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All right, here we have another of the infamous "Bruceploitation"
films, with the most popular of the wannabes, Bruce Li. Hey, wait, come
back, this is actually a good Bruceploitation movie! But first, we need
a minor history lesson...
In 1972, the real Bruce Lee stars in Jing Wu Men/Cheng Mo Mun/Fist of Fury/Chinese Connection (or whatever else you want to call it), and of course, it's a hit. In 1976, three years after Lee's death and four years after Fist of Fury, Lo Wei now decides to look for the "new Bruce Lee" to film New Fist of Fury, and reels in Jackie Chan, or, as he would bill him, "Sing Lung". Seeing as how this was to be an "official" sequel to Fist of Fury in using the same director as well as a couple of veteran cast members (Nora Miao Ker Hsiu and Han Ying Chieh), plus having a star who didn't exactly try to impersonate Bruce Lee for once, you'd think it'd be good. It wasn't. It was overly long, very slow both in pacing and fight scenes, and the ending was one of those endings that feels like the director and writer just thought "uh, we don't have a real ending planned... eh, this'll do". Overall, for being the only official Bruce Lee sequel, it was just boring and no fun whatsoever.
However, around the same time, the Shah Brothers (no not the ShaW Brothers, the ShaH Brothers... big difference) had coined the simple name Fist of Fury Part II before Lo Wei could use it, and decided to make an unofficial sequel. Similar to New Fist of Fury, Fist of Fury Part II brought in a couple of veteran cast members, in this case Tien Feng and Li Kun, both reprising their roles from the previous film. Now, if New Fist of Fury was as bad as it was, you would think this would be worse... it's actually better. The storyline is more coherent in that it directly follows the events from the end of the first film starting with the funeral of Bruce Lee's character Chen Zhen. The story deals with the Japanese ignoring Chen Zhen's final request in that the Japanese were to leave the Jing Wu school in peace, but instead invade the school and occupy it. It is at this time that Chen Zhen's brother, Chen Shen (played by, who else, Bruce Li) pays his respects at his grave site. It is here that a Jing Wu student in hiding tells Chen Shen of the trouble the school is facing and that he must help.
That's pretty much the plot as the film is heavy on action while Lo Wei's "official" New Fist of Fury was lacking in action. The best part is just how much attention was spent in recreating the Jing Wu school to look virtually identical to the set from the Golden Harvest studios. Also, the new villain this time around is Miyamoto played by Lo "Five Figners of Death" Lieh who has a pretty damn good final fight with Bruce Li. Overall, this is the best example of a Bruce Lee sequel and one of Bruce Li's best. There IS a Fist of Fury III that does continue from here following Chen Shen's return home and the continuation of the Japanese occupation... but it's not nearly as good as this one. Also, good luck finding an uncut version of this film as the current US DVD is taken from a British video which cuts out all uses of the nunchucks. Try to find an out of print NTSC video on eBay if you can. Overall, this is worthy of a 6/10. Decent story, above par "Bruceploitation acting", nice set design, and pretty good fights. Worth a look!
Bruce Li steps into the nunchucks of Bruce Lee in this surprisingly
good sequel/rip-off of the late great Dragons best film Fist of Fury.
Bruce Li plays Bruce Lees brother and comes into town to find out why his brother died and kill some more Japanese occupiers.
Although it all falls apart before the end this film manages to be quite entertaining and Lo Lieh is great as the main bad guy.
Many of the original cast return with the exception of Bruce Lee (of course) and Nora Miao (who decided to instead star in the "official" sequel, which also starred a young Jackie Chan, New Fist of Fury) Not a classic at all but a well made film that is quite enjoyable.
The finest slice of Bruceploitaion.
Bruce Li stars in this flick..and it's one of his best..if not the best.
Full of Japanese vs. Chinese action and Japanese bigotry toward the
Chen Shan (Bruce Li) journeys to Shanghai to honor his brothers dying wish. He must reestablish the Ching Wu Martial Arts School. When he finds that the school has been taken over by Miyamoto, the Japanese karate Master, a fight to the death ensues.
Here are some updated info's for this excellent movie. Bruce Li should
have been as famous as Bruce Lee.. his action sequences are just as
amazing and his acting is even better at times. This is a very good
semi-sequel to Chinese Connection.. the USA version of fists of fury
with Lee was the renamed BIG BOSS..Then Chinese Connection was the
renamed Fist of Fury..confused yet? And don't even start with me about
Technical Details Actors Bruce Li ; Lo Leih ; Ti Fung ; Lee Quinn Director Jimmy Shaw Certificate 18 years and over Year 1976 Languages English - Stereo Duration 1 hour and 34 minutes (approx)
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This cheap but action-packed sequel to the Bruce Lee classic sees
impersonator Bruce Li take the leading role, providing himself a
worthwhile if uninspired hero in the fight sequences. Although Li is no
Lee (despite looking a heck of a lot like him) the film could do a lot
worse in a leading man. The movie is simply packed with action. It's
one of those films where a fight or battle breaks out every few minutes
to further the plot, which is fine with me. The plot isn't very
important something about the Japanese insulting then killing the
Chinese, and closing all their martial arts schools in the process. The
Chinese take it until Bruce shows up and starts handing the Japanese
their backsides on a plate.
