You won't be disappointed!
Purely Joyful Movie!
Story: It's very simple but honestly that is fine.
The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.
(Flash Review)Bruce makes human bones appear to have the rigidity of matchsticks in this big brawler movie. Bruce is angry to learn of his martial arts teacher's death. Once he learns the cause, he is out for blood! Rather simply story with an unexpected feud between a Japanese and Chinese martial arts school. This is a pure Bruce Lee movie. A big rumble to start, lots of story and dialog in the middle (slow but fine) and then Bruce takes on foes of increasing difficulty during the climax. You get what you expected. More blood than other films of his I have seen but overall it was amusing and entertaining.
Written & directed by Wei Lo (who also plays the role of The Inspector), "The Chinese Connection" is simply a classic Bruce Lee martial arts film. It of course serves its purpose of dishing out lots of great combat (complete with hilarious over use of "impact" sounds). But there's more here going on than that. This also features some funny comedy, and some particularly potent drama. It's a tale of bigotry, as the Japanese in Shanghai treat their Chinese counterparts with contempt, and demean them.Taking place at the turn of the 20th century, it stars Bruce as Chen Zhen, a student who returns to his school to learn that the beloved "Master" has died. Not only that, but he just might have been murdered, to boot. Naturally, Chen swears to solve the crime and get some revenge. He takes on all comers, while the carnage mounts.There's some pretty delicious gore in this lively affair, which goes on a bit long at one hour and 47 minutes, but it still has much to recommend it. Lo and Bruce get your attention and keep it with their many intense fight sequences. It also offers a little dose of romance, as Chen hopes to marry the girl whom he loves (Nora Miao). The villains are wonderfully despicable; you love to hate them, and eagerly anticipate the inevitable showdown between Bruce and characters such as Petrov (Robert Baker), a massive Russian who shows off his superhuman strength in one amusing segment.The acting is just fine from everybody concerned. Bruce is indeed at his best, proving his physical prowess at every turn and displaying that memorable screen presence.Good, solid action entertainment, a must for martial arts fans.Eight out of 10.
This movie takes place in pre-World War 2 Shanghai when the Japanese were involved with expanding their empire at the expense of China. As a result Shanghai was considered an international city in which the major powers at the time pretty much used as they saw fit. Anyway, it's during this time that a martial arts student by the name of "Chen Zhen" (Bruce Lee) returns to the dojo that meant so much to him. When he arrives he finds that his beloved master has died and is in the process of being buried. After a few days of intense bereavement Chen angrily demands to know how his master died. When told the official diagnosis was pneumonia Chen immediately rejects that explanation and suspects a more sinister cause. Not long afterward some members of a nearby Japanese dojo arrive and disrespectfully taunt those who are paying a final homage to their late master. This infuriates Chen who decides to take matters into his own hands and pay a visit to the rival dojo later that night. Now, rather than reveal any more of the movie and risk ruining it for those who haven't seen it I will just say that this was one of the first martial arts films shown to American audiences and it made a huge impression at the time. Even so, while it is certainly good, I don't consider it to be the best martial arts film ever made. I say this because the dubbing on the film that I watched was extremely bad. Additionally, the first fight scene between Bruce Lee and Yi Feng (as the Japanese martial arts instructor named "Yoshida") was rather pathetic. Along with that the film quality wasn't exactly top-notch either. On the plus side this movie features the best martial arts expert to have ever acted on screen bar none. Likewise, with the exception of the fight scene mentioned earlier, the rest of the combat scenes were quite excellent. I especially liked the fight between Chen and "Petrov" (Robert Baker). I also liked the addition of Nora Miao (as "Yuen Le-erh"). Be that as it may I thought this was a good movie and I rate it as slightly above average.
I always swap between this film and Enter the dragon being my favourite Bruce Lee Film. ETD is slicker but the few fight scenes that there are in this film are among Bruce Lee's best in my opinion. The reason is that he is acting while fighting. He is supposed to be this crazy guy who is driven mad by his masters murder and this sure comes through in the fight scenes. Two in particular are when he kills the guy involved in poisoning his master ( acted by the same guy who was the Big Boss in the first Chinese Martial Arts Film Lee did ) 'Why did you kill my teacher then?' and then at the Japanese school when he says ' I will allow you to leave, Scram, Scram, Scraaaam!' Pure magic. Also the fight against the Russian allows Bruce to show off some excellent Kung fu skills ( apart from the silly hand waving scene,what was that supposed to be about? ) When Bruce switches styles from Kung Fu, Karate and Western Boxing to confuse the Russian it is Bruce showing Jeet Kune Do at it's best. The film has it's silly comic elements, like the rickshaw throwing scene, but this was probably Lo Wei's (Director) idea. And the love scenes with Nora Mao are too long and unnecessary. All the other fighters in the film look really amateurish compared to Bruce with one or two exceptions. The scene where the Japanese boss flies through the wall after Bruce kicks him is actually a young Jackie Chan as a stunt man. Jackie mentions in his biography that he was the only stunt man willing to do that scene as it involved landing on his back. Jackie is also the stunt man who has his neck broken by Bruce in Enter the Dragon. All in all I still enjoy this film having watched it probably over 30 times.