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

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  February 1981 (USA)
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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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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)
Shan Chin ...
Hua Sze
Chih Chen ...
Foreman (as Chen Chao)
Chia-Cheng Tu ...
Uncle
Tso Chen ...
Ice Factory Manager
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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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Trivia

The international (English) title of this film was "The Big Boss". In the United States the English dubbed version was originally to be released under the title "The Chinese Connection", a play on the title of the highly popular film The French Connection (1971). For some reason the title was changed to "Fists of Fury". As a result, to avoid confusion with Bruce Lee's following film The Chinese Connection (1972) (known elsewhere in the world as "Fist of Fury"), the latter film's title for its U.S. release became first "The Iron Hand" and then "The Chinese Connection". See more »

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When the foreman hits Ah Kun across the face, Ah Kun suffers a bloody cut across his face. However, in the next scene the cut is gone. 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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Theme From How To Make a Monster
Composed by Paul Dunlap
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be sure to see the uncut version
17 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Sometimes a genre's "defining films" are some of the most unusual. In Bruce Lee's debut, Lo Wei's uncharacteristically interesting directing takes us to moody, almost giallo-esque nooks and crannies (the "red room scene" is outstanding), and some of the violence goes way beyond the boundaries of good taste and into horror/splatter territory as well. There's a sleazy sexist exploitation vibe I could do without (that, ironically enough, wouldn't be carried over into the cheaper mid/late 70s films Bruce Lee inspired), but it's fairly negligible.

Some people might criticize the movie for being "slow," but it has a deliberate, meaningful narrative arc that gives emotional value to the action that does occur. Give me this sort of pacing over this five-cuts-a-second MTV style movies have had since the 90s any day.


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