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September 3, 2017
Sometimes things are much better when you're watching them as a kid. Of course Bruce Lee is as ferocious as ever, but one can't help but notice that in terms of opponents, there's really no one that even seems to present the slightest challenge to him. Hence the action, though entertaining and snappy, loses all sense of tension. And of course, as an adult, the sloppy writing really stands out, and the acting across the board mainly consists of mugging (Lee himself is especially atrocious). Still, it could be a "so bad it's great" kind of movie, with above-average action, if you're into that kind of thing.
August 21, 2017
Bruce's first big martial arts hit in the mainstream.
August 2, 2017
If you watch it today, it's pretty bad. Still okay for the martial arts parts. But the story is just too simplistic and dumb for today. Enter the Dragon and the Way of the dragon have both aged much better than this one. The remake with Jet Li actually has much better story.
½ November 23, 2016
Bruce Lee avenges his teacher's murder at the hands of a rival school. Direct but simplistic revenge story that drags on longer than necessary but does feature the dynamic Lee in his second lead role and a solid final confrontation.
½ June 27, 2016
Solid Bruce Lee martial arts action flick. Bruce's master at his school is killed by the evil Japanese school members, so Bruce looks to find those responsible and seeks his high-kicking, fast-punching, nunchuck-flying revenge. The fight sequences are good thanks to the talents of Bruce, but he film is hampered by the hammy direction from director Wei Lo, who Bruce was not a fan of working with. Still, it's hard to go far wrong with anything featuring Bruce Lee.
½ May 1, 2016
Japanese martial arts school makes grave miscalculation in dishonouring Chinese school attended by Bruce Lee and killing his teacher. While no means a great film, Lee was a cut above his peers. He died too soon.
April 25, 2016
The Chinese Connection (1972) ???
Second Bruce Lee film (after FISTS OF FURY) about Lee out for vengeance for those responsible for the death of his teacher. Violent but exciting Kung Fu actioner. Followed by RETURN OF THE DRAGON.
½ January 28, 2016
Considered by many to be one of Bruce Lee's finest films, The Chinese Connection sounded like a good spectacle of action.
The Chinese Connection must be considered within its cultural context to certify an appropriate critical opinion. Within the confines of my country, it is difficult to establish precisely how good The Chinese Connection is due to the difficulty of finding a copy which is not dubbed. Caught up in the same flaw that burdens the many lesser Kung Fu films in the market, The Chinese Connection has its credibility reduced by the dubbing. There are some really serious moments in The Chinese Connection where the actors deliver intense physical performances, yet the dubbing is so distant from the intended emotion of the scenes that the contrast is extremely strange. The fact that the voice acting is so subtle while characters are lashing out on screen or over the top during the most subtle of moments ensures that either way, it never manages to get things right. The way this affects the performance of Bruce Lee ends up making him seem like a foreign-language William Shatner, and though this may achieve some unintentional laughs, it is clearly not the intention of the production,
The story clearly aspires to be a legitimate crime film and a Kung Fu vehicle at the same time, but the entire production is so weighed down by generic flaws that it degrades the positive intentions. The narrative is full of predictable plot points and lifeless stock characters which do nothing to boast excitement or intelligence in the film. This isn't helped by the fact that the film runs for 108 minutes without enough martial arts to suffice, making it a slow and rather long drag for those not immersed within its poor dubbing. Ultimately, The Chinese Connection doesn't precisely offer all that much to set itself apart from the many other genre films available on the market apart from the presence of Bruce Lee. But then again, it fails to even take advantage of that.
The martial arts skills of Bruce Lee are not utilized to maxiumum potential in The Chinese Connection since they prove occasionally too fast for the cinematography to keep up with. During some of the big-scale action scenes there are moments where the man gets cut off by the edge of the camera, capturing some of the more amateur elements of the production. The cinematography is already rather poor because the rough resolution is slightly blurry, but more notably there is just no technique to it. Rather than filming the fight scenes from the appropriate perspective and editing so that viewers can constantly get the best view of the battle, The Chinese Connection resorts to the more simplistic route of many long-shots where the same angle is used regardless of if it actually does any good in capturing the choreography. When the film does use some actual editing to change shots it doesn't help anything, but rather messes up the continuity and captures flaws in the battle. The film already struggles to hide the fact that few techniques make even the least of contact and using the same cheap sound effect again and again cannot give it any boost of credibility, but the cinematography and editing pays no favours to anything. The limited production values of The Chinese Connection lay a burden down on the whole production and the action sequences are not excluded from these faults. However, they do still manage to stand as the greatest scenes in the film thanks to the accomplished physical power of Bruce Lee.
