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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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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

The film was based on the true story of Cheng Chiu-on who fought the tyrants in Thailand. Cheng lived at the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 20th century. A memorial statue of him was erected in a garden in the Bangkok more than 80 years ago. See more »

Goofs

As Chao-an leaps over the fence in the finale, the bag of crackers he's holding disappears and then reappears after he lands. 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 You Know What's Bullshit: DVD's (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Part Two
(Only in Cantonese version)
Performed by King Crimson
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User Reviews

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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