MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,260 this week

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

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  9 September 1972 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 16,398 users  
Reviews: 70 user | 56 critic

A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay) (as Lo Wei)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 17 Jun 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 04 Dec 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 05 Mar 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 29 May 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Chinese Connection (1972)

The Chinese Connection (1972) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Chinese Connection.

User Polls

2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Game of Death (1978)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.

Directors: Robert Clouse, Bruce Lee
Stars: Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Colleen Camp
The Big Boss (1971)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

Directors: Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu
Stars: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee
Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao
Marlowe (1969)
Certificate: M Mystery | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Quiet young Orfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother. After two leads turn up with ice picks stuck in them, he discovers blackmail photos ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor
Documentary | Action | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's ... See full summary »

Directors: John Little, Bruce Lee
Stars: Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Archer
Action | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

While investigating his friend Chin Ku's (Hwang Jang Lee) death, martial artist Billy Lo (Bruce Lee) is killed. His younger brother, Bobby Lo (Kim Tai Chung), investigates both deaths. His ... See full summary »

Directors: See-Yuen Ng, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bruce Lee, Tai Chung Kim, Jang Lee Hwang
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse
Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly
The Green Hornet (1966–1967)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A newspaper publisher and his Asian valet/martial arts expert battle crime as the feared Green Hornet and Kato.

Stars: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young man sets out to avenge his grandfather's death and prove his martial arts mastery.

Director: Wei Lo
Stars: Jackie Chan, Nora Miao, Ming Cheng Chang
Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An undisciplined boy must learn Drunken Fist Kung Fu in order to stop an assassin.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Unicorn travels to a village troubled by gangsters in search of revenge for the murder of his parents years before. The task is made more complicated when he befriends a middle-aged woman and her son who begin to admire and depend on him.

Director: Ti Tang
Stars: Little Unicorn, Tina Chin-Fei, Yasuaki Kurata
Lei yu (1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Wui Ng
Stars: Ying Cheung, Lan Law, Bruce Lee
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

Chen Chen returns to his former school in Shanghai when he learns that his beloved instructor has been murdered. While investigating the man's death, Chen discovers that a rival Japanese school is operating a drug smuggling ring. To avenge his master's death, Chen takes on both Chinese and Japanese assassins... and even a towering Russian. Written by Miramax

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Bruce Lee is DYNAMITE! [UK] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

9 September 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fist of Fury  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(PAL) | (initial release)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Chen is sent to see his uncle's burial he's given a green umbrella for the rain. When outside he is using an orange umbrella. See more »

Quotes

Petrov: [Suzuki want's to kill Chen but Petrov stops him] Let me take care of him.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Atmospheres
Written by György Ligeti
Performed by Das Orchester des Südwestfunks Baden-Baden
Courtesy of MGM Records
Brief excerpt, played twice, during dramatic death scenes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Bruce Lee classic
16 July 2002 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Film maker Lo Wei directed this Bruce Lee classic Fist of Fury immediately after the success of Lee's first martial art film, The Big Boss. Fist of Fury tells the story of Chen (Lee) who arrives in Shanghai to his martial art school, only to learn that his beloved teacher has died and the funeral is going on when he arrives. Soon it is revealed that the death was without a doubt a murder and our fierce hero is going to solve the mystery..With the power of his fists and kicks.

This film is prehaps little too racist towards Japanese since they are depicted as dirty and greedy criminals here and some lines in the script are very underlining and judge the Japanese people too much. Then again, the film makes me wonder about racism in general since there is so much mayhem in the film and so many Chinese and Japanese get killed by each other, so maybe this film was not meant to be racist at all. Maybe the intention was to tell something about us who cannot live in peace with each other. All these things happen even today, 30 years after the film's release so the subject matter is definitely universal as it was back then in 1972. Still I would have toned down some of the dialogue bits since they are little too strong, and I think Bruce Lee himself didn't like the film's racial elements.

On the other hand, this film is really beautiful as it depicts the sensitive love between Bruce and Nora Miao, who is very beautiful and sweet female in this film, and also in other Lee's films. The scene at the teacher's grave is one of the most sensitive scenes of love I've ever seen, and those two characters are hand touchingly full of emotion. The themes in this film are mainly about relationships between individuals and humans in general, so the film has many things to offer moreover mere action. This is action classic with heart.

The film is famous for its legendary first nunchaku fight scene at the Japanese' training camp as Bruce shows for the first time his personal fighting tool and weapon, a pair of nunchakus. That fight scene even before nunchakus is among the greatest ever filmed since the choreography and timing is totally marvellous as the one take lasts very long without edits, and Bruce kicks and hits about ten victims during that, and the timing and stunt men had to be really sharp in order to not to get hurt for real. Also, the nunchaku fights in the film are incredible as Bruce uses his weapon without flinching an eye and with fierce look on his face. This all is even more powerful in his next film, Way of the Dragon.

The film was shot mostly in studio and there are only few exteriors in Fist of Fury. The staging is very convincing and the film's bigger budget compared to that of The Big Boss' really shows. The last fight in night time at the Japanese yard is very beautifully lighted and full of cinematic magic. The film is full of details and elements from Chinese culture and traditions, so this is little more personal and interesting film than The Big Boss, which had some irritating little flaws like the sound of Bruce' necklace he got from his mother and the scene where Bruce punches a guy through a wall with funny and campy result, which director Lo definitely didn't meant to look that funny.

Fist of Fury is a stunning piece of Hong Kong and world cinema and easily among Lee's greatest films. The atmosphere is created so convincingly that even people who usually don't appreciate action films should appreciate this, since this film is many more things than just action and fighting. Fist of Fury hasn't lost any of its power and punch during these 30 years and will remain one of the most important martial arts movies ever made. 9/10


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Things I learned watching Fist of Fury (Chinses Connection) agentdc7
the ending is a social commentary on...what? Kichigai-kun
How about remakes? SPaS
Which version of the DVD do you have? Dholden11
The Russian chainsawmaniac90
Steve Martin Superdog12
Discuss The Chinese Connection (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?