Being a Bruce Lee action vehicle, it is pretty clear what the major hook of The Chinese Connection is. The legendary martial arts star has to fight not just his enemies, but the burden of a flawed production to make it through the story. He is the one person who comes out still shining on the other side despite everything standing in the way of achieving this. The man is a natural talent who is no stranger to showing it off, and since The Chinese Connection is one of his first leading roles it is an early sign of the talent which would establish his legacy. It's difficult to decipher the quality of his acting based on the fact that the dubbing really burdens him more than anyone, but you can tell he is making a conscience effort to deliver the utmost intensity in his physical spirit. And when this leaks over into putting up a fight, that is where he truly shines. The major talents Bruce Lee shows off in The Chinese Connection includes being able to execute an impressive number of high-kicks at a large angle at a fast and endless rate over the course of the many long-shots. He fuels himself with maximum tension during every moment and pushes it through every inch of his body from his veigns to his jaw, and the power is phenomenal. Bruce Lee has no challenge taking on multiple enemies at once or jumping across entire rooms with remarkable energy, keeping his life endless. On top of it all, The Chinese Connection manages to make an opportunity for him to exercise his skills with nunchaku. Notorious for his talents with weaponry, Bruce Lee flails his nunchaku around with tenacious precision and incredible speed. There is limited time that the viewer gets to enjoy this form of combat, but Bruce Lee's talents with them are an iconic element for the film. Bruce Lee clearly takes The Chinese Connection on as a serious challenge, but he clearly has fun exercising his remarkable talents at the same time.

So The Chinese Connection makes an effort to be a legitimate crime thriller yet ends up burdened by the same poor dubbing and low production values of countless other martial arts films while dragging itself on with a slow pace and too much running time. But there is no denying that the remarkable fighting skills of Bruce Lee make for a decent spectacle.
½ October 27, 2015
Fun to watch if you want to see where Capcom completely ripped off Fei Long for Super Street Fighter II.
½ October 24, 2015
My favorite Bruce Lee flick, mainly because it highlights historical Chinese-Japanese tensions, and Lee plays such a raging badass in it. The skillful beat-downs he's able to dish out in scene after scene are fueled by righteous anger, which is interesting. Lee's protagonist is someone who's clearly been wronged, but his violent reaction to this is meant to be questioned. A bit more than what you'd expect from your average kung fu movie.
October 15, 2015
Possibly it is traditional to watch these sorts of kung fu movies in ridiculously dubbed versions but the quality of the print I watched was also pretty bad (particularly dark in places). I guess this was originally called Fist of Fury and there is one crazy scene where Bruce Lee gets so angry that his hands become a psychedelic blur of fists. That was great. The plot, which holds together straightforwardly, sees Lee out for revenge after members of a Japanese martial arts group kill his teacher (even though the rest of his own school seek a nonviolent solution). There is an unfortunate racist air to the proceedings but apparently Lee was upset about this. As it turns out, the fighting is far more violent than the kung fu included in the typical Jackie Chan movie (even though Chan apparently doubled for one of the bad guys) with some neck kicks and punches and liberal use of nunchaku. To me, this made the movie less enjoyable. Overall, it drags and is certainly not as good as Enter the Dragon). However, the theme music was pretty fantastic.
August 2, 2015
Bruce Lee's second and arguably best feature film sees the martial arts master as a vengeful student who begins a one-man war against a corrupt Japanese school responsible for the death of his beloved teacher. There's an unforeseeable touch of irony with the devastated Lee investigating the mysterious and untimely death of his mentor but that's no distraction to a strong film that sees Lee at his athletic and magnetic best. And yet, great as Lee is in his second big-screen outing, its no one-man show - James Koo's musical score is the best in a Bruce Lee film and Lo Wei's fine direction make this one a cut above the rest, blending awesome action with credible drama. Some ponderous dialogue between Lee's loyal colleagues and the detective (played by Wei himself) on his trail drags through a few scenes but its a glint against the many great elements to the film. As 40 years have proven, Enter The Dragon is ultimately the most iconic and adored of Lee's works but Fist of Fury is unquestionably the man at his cinematic best.
½ June 26, 2015
movie is so boring not even the greatest martial artist of all time can even save this piece of crap
February 5, 2015
I didn't like this movie, it was painful to watch at times. It gets a two star because the fighting scenes were done really well and Lee was amazing in it. The story was just too simply and uninteresting. 2/5
January 17, 2015
One of Lee's best films at his moody dangerous best. The fight scenes are stunning well paced and dramatic, one to watch again and again.
½ January 11, 2015
So great. Bruce Lee is such a charismatic bad ass. The way he would command on screen was hilariously awesome. Better to go out in a blaze of glory, than on your knees.
November 26, 2014
It lacks some characterization and occasionally stumbles into boring territory, but overall delivers a powerful drama. It's also worth noting that, in my opinion, this film contains Lee's greatest fight scenes.
½ August 23, 2014
I should point out that this is the first film that I'm reviewing from a DVD/VCR I got as a birthday present today.

Getting to the subject matter, while it is considered the movie that ended the 'Bruce Lee-Lo Wei' partnership because of the consistencies of racism throughout the film, it does keep you entertained from start to finish, with a well-written script, a unique and interesting story, and the motivation involving Bruce Lee's character, and Lo Wei's direction, which all combine together into one well-made film.
July 21, 2014
Bruce Lee!!
Lots of Screaming.
June 30, 2014
I own this on DVD in a five movie set along with:
* The Big Boss (1970)
* Way Of The Dragon (1972)
* Game Of Death (1978)
* Game Of Death II (1981)
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