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The Chinese Connection (1972)

Jing wu men (original title)
A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

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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
Ying-Chi Li ...
Li (as Yin Chi Lee)
Tony Liu ...
Chin
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Storyline

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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Bruce Lee claims his revenge through death and beyond. See more »


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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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2.35 : 1
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Bruce Lee choreographed his own fight scenes. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the second nunchaku fight, the nunchaku bend, revealing that it is soft rubber and not wood or metal. See more »

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[a drunken Wu comes out and beckons to a rickshaw driver... ]
Chen: Where to?
Wu: Home...
[Chen takes him to a deserted street. Wu staggers out and *then* sees who his driver is]
Wu: [falling to his knees] I was being used, have pity on me! Please, sir! Have pity...
[Chen doesn't make a move, so he quietly creeps up behind him with his fist, but is struck senseless]
Chen: [scornfully] Have pity!
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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

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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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Politically Conscious Kung Fu
14 December 2004 | by (Seoul, Republic of Korea) – See all my reviews

What makes this Kung Fu classic stand out a bit more is the entire basis for the film: a group of Japanese in Shanghai (probably during the Japanese occupation of this part of China) are abusing the Chinese locals, and insulting them greatly. Constantly referring to the Chinese (as a whole) as the 'sick men of Asia,' and even thinking them lower than dogs (as is shown in some of the scenes).

The entire basis of this Kung Fu film becomes a real reaction to the pain of discrimination and the hatred of a sense of racism that the Japanese dished out to the Chinese, and is based actually off of a real story that followed similar tones. What makes this film very special is the commitment that Bruce Lee has to defeating the Japanese whose goal is to crush the will of the Chinese -- a very accurate reflection of the sentiment that existed.

Overall, this is a very good film that was well done; it has a lot of the defects that films similar to its' genre have (having the grainy feel of Kung Fu films of its' time) but other than the typical, it really sets a standard for Kung Fu and film in general. One can see it, in many ways, as being a good basis for subsequent action and Kung Fu films. A lot of the things in this film were very original and very interesting -- overall, a must see film for anybody who enjoys Action, Kung Fu, or 'political resistance' so to speak. A film for the downtrodden striking back.


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