Published On Jul 10, 2014
Fist of Fury, also known as The Chinese Connection and The Iron Hand in the United States, is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Lo Wei, starring Bruce Lee in his second major role after The Big Boss (1971). Lee plays Chen Zhen, a student of Huo Yuanjia, who fights to defend the honor of the Chinese in the face of foreign aggression, and to bring to justice those responsible for his master's death.
Directed by Lo Wei
Produced by Raymond Chow
Written by Lo Wei
Starring Bruce Lee
Music by Joseph Koo
Cinematography Chan Ching-kui
Edited by Peter Cheung
Distributed by Golden Harvest
National General Pictures (Original US Distributor)
22 March 1972
Running time 108 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Box office Hong Kong:
The film is set in the early 20th century in Shanghai. Chen Zhen returns to Jingwu School to marry his fiancée. However tragic news awaits him: his master Huo Yuanjia has died, apparently from illness. Chen is deeply saddened and traumatised by the sudden demise of his teacher. During the funeral, people from a Japanese dojo in Hongkou District show up to insult and taunt the Jingwu students. Wu En, the Japanese dojo's grandmaster Hiroshi Suzuki's translator and adviser, taunts Chen by slapping him on the chin several times, and dares him to fight him. Then the Japanese students, along with Wu, leave.
Shortly after, Chen goes to the Hongkou dojo alone to engage in a fight. Chen defeats all of them, including the students' master.
Chen takes a stroll to a park after that. He is refused entry into the park by a Sikh guard, since the sign said that no dogs and Chinese were allowed in the park. After the guard allows a foreigner to bring her pet dog into the park, a Japanese man approaches Chen and tells him that if he behaves like a dog, he will be allowed to go in. Chen beats up the man and his friends in anger. After the fight, Chen breaks the sign. The guard blows his whistle to alert the police, meanwhile the citizens that watched the whole fight help Chen to get out of the park entrance quickly.
Meanwhile, the Japanese students and their master retaliate by attacking Jingwu School on the orders of Suzuki. After causing severe damage, the Japanese students leave. Wu, following the Japanese students, warns Jingwu School to hand over Chen. Chen returns and realises that he has caused big trouble. His fellow students are reluctant to hand him over to the Japanese, so they make plans to help him escape from Shanghai.
That night, Chen discovers that Huo has all along been poisoned by Tien, the cook. Chen then sees Tien and Feng Guishi, the caretaker, talking. Chen kills Tien. Feng cowers behind a wall, unsuccessfully sneak attacks Chen, and Chen kills him. Chen hangs Tien and Feng's bodies from a lamp post. Chen's fiancée, Yuan Li'er, finds him hiding near Huo's grave. They share a passionate moment together briefly. At the same time, Suzuki forces the local police inspector, Inspector Lo, to arrest Chen but he eludes them. Then, while Suzuki welcomes his visiting friend Petrov, Chen kills Wu.
The angry Suzuki sends his men to attack Jingwu School and kill everyone inside. On the same night, Chen barges into the dojo to take his revenge, killing the students' master, and then kills Petrov and Suzuki. Chen returns to Jingwu School and finds everyone from Jingwu School and the Hongkou dojo dead. However, few Jingwu students remained. Yuan, Fan Junxia (the eldest student at Jingwu), and Fan Jiaqi were the only ones that survived. Lo was at Jingwu to arrest Chen. Chen agrees to surrender himself to Lo to protect his master's legacy. Lo says to Chen that he can always trust him since he is Chinese. In the final scene, Chen charges and makes a flying kick at a line of armed soldiers as they open fire at him.