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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.



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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuan Le-erh (as Miao Ker Hsiu)
James Tien ...
Fan Chun-hsia
Maria Yi ...
Robert Baker ...
Fu Ching Chen ...
Shan Chin ...
Ying-Chieh Han ...
Feng Kwai-sher
Riki Hashimoto ...
Hiroshi Suzuki
Jun Katsumura ...
Suzuki's bodyguard
Chung-Hsin Huang ...
Kun Li ...
Hsu (as Quin Lee)
Feng Tien ...
Ying-Chi Li ...
Li (as Yin Chi Lee)
Tony Liu ...


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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Release Date:

9 September 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fist of Fury  »

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Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Virtually all theatrical trailers for the film (most prominently, the original Hong Kong trailer) used Richard Strauss' "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" ("Also Sprach Zarathustra") for the background music. See more »


During the final fight between Chen and Yoshida, Chen manages to kick the katana out of Yoshida's hands. While the katana is falling, the blade end is pointing away from Chen. But in the next shot where Yoshida is stabbed, the blade end is facing the opposite direction, towards Chen. See more »


Wu: I was being used, have pity on me! Please, sir!
Chen: Have pity? Who had pity for Huo Yuan-Chia?
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Followed by Fists of Fury 2 (1976) See more »


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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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.

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