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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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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
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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

While not mentioned in the film, a few books released in the '70s at the time of the film's release mentioned that Cheng Chao An was forced to make his promise to his mother after his father was killed in a fight. In order to continue the family name, Cheng's mother wanted to make sure he would not fall to the same fate and that he'd live to raise his own family. Film historian Bey Logan even mentions this in an audio commentary. See more »

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When Cheng Chaon slides the ice down the ramp and it crashes, a bar can be seen placed on the ramp to assist the crashing. 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 Balls of Fury (2007) See more »

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Performed by King Crimson
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An important part of the Bruce Lee legend
7 March 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

"The Big Boss" (1971) was beloved Bruce Lee's famous breakthrough film. Script is not a very ingenious one and some of the lines are so naive I had no idea should I laugh or cry. Plot is really just a silly excuse to arrange different fight situations. What I'm saying is this is certainly not an outstanding masterpiece and if you're expecting to find something deep and profound from here I can assure you'll be very disappointed. On the other hand, if you want to see speedy, amusing and stylish violence without a single gunshot and legendary Bruce Lee kicking ass in a most entertaining fight sequences this is definitely your flick. I am not a diehard-fan of Bruce Lee but I do love good Asian action movies and although "The Big Boss" was a rather clumsy old kung-fu classic I think it was quite an enjoyable film to watch. In a nutshell: I liked it.


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