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The Big Boss (1971) More at IMDbPro »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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Bruce Lee ... Cheng Chao-an
Maria Yi ... Chow Mei
James Tien ... Hsiu Chien
Marilyn Bautista ... Miss Wuman (as Malalene)
Ying-Chieh Han ... Hsiao Mi (The Boss)
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
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

Stephen Chang ... Disciple
Ching-Ying Lam ... Ah Yen (Cheng's cousin)
Cheng Ying Tu

Directed by
Wei Lo 
Chia-Hsiang Wu (uncredited)
Writing credits
Wei Lo (screenplay)

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... producer
Liang Hua Liu .... associate producer
Original Music by
Peter Thomas (Soundtrack for Europe)
Fu-Ling Wang 
Cinematography by
Ching-Chu Chen 
Film Editing by
Ming Sung 
Production Design by
Chu Liu 
Makeup Department
Kuo Hsiung Chen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Liang Hua Liu .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chih Chen .... assistant director
Yao-Chang Chih .... assistant director (as Chih Yao Chung)
Yao-Chang Chih .... assistant director
Ying-Chieh Han .... action coordinator (as fighting instructor)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chu Liu .... wardrobe manager

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Also Known As:
"Tang shan da xiong" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Big Brother of Tongshan" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
"Fists of Fury" - USA (dubbed version)
"Fists of Glory" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title)
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100 min | UK:101 min | USA:99 min | Argentina:102 min | 115 min (uncut version) | 87 min (original rejected english dubbed version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M (cut version) (1974) | Australia:RC (original rating) (1973) | Australia:R (re-rating on appeal) (1973) | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2014) | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 (video rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (uncut) | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Russia:16+ | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) | USA:R (certificate #23611) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:16 (nf) (cut)
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Did You Know?

The original director was Ng Gar Seung, however, he was replaced by Wei Lo 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 »
Continuity: The knife in the villain's chest disappears after Cheng punches him multiple times on the ground.See more »
[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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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very impressive, 6 February 2001
Author: pompaj from new york

After seeing and admiring Enter The Dragon, I knew Bruce Lee wasn't just a name but a man with remarkable skills. Better than Jackie Chan and Jet Li. I figured the next Bruce Lee movies I'd see would have lousy plots but good action. That's how every Jackie Chan movie goes. Well, I was thrown a curveball. Fists of Fury has a very cool plot. It involves a company that smuggles heroin in blocks of ice and does away with employees who find out. An action movie with a plot. It's almost unheard of. The action is pretty good too. I'm always afraid when starting out a bruce lee movie that because it is so dated, the action will seem fake. Up until Lee starts fighting it ussually does. But once the man gets into it, the intensity is unquestionable. This movie was not quite as cool as Enter The Dragon, but it was very good. Much better than I would have ever thought. Its got a better plot than any of Chan's films and I've seen them all. Lucky me. At least Lee doesn't do corny humor. This guy is the real deal and this movie is dam good.

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