The Big Boss
Every Limb Of His Body Is A Lethal Weapon!!!
Chen is a city boy who moves with his cousins to work at a ice factory. He does this with a family promise never to get involved in any fight. However, when members of his family begin disappearing after meeting the management of the factor, the resulting mystery and pressures forces him to break that vow and take on the villainy of the Big Boss.
Finally watched it with the Cantonese music track that features Pink Floyd and apparently King Crimson as well. I'd forgotten such a thing even existed, but I'm pretty sure I could watch Bruce Lee walking purposely to an entire Pink Floyd album and not get bored.
(Movie #1 in the Jack Gibson Bruce Lee Boxed Set Challenge)
So my own personal "Big Boss" Jack Gibson lent me a boxed set of some Bruce Lee flicks - prior to this, my only exposure was Enter The Dragon, which is essential viewing even for chop-sock n00bz.
The Big Boss, while obviously not on the same rarified cinematic plane as that masterwork, offers up some pretty choice entertainment: the plot is straight-forward to the point of being almost video-game simple, the fights are arterial-spray violent while also cartoonishly entertaining, and Lee exudes the effortless charisma of a young Jack Reacher. Also: one element of this genre that I didn't appreciate it as a kid - and which actually kinda…
Film # 15 in The June Challenge
The Big Boss is a good Bruce Lee movie with a lot of engaging fight scenes. The plot and characters are pretty forgettable, but the movie mostly exists as a Bruce Lee vehicle. The first portion of the film is spent waiting for Bruce Lee to finally throw a punch, with lots of smaller fight scenes in which Bruce isn't involved. However, when Bruce finally gets pulled into a fight is is awesome, with a lot of build-up before he throws his first hit. The Big Boss is an enjoyable martial arts flick with a lot of good Bruce Lee action.
Bruce Lee may be the most narcissistic movie star of all-time, but you can't help but be entranced by him, he's just as magnetic as he thinks he is.
Immigrant workers in a foreign country, exploited by a rapacious capitalist as drug dealer. Takes forever for Bruce to realize that maybe his boss is lying to him. But once he does, everyone dies.
The problem with Bruce Lee's legacy (aside from dying way too soon) is that it's so much bigger than most of his actual films. Especially The Big Boss. You'd have to be delusional to call this a good movie. It's not. The two main money shots of Lee realizing his true potential doesn't come until the last 20 minutes or so. Prior to this, you get occasional glimpses of Bruce Lee's blindingly fantastic screen presence. He's a damn good looking man and he had talent for miles, beyond just kicking lots of butt. I don't usually recommend watching movies in context but the back story of The Big Boss explains sooo much of what went wrong here. If you're a Bruce Lee purist and enjoy every moment he's on screen, you won't be disappointed here.
It’s entertaining and Bruce Lee kicks serious ass but it’s also very repetitive and badly made. I’m really not sure how to view these 70’s kung fu flicks haha.
Nothing more than a vehicle for Bruce Lee- it is low-budget garbage, if not for his charisma and fighting. And even then... its low-budget garbage.
Solid martial arts action.
The lower class vs the upper middle class in an all out brawl. A groovy jazzy jeff soundtrack and very retro cool opening credits. Shout Factory just put out the complete box set of Bruce Lee movies, if you want all the extras including alternate opening title sequence, you should pick it up. It also comes with several audio options in Mandarin/Cantonese/English dub/audio commentary.
Sadly Bruce Lee had to little influence on the making of his first major movie ...
Not really a Bruce Lee movie, or at least not a good one. The plot, such as it is, is boring to the point that it can't even be called "cliched"; there's maybe 25 minutes of story stretched to feature length with only a few mediocre fights, only a few of which actually feature Bruce and most of which are supplemented by poor camera trickery rather than more interesting craft. Perhaps the original version is better, but there isn't too much here. Some really interesting fight scenes that are peppered throughout do liven things up, but it's mostly interesting to watch Lee at such an early stage in his career.
Every Limb Of His Body Is A Leathal Weapon!!! :-)
A.V. Club review. Sets Lee up as a pacifist who promised Mom he wouldn't fight, which means 46 deadly minutes elapse before he finally starts kicking ass. Even then there's surprisingly little action, some of which involves large dogs plainly being thrown at Lee from just off-camera.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.