A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards.
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
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The original director was Ng Gar Seung, however, he was replaced by Lo Wei a few weeks into production. The original star was also James Tien, who plays Hsiu Chien, while Bruce Lee was to be a co-star. However, when directors changed, the stars switched, giving Lee top billing. This may also be part of the reason why Lee does not fight until halfway through the film. See more »
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 »
Uncle, is this it?
Yes, right over there. That's the town, Cheng. That's right. Not much further to go.
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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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