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Fist of Fury (1972)

Jing wu men (original title)
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

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Wei Lo

Writer:

Wei Lo (screenplay) (as Lo Wei)
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Cast

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

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 has done the impossible... ...HE'S SURPASSED HIMSELF!!! See more »


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

9 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fist of Fury See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (PAL) | (initial release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the final battle as Suzuki is kicked through the shoji screen, you can see his white belt wrapping itself around the stunt wire used to lower him down to the ground below. See more »

Quotes

Chen: Whenever you're ready, I'll take on any japanese here.
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Alternate Versions

For its original 1972 UK cinema release the BBFC requested a cut to remove a shot of a flying throat kick, though it appeared intact in all early theatrical prints and was possibly waived before release. In 1978 the film was withdrawn by BBFC director James Ferman (together with Enter the Dragon) and all nunchaku footage removed together with the previously mentioned throat kick, and these cuts, (totalling 2 mins 51 secs) would persist in all of the film's UK video releases. The cuts were fully restored for the 2001 Hong Kong Legends release. See more »

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Atmospheres
Written by György Ligeti
Performed by Das Orchester des Südwestfunks Baden-Baden
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Brief excerpt, played twice, during dramatic death scenes
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The Quintessential Chinese Kung Fu Movie
6 January 2000 | by Roy TjioeSee 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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