The fight sequences are dynamic but poorly-choreographed, and a little choppy here and there. Some of the fighters are slow and portly, others are lightning-quick and pretty impressive. I noticed a nunchuck sequence cut from the UK print; the production company who released the budget DVD release I watched were obviously too cheap to bother resubmitting the film to the BBFC, where it would have got through uncut since the laws changed. Saying that, there is some bone-breaking and bloody violence, so it's not all bad.
The supporting cast is familiar, including that guy with the hooded eyes who appears playing elders in almost every kung fu film of the 1970s. One notable addition is the inimitable Lo Lieh, excelling here as the chief Japanese bad guy, Miyamoto. Lieh is great in the role, really imposing and villainous as always. His death was truly a loss to the world of Hong Kong cinema. The final fight scene between Li and Lieh is a lengthy, brutal, no-holds-barred brawl to the death, complete with blood, torn clothes, gallons of sweat, and even some hari-kari thrown in for good measure. The result? Fun, if corny, chop-socky cinema.
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Even though this was really enjoyable movie. Big minus, we don't see Chen Shen in first 20-30 minutes, but when we see him, its ass kicking through entire movie. First Chen Shen fight is at graveyard, he is visiting his brothers grave and Japanese arrive. Japanese says: "Visiting grave is forbidden by Chinese". Then they attack Shen, but soon found out, it was big mistake. Shen easily beats up 4 Japanese and makes them to bow down to Shen's brother. After that scene, Chen Shen is introduced to Chinese Martial Arts school and every time Japanese attack school, Shen is taking care of them. However 1 scene is at inn and Shen is eating, Japanese arrive and attack Shen, again with no problem Shen beats them up. 2nd time, when Japanese arrive at inn, Shen is in 2nd level and teacher is drinking vine at 1st floor. That small Japanese takes vine bottle and holds it up in air and teacher is trying to drink. When Japanese takes their belts off, Shen has had it and attacks Japanese. In the end Shen holds bottle and small Japanese is trying to drink. Now were close to that scene, when Japanese order Shen to leave Shanghai, Shen does that, but there were Japanese spies in train and they're trying to kill Shen, Shen quickly jumps off train. Japanese goes with swords to Chinese school and kill some people, Shen goes there also and beats them up, then police arrives and says: "Take all wounded men and arrest them". Shen replies: "I killed all of those Japanese, arrest me". Police says: "Ok". Shen replies: "But I need to do a favor, give me 1 day and that small Japanese guy". Police says: "1 day". Now were in end fight and its Chen Shen versus a totally bad ass Japanese guy with Samurai sword. Shen says: "Lets solve this with fists". End fight shows Shen getting beaten up by Japanese guy, but in very end, Shen uses his fingers to fatally wound Japanese Boss. Boss knows, he is defeated, so he commits suicide. End of movie. Besides Bruce Li, there were really popular Chinese actors, including: Lieh Lo, Kun Li and James Nam.
Bruce Li stars in this sequel as the the brother of the character
played by Bruce Lee in the original 1972 movie. However things have
gotten worse for the Chinese since Bruce Lee's character died and the
Japanese are so mean that they don't let them visit the grave of Lee's
character, get killed constantly and worst of all they do it for no
particular reason. I must admit that The Chinese Connection II might be
at least a passable movie if available in Cantonese with subtitles
because the dubbed version certainly doesn't provide enough background
or plot to make this is even close to as enjoyable as the original
first movie. Bruce Li does have a screen presence, this is a fact he
has a quality about him which suggests he might've had more talent then
just going into ludicrous dramatics while kicking the crap out of
various people. What makes Chinese Connection II so disappointing is
that it literally is nothing but endless action sequences with no story
to make the action sequences mean anything. Don't get me wrong plot
isn't very important, but I for one wanted a reason and motivation for
Bruce Li's vengeance as well as why the bad guys did what they did.
Unfortunately it's all vague and because of this the action sequences
(while well staged) lack the overall edge a normal martial arts flick
*1/2 out of 4-(Poor)
Chinese Connection II is supposed to be a sequel to Chinese Connection
(called Fist of Fury in Hong Kong) but Golden Harvest beat them to it
with the New Fist of Fury (starring Jackie Chan and most of the cast
from the first film). Bruce Li (pronounced LEE) stars as Chen Shen,
Zen's brother. Shen is out to avenge his murder and to put the beat
down on those evil Japanese. Even if this movie wasn't horribly dubbed
and cropped, the end results would have been the same. Bruce Li is no
Bruce Lee and this movie shows it.
The dubbing is bad and takes away from an already mediocre film. Turns a b-movie (by Hong Kong standards) into a Grade Z picture. Not recommended for solo viewing, but as a party film it's a must view.
I bought this Hong Kong film under the title Fist of Fury II for $3.99. Boy did I overpay. First of all I am a Bruce Lee fan and I bought this because I thought it was a sequel to The Chinese Connection (titled Fist of Fury overseas), and when I got home, the movie itself had the name The Fist of Fury? This film has so many A.K.A titles it hurts my head! So is it a sequel to The Chinese Connection or Fists of Fury? I give up. It also hurts my eyes because the movies is so scratchy. You must be a die hard 70's kung fu fan to enjoy this!
This film has it all for Kung-Fu films. Except for a corny start to the
film, CC2 holds Bruce Lee's best acting. A story about a student avenging
the murderer of his teacher, Bruce has several famous fight sequences as
well as a number of scenes where Bruce portrays different characters.
A great "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" ending, this is Bruce's best work!
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