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

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  9 September 1972 (USA)
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

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Cast

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
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
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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

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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

In the film, Bruce Lee's character sets out to avenge the death of his teacher Huo Yuanjia (Fok Yuen Gap) and at one point during the film, the Chinese Wushu students are called "sick men of Asia" by their rivals. In real life, Huo Yuanjia was a legendary Wushu martial artist and in 1901, accepted the challenge of a Russian fighter who called all Chinese people "sick men of Asia". See more »

Goofs

When Chen is wheeling his enemy's drunk servant in a rickshaw, he moves through multiple shots starting at night time. One of the shots is complete daylight. Eventually in the final shot it is night time again, making it seem like Chen had been wheeling for 24 hours to wheel this man home. See more »

Quotes

Wu: I feel dizzy, so dizzy!
Petrov: Three more cups!
Suzuki: Now then, if you want to go out of here, go out like a Chinese! On your hands and knees!
Wu: You mean crawl?
Suzuki: Why not?
Wu: Oh yes, sure. I will, I will crawl. Crawl!
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Connections

Followed by Fists of Fury II (1977) See more »

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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
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The Quintessential Chinese Kung Fu Movie
6 January 2000 | by (Honolulu, Hawaii) – See all my reviews

From start to finish, the Chinese Connection (originally released as Fists of Fury) is probably the most entertaining and satisfying of all the Bruce Lee movies. Well paced, with creative and fairly realistic fight scenes distributed evenly, the movie keeps the audience's attention all the way through the long fight scene near the climactic end (I won't spoil the actual ending for you). The predictable revenge plot provides the emotional trigger to release Lee's rage-filled fights and his now-famous smashing of the "No Dogs or Chinese Allowed" sign. Equally famous is his "this time you eat paper, next time you eat glass" line. Viewers are also treated to the only on-screen kiss by Lee, some comical moments with Lee playing a bumbling telephone repairman, a cameo by director Lo-Wei as the chief inspector, and a soundtrack which effectively builds tension in the fight scenes. You won't recognize Jackie Chan as the stuntman for one of the Japanese martial artists who flies through the screen door. The most memorable part of this movie is Lee's dynamic vitality as he goes about his business, cocksure and confident, and with the goods to back it up. I am forever grateful to those who, in marketing this movie to the west, decided to dub only the dialogue and to leave Lee's original fight sounds untouched. As is evident in the US version of Return of the Dragon (aka Way of the Dragon), dubbing Lee's fight sounds is nothing short of a sin.


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