent throws an object at him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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.
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User Reviews

 
The Power of Holding Back
14 January 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

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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