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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JWBDNM

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Please do not buy this poor quality dvd.
Mr B Greening
Secondly, I know that a good bit of martial arts films don't focus much on good story plots but this movie really suffered from not having a good plot.
Movie Dude
Being a big Bruce lee fan I love this film.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By P. Ferrigno on April 8, 2005
Format: DVD
Back in 1970, Bruce Lee was a keen martial artist with three Jeet Kune Do studios, he had a fledgling TV/movie career in the United States appearing in movies such as "Marlowe" and TV series such as "Longstreet", and he was charging major Hollywood stars up to $250 an hour for personal martial arts tuition. However, Bruce Lee was somewhat unsatisfied with his life, and he had headed back to Hong Kong for a break and arrived to an unexpected welcome from many young Chinese TV fans, who had seen him as "Kato" on the cult TV series "The Green Hornet". Also around this time, HK film producer Raymond Chow had left Run Run Shaw and started "Golden Harvest" productions, and spied the athletic Bruce as a potential lead actor for the action film genre. After some negotiations, Chow managed to secure Bruce's signature to star in a low budget martial arts film titled "Tang shan da xiong", or as it was eventually released in Western film markets, "The Big Boss" aka "Fists of Fury".

Filming was completed around Pak Chang in Thailand, and by all reports it wasn't the most pleasant of places, and the cast and crew survived on terrible meals and poor accomodation. The plot line is simple enough....a young Bruce Lee plays Cheng Chao-an, who has come to the big city to work with his cousins in the local ice factory. His father's departing words of wisdom to Bruce are to remember his promise not to get into any fights, and as a reminder Bruce wears a jade pendant around his neck. However, trouble seems to follow Cheng around and before long he is drawn into violence, as the truth is uncovered that the ice factory is merely a front for a heroin smuggling operation.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: DVD
I was very anxious to buy this DVD cause Bruce Lee was one of my childhood heroes, but the image and sound quality is so bad that I might as well just use it for a coaster. It's like watching one of those old 8mm films.
I hope that the owners of the film get smart and restore it. I'll be willing to buy it again if it was cleaned up.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Rockall on August 17, 2008
Format: DVD
This DVD isn't what everybody has been waiting for. Forget about the 115 minute running time. It is the same old 100 minute version that we've all seen before. To add insult to injury it only has the English dubbed soundtrack. No option for Cantonese or Mandarin with English subtitles. Picture quality is fairly good 16:9 widescreen but otherwise it's a waste of space. I'm thinking that Bonzai are a bootleg company.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I've always felt that this film captures Bruce Lee at his best -- not the more famous American-made "Enter the Dragon." Bruce Lee plays a country boy who, through his uncanny fighting skills, defends the downtrodden workers from an unscrupulous boss -- a slimy "Mr. Big" type. OK - the plot is not complex. It's classic, corny and simple. But the issues at stake make Lee's fight scenes all the more electrifying -- far more so (for me) than the stylized James Bond-type antics of "Enter the Dragon." This film has a certain poignance -- its hero is taken away at the end... Similarly, Lee dies at the end of "The Chinese Connection." For me, the greatest of all kung fu films (closely seconded by Lee's other films and maybe a "Drunken Master" or two).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2004
Format: DVD
Why American production make HK movies look so cheap? First of all, they cut off so much scene, second of all ruin it by making look acting so dumb by English Dubb. For ANY of HK movies, ALWAYS stick with ORIGINAL LICENSED HK RELEASE. Be careful with cheap imports, boots though.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 2003
Format: DVD
Top notch Martial Arts Action. Don't let it bother you that this is his first big film, theres tons of time on screen with Bruce, and even in his quiet moments his presence is great. The US version on DVD is a great improvement from the VHS versions all of us have had to live with for years, but it you see the Chinese versions, you will find the movies to be better in every way. Thanks to Thomas Ong for his very good advice that made me aware of this (see Listmania) , also read Dragon Man X's reviews, his reviews are great. he goes into this same topic in depth. I have about three versions of this movie, and the US version cut out the scene where he goes to the brothel (needless US censorship- including a priceless few seconds of Bruce behind a Chair ready to go .. why would they cut that out. oh yeah, the brothel. they seem to frown on showing that stuff now. They sure didn't mind that stuff before 1990 ) We have so few films of Bruce that it's a crime to withhold any footage from us. Also cut out is the scene at the end (if you see the US version from fox, you can sense there is something missing) (Note that the scene with the saw in the icehouse is missing from all versions, I guess that is removed from all the versions). Also, the scale of the widescreen, while good in the US version is still cropped more than the Chinese Versions side to side and a bit from the top and bottom. And the sound is stereo in the Chinese versions! The subtitling is off in the US versions also. I compared the traslations, and the Chinese versions have what I believe to be the more accurate versions of the translations. this is true of all the US tranlations of the BL films, it's more fun and meaningful to read the actual translation.. in the US version , they had to voiceover and watch the actors as they mouthed the words so sometimes the meaning is completely different. And the Chinese versions have an actual photo of Bruce, not glazed over in red? who made that decision?
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