The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong)

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Kung Fu-meister Bruce Lee made his feature film debut in this Hong Kong-made martial-arts actioner that chronicles the attempts of a young student to honor the vow made to his master that he will not use his deadly hands to harm others. The fighter does his best and goes to work at a seemingly peaceful ice factory. Unfortunately, he must break his promise after his master is murdered and he discovers that his employer uses the factory as a front for a drug-smuggling operation. The story was originally titled Big Boss.

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Critic Reviews for The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong)

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Audience Reviews for The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong)

  • Jun 06, 2013
    The birth of a legend: Wei Lo introduces Bruce Lee as a man subject to moral constraints. It is when external circumstances force him to take action when we witness, unexpectedly and for the very first time, a Chinese tornado whose impactful movements are faster than lightning. Given the time, it is hard to complain about the plot's simplicity. Maybe Lo had intended to make a film full of cheese so he could concentrate in the martial arts action genre while providing hilarious sound effects and pink blood. The whole myth surrounding the mysterious "saw scene" just makes the experience all the more fun and cult-like. A personal favorite of mine for purely subjective reasons. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2012
    One of the better Bruce Lee Flicks. Awesome performances and martial arts. Probably one of the more violent of them all. He holds back for sometime but When it over boils it gets hot. Good story too about personal problems and making family adjustments.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2012
    Stupifyingly (so bad I had to make up a word) bad acting and atrocious voice overs prove so bad that they elicit enough charm for the movie to work. But then, Fists of Fury/The Big Boss never pretends to be a cinematic masterpiece. This is violent, teeth kicking kung fu, and it's so much more exciting when Bruce Lee ends his fighting hold out and takes names.
    Jeff L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2012
    Bruce Lee first role may not have been his best, but it made him a major star throughout Asia thanks to it. It might have aged well, but it still packs a punch. The Big Boss (or Fist of Fury) is about Bruce Lee playing a young man, sworn to an oath of non-violence, works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear and force to break that oath. So first off, the story is slow as some scenes do drag on and we don't actually get to see Bruce Lee fight for a while as you need to sit through a good portion of the movie for that. Now there is one noticeable flaw in the script, how did none of the workers notice drugs in the ice if it's see through. Were the workers busy really to busy to notice that? Other than that it's original and well told story with great pacing and drama. We get allot of characters, though the love interest feels like it just there to satisfied people. As usual we get some of Bruce Lee famous philosophy and kick ass character. Overall the story is enjoyable with one minor plot hole that shouldn't distract audience from the main experience. Considering this is Bruce Lee first role I suggest you find a version that's not dubbed over to get the real experience. Like in every movie Lee has ever been in, he does a great job playing himself as he gracefully goes from dramatic actor to action star when he needs to. As for his fight scenes, they retain his classic appeal and the finale is still amazing to this day. As for the rest of the cast they didn't get my attention, but at-least they did there job well. One thing I'm sure audience will be mixed about is the music since this came out in the 70s so expect some weird music to play. The Big Boss (or Fist of Fury) is the legendary debut of Bruce Lee that would forever make him an icon around the world. If you're a fan of Bruce Lee, Martial Art, or good movies do yourself a favor and watch this.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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