Fist of Fury
|Fist of Fury|
Hong Kong poster
|Cantonese||Zing1 Mou2 Mun4|
|Directed by||Lo Wei|
|Produced by||Raymond Chow|
|Written by||Lo Wei|
|Music by||Joseph Koo|
|Editing by||Peter Cheung|
|Distributed by||Golden Harvest
National General Pictures (Original US Distributor)
|Running time||108 minutes|
|Box office||Hong Kong:
Fist of Fury, also known as The Chinese Connection and The Iron Hand in the United States, is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Lo Wei, starring Bruce Lee in his second major role after The Big Boss (1971). Lee plays Chen Zhen, a student of Huo Yuanjia, who fights to defend the honour of the Chinese in the face of foreign aggression, and to bring to justice those responsible for his master's death.
The film is set in the early 20th century in Shanghai. Chen Zhen returns to Jingwu School to marry his fiancée. However tragic news awaits him: his master Huo Yuanjia has died, apparently from illness. Chen is deeply saddened and traumatised by the sudden demise of his teacher. During the funeral, people from Japanese dojo in Hongkou District show up to insult and taunt the Jingwu students.
Shortly after, Chen Zhen goes to the Hongkou dojo alone to engage in a fight. Chen defeats all of them.
Chen takes a stroll to a park after that. He is refused entry into the park by a Sikh guard. After the guard allows a foreigner to bring her pet dog into the park, a Japanese man approaches Chen and tells him that if he behaves like a dog, he will be allowed to go in. Chen beats up the man and his friends in anger.
Meanwhile, the Japanese students retaliate by attacking Jingwu School on the orders of their master, Hiroshi Suzuki. After causing severe damage, the Japanese students leave. They warn Jingwu School to hand over Chen Zhen. Chen returns and realises that he has caused big trouble. His fellow students are reluctant to hand him over to the Japanese, so they make plans to help him escape from Shanghai.
That night, Chen discovers that his master was poisoned by the cook. Chen kills them and hangs their bodies from a lamp post. Chen's fiancée finds him hiding near Huo's grave. They share a passionate moment together briefly. At the same time, Suzuki forces the local police inspector to arrest Chen but he eludes them. Then while Suzuki welcomes his visiting friend Petrov, Chen kills his translator and adviser, Wu.
The angry Suzuki sends his men to attack Jingwu School and kill everyone inside. On the same night, Chen barges into the dojo to take his revenge. Afterwards Chen defeats Petrov and Suzuki. Chen returns to Jingwu School and finds everyone (from both schools) dead, and the police there to arrest him. Chen agrees to surrender himself to the police to protect his master's legacy. In the final scene, Chen charges and makes a flying kick at a line of armed soldiers as they open fire at him.
- Bruce Lee as Chen Zhen
- Nora Miao as Yuan Li'er (Yuan Le-erh), Chen Zhen's fiancée
- Riki Hashimoto as Hiroshi Suzuki, the master of the Hongkou dojo
- Robert Baker as Petrov, a Russian gang boss and Suzuki's friend
- Tien Feng as Fan Junxia (Fan Chun-hsia), the eldest student in Jingwu School
- Paul Wei as Wu En, Suzuki's translator
- Feng Yi as Yoshida, the head instructor in the Hongkou dojo
- Lo Wei as Inspector Lo, the police inspector
- Wong Chung-shun as Tien, the cook in Jingwu School
- Han Ying-chieh as Feng Guishi (Feng Kwai-sher), the caretaker in Jingwu School
- James Tien as Fan Jiaqi (Fan Chia-chi), a Jingwu student
Fist of Fury was released in the U.S. under the title The Chinese Connection, as a means of tapping the popularity of another film, The French Connection (starring Gene Hackman), released earlier in the U.S. However, the U.S. titles for Fist of Fury and The Big Boss were accidentally switched, resulting in the former being released in the U.S. under the title The Chinese Connection until 2005, while the latter was released as Fist of Fury.
Recent television screenings and the current official DVD release (by 20th Century Fox, originally available in The Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection box set) in the U.S. have restored the original titles of all the films starring Bruce Lee. Fist of Fury is now officially known as Fist of Fury in the U.S.. The current DVD version also has a subtitle that says "A.K.A. The Chinese Connection" when the Fist of Fury title appears on screen, as the source material is the Fortune Star digital remasters.
Fist of Fury grossed HK$4,431,423 in its Hong Kong release.
Sync sound was not widely used in Hong Kong cinema for a long time so the voices (even on the original Mandarin track) for the film were dubbed. The voice of the Russian fighter Petrov on the original Mandarin track was dubbed by Bruce Lee, with added reverb.
This film marks one of the few times that a DVD has an alternative new commentary. Media Asia UK distributor Hong Kong Legends has released this film as a "Special Collector's Edition" and a "Platinum Edition". Bey Logan recorded two alternative commentaries for both releases. The usual process with re-releases on DVD is that the commentary is passed on to the next release. Logan decided to re-record his second commentary as he wanted to give it a new light, being an avid fan of this film. The theme song is played by Mike Remedios.
Sequels and remakes
The film was released in 1972 in Hong Kong by Golden Harvest, and in America by Columbia Pictures in February 1981.
- "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 19
- Weiler, A. H. "The Chinese Connection (1972) The Screen: A Chinese 'Fist of Fury':Stark Tale of Revenge Opens at Pagoda Shanghai Is Setting for Kung-Fu Combats". The New York Times.
- Fist of Fury - Hong Kong Film Archive database
- Official website
- Fist of Fury at the Internet Movie Database
- Fist of Fury at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase
- Fist of Fury at allmovie