7.4/10
18,751
72 user 59 critic

The Chinese Connection (1972)

Jing wu men (original title)
Trailer
1:49 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay) (as Lo Wei)
Reviews
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

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 | 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
Game of Death (1978)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 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
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, Tae-jeong Kim, Jang Lee Hwang
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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
The Green Hornet (1966–1967)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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 | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lionized account of the life of the martial arts superstar.

Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Jackie Chan, Ho-Sung Pak, Lung Ti
Police Story (1985)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his good name when the drug lords he is after frame him for the murder of a dirty cop.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen
Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 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, Sing Chen
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese.

Director: Gordon Chan
Stars: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Siu-Ho Chin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Yuan Le-erh (as Miao Ker Hsiu)
James Tien ...
Fan Chun-hsia
Maria Yi ...
Yen
Robert Baker ...
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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Bruce Lee claims his revenge through death and beyond. 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

Bruce Lee openly admitted that in real life, nunchaku versus the katana was actually an uneven match and should be avoided. See more »

Goofs

When Bruce is spinning the two Bushido students in the Bushido school, they are clearly two lightweight dummies. See more »

Quotes

Chen: [Chen doesn't believe the reports that Teacher died from pneumonia] Oh, I see! And you believed what you were told. He was well. There was nothing wrong with him. How could a healthy man die?
See more »

Connections

Remade as Fist of Legend (1994) 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 ACTS!!
20 March 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is the one film of Bruce's where I have actually seen him act (Outside of fighting scenes) with any credibility at all.

This film clearly demonstrates the anti-japanese feeling that Hong-Kong and mainland Chinese still posess. This is partly based upon WWII and partly on the thousand years or so of history before then, when China tried to invade Japan, Japan invaded China ect etc.

In fact, the way the Japanese are portrayed in this film is a very stereotypical Chinese one, long, thin pencil moustaches, usually large round glasses, oiled hair and well, evil.

This film goes over the top with this kind of view, and it's a pity as it tends to lessen the impact they were trying to make with the now infamous sign.

The end scene was excellent. It's truly disturbing how close this was to what happened to Brandon.

Shots to the head: Bruce acts - Better storyline than most of the genre - martial arts scenes ok from Bruce

Shots to the foot: Anti-Japanese characterisations go too far - martial art choreography of Bruce's opponents bad - "Kick" scene patently ridiculous.


11 of 17 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
Which version of the DVD do you have? Dholden11
How about remakes? SPaS
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:
?