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Chinese Connection, The
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by Slyder

"A Martial Arts Classic"
5 stars

After generating a huge buzz with his major film debut “Fists of Fury,” Bruce Lee wasted no time in following up his commercial success, and he did it with style. Thanks to a tighter script, great acting, and last but far from least, ass kicking fight scenes, the Chinese Connection (original title: Fist Of Fury) stands out as one of Bruce Lee’s finest films to date, and an undisputed martial arts classic. I was just blown away even more with this film when I saw it; it’s really a riveting ride. Ok, Fists Of Fury started the ball rolling, but it was this film that catapulted Lee into superstardom.

Lee is superb as Chen Zhen, a former student that returns to his once martial arts school in Shanghai in the 1930s, back then an international compound for Japan, only to find out that his beloved teacher and master Ho-Jun Chia has died under mysterious circumstances. Then in the honorary services, a Japanese School committee shows up and blatantly discriminates the Chinese challenging them to a fight and even gives them a banner as a present that reads “Sick Asian People.” The rest of the school members back down, but Chen doesn’t, and infuriated by the insult he secretly takes the gift back to the Japanese school and beats the shit out of them. The Japanese head Suzuki (Riki Hoshimoto) decides to sweep revenge and try to use his power to pressure the school to turn over Chen if not, they’ll close the school and arrest them instead. Chen goes into hiding as he investigates and tries to find out who were the ones responsible for his master’s death.

The script, based on actual events, is tighter, and very well developed, and hits on the touchy subject of racism. The film isn’t pro-Chinese or anti-Japanese; it’s more of an outcry against the racism that at many times is present in those countries (climaxing with Chen smashing a sign that read: No dogs or Chinese allowed), and also reflects pretty much on Lee’s own discrimination problems he had back in the States.

The martial arts sequences have never been more riveting and more powerful. Lee uses the power of revenge with his kung fu skills, and the resulting combination is deadly and all around brutal. Every kick and every punch is so powerful that you can even feel the anger hit your nerves. It’s that powerful.

Lee also manages to put his acting skills to the test, and pulls it off with style, coming up with interesting espionage tactics as showing himself like an old newspaperman, or a geek telephone repairman. In theses cases, especially in the last one, it kind of forces the issue, and the graveyard scene where Chen is with his girlfriend Yuan (Nora Mia) borders on the childish. But other than that, his vengeful performance is top notch. Again the cinematography is well used, every fight scene is well coordinated, and the camera shots are perfect.

The rest of the cast was great, hell, what else is there to talk about? The film is fucking great.

In the end, Lee’s second film shows even more improvement over the first, and manages to pull out a genre-defining film. This film is a martial arts classic, fucking hell, just go out and rent it. (4.5-5)

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6/28/09 budo One of the best. Lee is phenomenal 5 stars
3/19/07 action movie fan good bruce lee vehicle-avenges teacher-great battle with katana weilding master 4 stars
6/21/06 Joanie Clean it! Wash them! 1 stars
1/20/03 Andy Bronson this film has to be seen uncut 5 stars
6/19/02 the Grinch Kicks more ass than a gang of coked-up bikers...the Rickshaw scene is classic... 5 stars
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  02-Feb-1972 (R)



Directed by
  Wei Lo

Written by
  Wei Lo
  Bruce Lee
  I. Kuang

  Bruce Lee
  Nora Miao
  James Tien
  Maria Yi
  Robert Baker
  Fu Ching Chen

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