Fist of Fury ★★★½

Written and directed by Lo Wei, what could have been a straightforward action movie is also brimming with subtext and moral ambiguity, which give it a far more satisfying narrative than the movies which use the plot as little more than a coat-rack on which to hang fight scenes. As Chen, Bruce Lee reacts against systemic prejudice with righteous anger, but in doing so triggers a chain of events that results in tragedy with little promise of progress. It's a bleak message, but it gives Fist of Fury a sharper edge than most of the martial arts movies I've seen.

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