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

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nora Miao ...
Yuan Le-erh (as Miao Ker Hsiu)
James Tien ...
Fan Chun-hsia
Maria Yi ...
Yen
Robert Baker ...
Petrov
Fu Ching Chen ...
Chao
San 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
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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

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9 September 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fist of Fury  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The international title of this film was "Fist of Fury". In the United States the English dubbed version was released under the title "The Chinese Connection" to avoid confusion with "Fists of Fury", the title for the U.S. release of Bruce Lee's previous film The Big Boss (1971). The U.S. title was a play on the title of the highly popular film The French Connection (1971). See more »

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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 »

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[first scenes]
[Chen comes home to find his teacher being buried]
Chen: Teacher...
[he goes berserk, trying to claw at the ground, and has to be restrained by his friends]
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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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