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According to certain historical sources in China, the real-life Chen escaped from Shanghai successfully.
Because of the movie's racial content and personal disagreements, Bruce Lee quit working with Wei Lo after this movie.
Bruce Lee choreographed his own fight scenes.
Wah Yuen doubled for Bruce Lee in the fight scene between Chen and Yoshida where Chen does a somersault, while Jackie Chan doubled for the villain Suzuki when he is kicked back through the large paper windows.
The international title of this film was "Fist of Fury". In the United States the English dubbed version was released under the title "The Chinese Connection" to avoid confusion with "Fists of Fury", the title for the U.S. release of Bruce Lee's previous film The Big Boss (1971). The U.S. title was a play on the title of the highly popular film The French Connection (1971).
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In the film, Bruce Lee's character sets out to avenge the death of his teacher Huo Yuanjia 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".
In the Cantonese and Mandarin versions of the film, the voice of Petrov is dubbed by Bruce Lee.
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Bruce Lee openly admitted that in real life, nunchaku versus the katana was actually an uneven match and should be avoided.
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While filming in a park, Wei Lo had to contend with local street gangs, whose leaders would demand payment for using 'their bit' of the road. The protection money was usually paid, much to the annoyance of Bruce Lee, who had to be physically restrained from attacking them.
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This was the first film where Bruce Lee wielded his famous nunchucks, although he had previously used them in The Green Hornet (1966). It was also their first use on film.
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Jackie Chan doubled for Riki Hashimoto for the scene where Chen kicks him out the window. He took the kick and flew several feet. Bruce Lee immediately checked to see if he was okay. Chan would later play a guard Lee kills in Enter the Dragon (1973).
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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.
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Robert Baker was a student and friend of Bruce Lee's and was recommended for the role by Lee.
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Sync sound was not widely used in Hong Kong cinema for a long time so the voices (even on the original Cantonese track) for the film were dubbed.
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Filming was completed in six weeks.
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Much of the budget was spent on creating the two Japanese buildings and gardens with bridges and pools.
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Jackie Chan makes an early appearance in the film. He would later star in Fists of Fury II (1977).
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As with The Big Boss (1971), improbable stunts were added at Wei Lo's insistence, such as Bruce Lee lifting up a rickshaw.
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As well as doing stunts for the film, Jackie Chan has a small role as one of the Chinese students who are attacked by the Japanese.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

To make the point that crime and violence don't pay, Bruce Lee insisted that his character must die at the end, but die with honor.
Contrary to rumors Steve Martin does not play the white-haired policeman who shoots Lee at the end of the film. Hong Kong movie expert Bey Logan originated the rumor with a tongue-in-cheek remark in his commentary for the DVD issued by Hong Kong Legends (HKL). Logan apologized and retracted the remark in a later commentary recorded for HKL's reissue of the DVD.
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