New Fist of Fury
OK, I have a question for you. Out of the following four options, which one manages to provoke good natured thief, A-Lung (Jackie Chan), just enough, so he would want to learn how to fight? Is it:
- When he gets the wok
beaten out of him because he has stolen a weapon from the new
Shanghaiarrivals, Miss Lee and Hung (Nora Miao and Yin-chieh Han)?
- When Miss Lee's Grandfather suffers a fateful heart attack, due to him being taunted on his eightieth Birthday by a rival Japanese grandmaster?
- When said same Japanese grandmaster then threatens to close Miss Lee's new martial arts school down?
- Because he breaks his own chop-sticks after clicking on partybingo.com?
Well, if truth be told, most of these scenarios provoke A-Lung to join Miss Lee's new school -- entitled 'Jing Wu' -- so that he and his Chinese brethren are able to fight back against their Japanese oppressors.
However, as you might imagine, this is by no mean an easy thing for him to accomplish. A-Lung has to train-train-train like a choo-choo-choo, whilst all around him the Japanese imperialists try their best to seize control of all in sundry. Deception. CRACK! Threats. THWACK! Attacks. KA-POW! Plus a very mean looking woman who does most of her banging with her fists. HONK-HONK!
Still, that is most probably why what next transpires really kicks off when a Japanese grandmaster calls together a meeting of Chinese minds. As names are for show - fights are a go-go - a bad family is put to bed - and someone unfortunately gets shot in the head.
Now before I give you my spiel on 'New Fist of Fury', I would like to present to you some relevant filmic facts first. (1) Although Bruce Lee clone, Bruce Li, and most of the original cast made a film called 'Fist Of Fury 2', this movie was the official sequel to 'Fist Of Fury' [click on the link for the review]. (2) This project was a deliberate attempt made by the director, Lo Wei, to manufacture Jackie Chan into becoming the next Bruce Lee. (3) Jackie Chan starred in the original version of this movie. He was one of the Jing Wu pupils fighting in the court yard battle scene. And he also doubled for the final martial-arts master that Bruce kicked through the wall. (4) Chinese actress, Nora Miao, was the first person Bruce Lee kissed on camera. Moreover, she starred with him on 'The Big Boss', 'Fist of Fury', and 'Way of the Dragon' [click on link for the reviews]. (5) There were two versions of this film produced. The original 114 minute version was made in Mandarin and released in 1976. And a 1980 80 minute English dubbed version released because of Jackie's then escalating career. This one was the 80 minute dubbed version. (6) Before he became a director, Lo Wei was a matinee idol, and it is believed that he became famous because of a dubious connection he had with the Chinese Triads. (7) Just like Lo Wei and Nora Miao, Yin-chieh Han starred with Bruce Lee on 'The Big Boss' and 'Fist of Fury'. He played a villain though. Not the director or the love interest. (8) This movie was ill received by the fans, and was heralded as the first of many 'flops' for Jackie Chan's early film career. It only made $456,787.20
dollars worldwide. (9) Nora Miao, Lo Wei, and Jackie Chan would make another
film together three years after this one -- 'Dragon Fist'. (10) Jackie Chan is in fact two years younger than Nora Miao. She was
born in 1952 and is currently hosting a radio talk-show in . Whilst he was
born in 1954 and is currently a martial-arts living legend. Toronto,
Overall 'New Fist Of Fury' is a fairly competent film, and was much better than I thought it would be. Nothing outstanding mind you. Rather, a nice look back at Jackie Chan's early filmic career.
THE RATING: B