New Fist of Fury (Xin jing wu men) (1976)
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The first of several movies directed by Lo Wei to feature up 'n' coming martial arts star Jackie Chan, New Fist of Fury was devised as a sequel to Bruce Lee's popular film Fist of Fury (which was also directed by Wei). Chan plays Lung, a layabout thief in Japanese-occupied Taiwan who hates the Japs and enjoys a brawl, but has no interest in learning kung fu, meaning that he regularly gets his ass handed to him by his opponents. After being discovered left for dead in a ditch after one particularly severe beating, Lung is nursed back to health by the students of a local kung fu school run by kindly Master Su and his pretty grand-daughter, Miss Lee (Nora Miao). Lung is invited to train at the school but refuses, unwilling to give up his freedom as a thief. However, when Akumora (Chan Sing), the local Japanese official, takes his bully boy tactics too far, eventually causing the death of Master Su, Lung has a change of heart, becomes a highly skilled martial artist overnight (or so it seems) and kicks some major Japanese butt (before being shot to death in the film's closing frames!!!). With the star spending most of this film as a punching bag for his enemies, and very little evidence of the innovative slapstick comedy/fight action that one generally associates with his later movies, New Fist of Fury is bound to disappoint many Chan fans. Unless you are a rabid fan of JC and wish to see all of his early work, you would probably be better off giving this one a miss (or watch either the Bruce Lee original, or the excellent Jet Li version of the story, Fist of Legend).
This sequel of Fist of Fury seems to be the spirit of Bruce Lee lives on... Jackie Chan! Absolutely cool martial arts movie like the original one between the enemy of Chineses and Japaneses. Chan fights more tougher, deadlier and more vengeance-filled in his role. And I recognized a Chinese actress Nora Miao who appeared in Bruce Lee's original movie as his girlfriend, Yuan Le-erh, who survived and escape from Shanghai to Taiwan made her rights to keep her kung-fu school like her late master. And Chan also appeared in a small role as one of Chinese kung-fu students and double stunt of the villain Suzuki when he is kicked back through the large paper windows.
Heavy on the story, which isn't very good. The few fight scenes that are shown aren't very impressive and really the film just crawls by. The final fight scene has Jackie wielding nunchaku, which I've never seen him do previously, and he uses them as well as you'd expect. The very end of the movie is awful, shameful, and bad. Best to skip this one.
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