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The Chinese Connection (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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Yuan Le-erh (as Miao Ker Hsiu)
James Tien ...
Fan Chun-hsia
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Yen
Robert Baker ...
Fu Ching Chen ...
Chao
Shan Chin ...
Tung
Ying-Chieh Han ...
Feng Kwai-sher
Chikara Hashimoto ...
Hiroshi Suzuki (as Riki Hashimoto)
Jun Katsumura ...
Suzuki's bodyguard
Chung-Hsin Huang ...
Tien
Kun Li ...
Hsu (as Quin Lee)
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Fan
Ying-Chi Li ...
Li (as Yin Chi Lee)
Tony Liu ...
Chin
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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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9 September 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fist of Fury  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As with The Big Boss (1971), improbable stunts were added at Wei Lo's insistence, such as Bruce Lee lifting up a rickshaw. See more »

Goofs

When Bruce's character kills his Russian opponent near the end of the movie he grabs Petrov's hair by the top of his head. When he chops Petrov in the throat he suddenly has his hair from the back. See more »

Quotes

[At the Shanghai Park gate]
Sepoy: Hold it. What do you want?
Chen: I want pass.
Sepoy: Not allowed, I'm afraid.
[Points to a sign that says "No Dogs And Chinese Allowed." A dog walks in]
Chen: And that?
Sepoy: You're the wrong color, so beat it.
[a Japanese official walks by and stops at the gate]
Japanese official: Hey you, come here! You want to get in there? Now, now, tell you what. There's only one thing you have to do. Pretend you're a dog and I'll take you in.
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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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The Quintessential Chinese Kung Fu Movie
6 January 2000 | by See 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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