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  • Actors: Bruce Lee, Miao Ker Hsiu, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi
  • Directors: Lo Wei
  • Producers: Raymond Chow
  • Format: Limited Edition, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009RRZH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,299 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martial arts classic starring Bruce Lee as Cheng Chao-An (Bruce Lee), an immigrant worker who takes a job with his cousins in an ice factory and discovers all manner of suspicious goings-on. Cheng might have promised his mother not to fight again, but when he begins to investigate a series of disappearances - the latest of which has seen his own cousin go missing - he can't help but display his formidable martial arts skills. Taking on one opponent after another, Cheng will not stop until he has fought his way to the truth and the inevitable confrontation with the man known only as 'The Big Boss'.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Siamese on 23 May 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Who would have known that one of Bruce Lee's greatest cinematic achievements could sound and, especially, look as good as it does in this recent DVD edition? Considering that this movie, much in the same way as the other early martial arts pictures that Lee made for Golden Harvest, was typically shot on a relatively low budget, with poor to average film stock being used, this restored version is nothing short of miraculous. The Fortune Star print makes it look like it was shot a few months ago, as it looks as clear as it probably never was when it first came out in March of 1972.
The colour balance, the picture resolution and the correct aspect ratio are rendered so perfectly that you start noticing small details that were always missed thus far. I will give you an example: in the major fight scene where Bruce's character faces all the Japanese students in their dojo, while he's holding the famed nunchaku ready to strike his opponents yet again, there's a very tight close-up of Lee's face. Here you can clearly see the little veins in the eyes, which were fuzzy in the previous DVD edition.
This is truly a classic brought back to its full glory that had previously faded, and enhances all the great qualities it possesses, namely the fact that this turned out to be one of the most dynamic, intense and spectacular performances that Bruce Lee has forever recorded on celluloid.
Don't miss this DVD, you won't regret it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2004
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This, for me has to be the best Bruce Lee film there is. It contains every part of Bruce's dynamism that I don't think is visible in his other films.
Based on a true story, Bruce portrays the character Chen Jun, a past student of a school of martial arts at which his sifu (master) has just died. On returning, Bruce does not believe his sifu died of natural causes and after a while discovers the truth, at which point he goes on a killing rampage. For every second that Bruce is on the screen he has an aura which surrounds him that I think gives you an insight into why he is a legend. His performance is unlike any other, not only in this film but in the era also.
Scenes to remember for me are;
Bruce seeking revenge in the Bushido school, returning the 'sick men' sign.
the scenes in which before and after he discovers the real reasons for his sifu's death
and the climactic battle with Petrov.
I've watched this film again and again and I'm always amazed at Bruce's on screen presence, even now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2008
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Perhaps Lee's darkest and most violent film, Fist of Fury sees Lee famously taking on an entire school of fighters, and killing several bad guys in a more cold blooded and ruthless fashion than usual on his way to taking revenge on those who killed his master.

Lee's character hears of his master's death and returns to his school as their best pupil. He soon understands that his master was killed by a rival master, and uncovers a world of crime and prejudice. However, he knows that taking on the countless bad guys may cost him his own life and there are those still alive who care enough for him who try to stop him from going on this suicide mission.

While the script and story are simple, there is plenty of room for some of Lee's best fight scenes and for his views on racism and morality; The scene where Lee destroys the sign prohibiting dogs and Chinese people from entering is a classic. Again, (with all Lee's films strangely) the film has an excellent score and is well acted by everyone who has a major part, especially Lee. Nora Miao is sympathetic and looks gorgeous, and would go on to give a brilliant performance in Way of the Dragon. And it wouldn't be a Bruce Lee film without an ambiguous ending, as Lee's character...

This 2 disc DVD has plenty of great features worthy of The Man, The Myth. There are various documentaries, and priceless deleted scenes. The restoration job also is perfection, miles away from the blurry old VHS i used to rent in the eighties, or the recorded off TV copies. Like all of his films, a must have- and one all action fans, and genuine lovers of cinema should see.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Mar. 2001
Format: DVD
After the release of "The Big Boss - Special Collector's Editíon", HKL follows up with Bruce Lee's second kung-fu epic, "Fist of Fury". As with "The Big Boss", this remarkable edition is completely uncut with a boosted picture and sound quality. For the first time ever, I had the chance to view the legendary nunchaku scenes that have been missing for so many years in the video releases of this film in Sweden. In their unabridged state, all the fighting scenes tend to radiate a never-before-seen freshness. The audio commentary to the film is truly enlightening and the option to select between English and Cantonese soundtrack is also a nice feature. At last, with HKL's "Fist of Fury", lovers of Bruce Lee and martial arts films finally have an opportunity to enjoy Lee's on-screen persona "to the full". Definitely worth each penny!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 May 2001
Format: DVD
My other half and I were stunned by the difference in the story line of the complete version of this film to the 3 other VHS copies we have tried. The whole emphasis of the story changes, even your impression of the time line. I never realised that it contained a love story, broken up by the tragic murder of the Master and the need for revenge. Just brilliant.
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