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The Big Boss (1971)

Tang shan da xiong (original title)
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)
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Drinkstand owner (as Mao Ke-hsiu)
Shan Chin ...
Hua Sze
Chia-Chen Tu ...
Uncle (as Chia-Cheng Tu)
Chih 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
Ching-Ying Lam ...
Ah Yen (Cheng's cousin)

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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 »

Goofs

When Chao-an and "The Boss" face off, when "The Boss" pulls out his knives for attack, he slashes Chao-an once across the stomach, and once across the back. However, when slashing at his back, a sound effect implies that he misses, when a scar can be seen on his back seconds later. 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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Referenced in Iron & Silk (1990) See more »

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Malaparte Sinus
Performed by Peter Thomas
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Bruce Lee....There Will Never Be Another
3 February 1999 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Fists Of Fury was the second best of the Lee films. (Chinese Connection was tops). The speed, action and excitement in the film was unprecedented. The only thing that came close were the episodes of the Green Hornet and they were Lee also. He was the epitome of being physically fit and had screen presence like no action star before him. His fitness level and physical capabilities are qualities that some action stars have today, but at the time there was no one like him. Fists of Fury had a good story and the acting was good. In the last almost thirty years, you will be able to find films that are equivalent to the technical and production measures of this film, but none as good due to the fact that this was the first.

DHM


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