Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fists of Fury (1971)

Original title: Tang Shan da Xiong

AKA: The Big Boss

Director: Wei Lo

Writer: Wei Lo

Composers: Fu-Ling Wang, Peter Thomas

Starring: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Marilyn Bautista, Ying-Chieh Han, Tony Liu, Kun Li, Nora Miao, Shan Chin, Chih Chen, Chia-Cheng Tu, Tso Chen

More info: IMDb

Tagline: KARATE KUNG-FU! The new screen excitement that gives you the biggest kick of your life!

Plot: A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

My rating:  6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This is Bruce Lee's first film and there wouldn't be much reason to watch it if it weren't for him.  The story is average as are the production values.  It's a typical chop socky flick from the 70s.  There is a little bit of nudity which was highly unusual for the genre at that time.  Bruce has two major fights.  They're very good but they're also less than a half hour from the end so you've got to sit through an hour of mediocre to get to them.  He's amazing to watch, though, in the fights and it's worth watching just for him alone.  The 20th Century Fox DVD is pretty piss poor.  There are no extras, the English dub is cheesy, the non-anamorphic widescreen print is dirty and there are no other language options.  It's been decades since I saw this and I'm pretty sure that there's no reason to revisit this one again.  Lee did three more pictures before he died and they're all better than this one.

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