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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.
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