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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

What New Fist of Fury should have been, and one of Bruce Li's best

6/10
Author: ZOMBIE-8 from United States
28 June 2006

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!

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Some lies are not so bad!

6/10
Author: Markmainwaring from United Kingdom
19 February 2006

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.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Bruce Li - not Lee

Author: contour2 from Nashville Tn
26 February 2003

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 Chinamen.

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.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Very good Sequel Bruce Li is amazing

8/10
Author: furlough1 from United States
7 November 2005

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 Bruce Le...

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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Fun - if corny - chop-socky cinema

6/10
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
16 July 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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Not better, than 1st

6/10
Author: CrashHolly8 from Varkaus, Finland
5 February 2015

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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.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Lost connections...

3/10
Author: Frank Markland from United States
23 April 2007

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 would have.

*1/2 out of 4-(Poor)

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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Moronic attempt at a Sequel

Author: Miyagis_Sweaty_wifebeater (sirjosephu@aol.com) from Sacramento, CA
5 October 2003

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.

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1 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

It's so scratchy it hurt my eyes!

1/10
Author: Zorin-2 from United States
9 August 2000

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!

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3 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

BRUCE LEE'S BEST !

Author: caspian1978 from Boston, MA
15 November 2000

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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