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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.

Director:

Wei Lo

Writer:

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

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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 claims his revenge through death and beyond. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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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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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

As well as doing stunts for this movie, Jackie Chan has a small role as one of the Chinese students who are attacked by the Japanese. See more »

Goofs

Approx. one hour into the film, there is a scene where a phonograph player is playing. Record players of that type were not invented until near the end of the 19th Century. See more »

Quotes

Chen: Eat. This time you're eating paper. The next time it's going to be glass.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Atmospheres
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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Lee's most intense movie
14 April 2002 | by abentenjoSee all my reviews

Undoubtedly Lee's most intense performance, Wei's powerful kung fu classic is ripe with anti-Japanese hysteria and propaganda, so much so that there's not a single pleasant Jap' in the movie (unlike the up-to-date modern re-make). That aside, essentially this is a riotous Bruce Lee vehicle, kicking out trademarks and smashing up all evil in the process. The plot (Lee's sifu poisoned by Japanese school in turn-of-the-century Shanghai) is a valid excuse to string a great line-up of fight sequences together, and what great action this is: Bruce pounds the lights out of a dojo full of evil Japs using only fists, feet and nunchakus, and the duel with Baker (Lee's real-life personal bodyguard) near the movie's end is sheer entertainment typified. Though based on factual events, the subject matter is vastly exaggerated. Nevertheless, as kung fu theatre goes, Fist of Fury is an immensely satisfying experience, and stands as probably Lee's best Hong Kong work.


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