Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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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.
The Big Boss is a somewhat underwhelming Martial Arts movie starring Bruce Lee.
The story itself is alright with Bruce’s new friends getting into trouble with criminals led by a grandmaster and Kung Fu treachery ensuing and some of the fights are fantastic, but my main gripe with this is the big lack of Bruce fights during the complete first half. Rumour has it the film was well into shooting before Bruce became the main star and then the focus shifted to him getting a more active role.
All in all it’s pretty forgettable in my opinion. If you want to see Bruce drinking Hennessy, acting all drunk and evading German shepherd dogs by simply jumping (and it works!) you might want to check it out.
If you’re only in it for Bruce Lee fighting I suggest you take the youtube clip route of things.
Besides the tv series The Green Hornet where Lee was the sidekick, he did not receive top billing fame until this film's international release followed by The Chinese Connection a.k.a "Fist of Fury" (hence the mix up in titles with the transition to western audiences).
I actually find this film superior to the much more over the top and theatrical The Chinese Connection. Although The Chinese Connection may have the more thrilling fight scenes in terms of martial arts but this film contains the upper hand in sheer viciousness. It's been so long since I had seen it last that this rewatch almost felt like a brand new viewing. I had forgotten about the extreme violence for a Bruce Lee…
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…
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.
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.
There's not a lot of martial arts here. But what's here is pretty cool. But I'm pretty sure Mickey Rooney did the English dubbing because my god.
After struggling to make a name for himself in Hollywood because no one would consider giving an Asian a starring role, young actor and martial artist Bruce Lee traveled to Hong Kong where he was vastly popular. There he was given the chance to star in the martial arts film, Tang Shan Da Xiong (also known as The Big Boss or Fists of Fury). This film launched Lee’s career and his journey to become a legend.
Divergent to many martial arts films of that time, The Big Boss was set in the present day and even attempted to convey some realism. A young Chinese man named Cheng Chao-an (Bruce Lee) travels to Thailand searching for a job. While rooming with…
La venganza es un acto inútil, pero más inútil es quedarse mano sobre mano mientras destruyen todo lo que amas en el mundo por una promesa echa con buena intención. Eso parece pensar Bruce Lee en su primera película como protagonista —donde tenemos que renunciar a verle pelear hasta muy bien entrado el segundo acto, dosificando así la impresión que produce: el impacto que causa verle pelear se multiplica al acontecer de una forma tardía y explosiva—, que acaba con un final trágico. La venganza no le devuelve su vida anterior y hace que él acabe con sus huesos en el suelo.
Luchar contra los capos de la droga es imposible, porque la sociedad acepta de forma tácita la necesidad…
this is actually well-done. it's gritty and has a bit of depth. strong movie!
This movie felt a lot more real then some other martial arts movies. That really could be taken either way but in my opinion in this movie it was good. Nothing really made me think that Bruce Lee was some kind of super kung-fu master. The scene where he got drunk really helped set that in my mind. That brings me to another issue I has with this film; it takes a while for anything really exciting to happen. After the mid-point of the movie a lot of shit starts to go down and Bruce Lee starts to kick ass as usual.
As with any Bruce Lee movie the fighting was incredible. No complaints about that. This film also shows…
Muy pero que muy sobrevalorada. El "karate a muerte" (malditos títulos españoles) no aparece hasta el final de la película, y tampoco es que se pueda considerar emocionante. No obstante, apartándonos de la acción, emite una brisa agradable a medida que se va desenvolviendo la trama (pero esto es secundario). En general: mucho ruido y pocas nueces.
Streaming: Bruce Lee's first big movie and you can see how this man was about to become a legend.
Low budget and incredibly laughable fun dubbing makes the movie worth a view for the entertainment value.
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