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The Chinese Connection (1972)
"Jing wu men" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  9 September 1972 (USA)
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuan Le-erh (as Miao Ker Hsiu)
James Tien ...
Fan Chun-hsia
Maria Yi ...
Robert Baker ...
Fu Ching Chen ...
Shan Chin ...
Ying-Chieh Han ...
Feng Kwai-sher
Riki Hashimoto ...
Hiroshi Suzuki
Jun Katsumura ...
Suzuki's bodyguard
Chung-Hsin Huang ...
Kun Li ...
Hsu (as Quin Lee)
Feng Tien ...
Ying-Chi Li ...
Li (as Yin Chi Lee)
Tony Liu ...


Returning to Shanghai to marry his fiancée, Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) a student of renowned martial arts teacher Huo Yuanjia, discovers his sifu has died. During the funeral, members of a local Japanese dojo show up and insult the Chinese students. The bullying continues, with Chen fighting back, but when he discovers the truth - that his teacher was poisoned on the orders of the dojo's master - he sets off on a doomed mission of revenge. Written by Matti-Man

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9 September 1972 (USA)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Wah Yuen doubled for Bruce Lee in the fight scene between Chen and Yoshida where Chen does a somersault, while Jackie Chan doubled for the villain Suzuki when he is kicked back through the large paper windows. See more »


During the scene with the rickshaw there is a bar going from one side to the other where Chen is holding. When he throws the rickshaw the bar has disappeared. See more »


[Chen has overheard the cook saying he poisoned his teacher. Enraged, he bursts in and shoves him against the wall]
Chen: [shouts] Why did you kill my teacher? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?
[With each "Why?" he puts his fist into the cook. With the last blow, the cook's ribs crack and he dies]
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Written by György Ligeti
Performed by Das Orchester des Südwestfunks Baden-Baden
Courtesy of MGM Records
Brief excerpt, played twice, during dramatic death scenes
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Lee's most conventional martial arts film, but still classic stuff
19 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

The second of the Bruce Lee-starring movies is in terms of plot a lot less interesting than the first. Here, we have the 'student sets out to avenge his master's death' which was already the major storyline of most martial arts films. However, it is handled in a more realistic way then usual and technically it is far superior. Lee was allowed to choreograph his own fights and his battle with Japanese martial artists in their school and climactic duels with a Russian boxer and a Japanese swordsman remains classic fight scenes.

The film drags somewhat in the middle although the lengthy dialogue scene between Lee and his girlfriend was another step forward for the Hong Kong martial arts movie, vivid proof that Lee was a pretty good ACTOR. By contrast, Lee's final farewell to his girlfriend is all the more powerful for being done completely without dialogue at all. The ending is the most powerful and moving of all the Lee films, the final freeze frame managing to encapsulate Lee's grace and power in a single shot.

Many mock Lee's films as being silly and just consisting of fighting. Both accusations are completely untrue. They have far less fights than most films of this kind and, at least in the three Hong Kong films he made, there is a clear message that violence does not solve anything. They may not have the polish of the more recent works of Jackie Chan and Jet Lee but their power remains undiminished, as long as of course one does not watch the awful dubbed versions!

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