Fists of Fury

Fists of Fury

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Director: Lo Wei

Cast: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, Nora Miao

     
 

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Martial arts master Bruce Lee solidifies his standing as one of the great action stars in Fists of Fury, the story of a Chinese country boy (Lee) sent to live in Thailand with his uncle and cousins. Around his neck is a charm representing his promise to his mother not to fight, a promise which is repeatedly tested when he goes to work in the local icehouse forSee more details below

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Martial arts master Bruce Lee solidifies his standing as one of the great action stars in Fists of Fury, the story of a Chinese country boy (Lee) sent to live in Thailand with his uncle and cousins. Around his neck is a charm representing his promise to his mother not to fight, a promise which is repeatedly tested when he goes to work in the local icehouse for an abusive overseer and prejudiced natives. When some of his cousins are killed after discovering the icehouse is actually a front for a heroin-smuggling operation, Lee sets out to exact revenge and eventually has a showdown with the Japanese crimelord behind the entire scheme (Han Ying Chieh). Lee's physical gifts are undeniable; the blinding speed of his fists and feet must be seen to be believed. The film was originally released in Asia as The Big Boss. Bad guys beware when that charm comes off!

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This kung-fu quickie introduced the world to the martial arts skills of Bruce Lee. Although the film itself is hit and miss, action fans will want to check it out for an early example of his prowess as an action star. Fists of Fury falls prey to a lot of the problems common in early '70s martial arts films; in other words, it has a predictable plot line, cartoonish acting, and awful dubbing. Despite these hindrances, Fists of Fury benefits from two strong attributes. The first is solid direction from veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Lo Wei. He keeps the plot's familiar elements flowing smoothly and brings a gritty verve to the film's many fight scenes. However, the film's key attribute is the presence of Bruce Lee; he carries himself with charisma of a star and brings a singular blend of gracefulness and macho swagger to the fight scenes. Strangely, the plot keeps him out of the action for half of the film, but when he gets to do his thing, the results are quite memorable. The best example is the finale, which features Lee taking on a gang of hired killers and their vicious boss without ever showing a second of fear or doubt. In the end, casual viewers may find Fists of Fury to be a bit dated, but any fan of Bruce Lee will be interested to see where he got his start.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2006
UPC:
0779836190291
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
NR
Source:
Direct Source Label
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:35:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Lee Cheng
Maria Yi Mei
Nora Miao Actor
James Tien Actor
Han Ying Chieh Mi
Mao Ker Hsiu Actor
Chin Shan Hua Sze
Li Hua Sze Actor
Miao Ke Hsiu Yuan
Robert Baker Actor
Li Quinn Actor
Malalene Prostitute
Tony Liu Mi's Son
Paul Tien Chen
Lam Ching-Ying Actor
Kam Shan Actor

Technical Credits
Lo Wei Director,Screenwriter
Lui Chan Production Manager
Ku Chih-Hui Score Composer
Chang Ching-chu Editor
Chen Ching-chu Cinematographer
Raymond Chow Executive Producer
Wang Fu-ling Score Composer
Sung Ming Editor
Lau Leung Wah Production Manager

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bruce Lee - Fists of Fury
1. Chapter 1 [16:53]
2. Chapter 2 [17:25]
3. Chapter 3 [16:08]
4. Chapter 4 [16:07]
5. Chapter 5 [12:20]
6. Chapter 6 [15:28]

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