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Film Review: Fist of Fury / The Chinese Connection (1972) - Hong Kong

Andrew Chan Bruce Lee Fist of Fury

Fist of Fury / The Chinese Connection (1972) - Hong Kong

Fist of Fury 精武門 (1972) (Blu Ray) (English Subtitled) (Remastered Edition) (4K Ultra-HD) (Hong Kong Version) - Neo Film Shop - 1

Reviewed by Andrew Chan

In Bruce Lee's second starring role, Fist of Fury or known as The Chinese Connection in US, Lee plays folk hero Chen Zhen who avenges the death of Master Fok and fight against the tyranny of the Japanese. The film broke the box offices locally and was a hit in the US. This 4K Ultra HD remastered edition is a fest for the eyes and undoubtedly doing the wonderfully shot fight scenes justice for generations of fans. Comparing to the first film, The Big Boss, Fist of Fury is by far superior in all department, from the well designed sets, convincing fight scenes, better story line and overall acting. It is little wonder that Lee will go on to become an icon for eternality.

Bruce Lee headlines this film with his typical flair and plenty of physical on-screen presence. His fights stance are second to none and whenever he is onscreen it simply lits up the screen, this is especially evident when other characters are almost invisible to the eye when Lee is around. The fights are clearly ahead of its time and inspired many future martial arts classic including Donnie Yen's Fist of Fury and Jet Li's Fist of Legend. The fight against an entire school of Japanese students, the final big bosses fights are all memorable and iconic to this day. 

All in all, Fist of Fury is a highly entertaining martial arts film that shows why Lee is a superstar. There are so many quality fight scenes that the 4K release will likely leaves most fans mouth watering. The story is straight forward but by no means a fillers for fights and elevated by the physical prime of Bruce Lee. For a 1972 film, this is easily a genre redefining moment. Streets ahead of The Big Boss in all aspects. 

I rated it 4.5/5

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