The Fists of Bruce Lee
Picture the scene. Two Chinese men are working out 'kung-fu style' in front of a brightly colored background. When suddenly, the background fades, the titles rolls, and then... sigh... you are presented with this...
Tut-tut-tut! Oh, dear. He shouldn't have done it, should he? The so-called electronics expert named Lee Min-Chin (Bruce Li) shouldn't have agreed to install a brand new surveillance system in Boss Lo's grand abode.
But hey! Don't get ahead of yourself, pal. I'm not saying this because Lo's second in command is a right fruit, or that his daughter is a bloody psychotic. I'm saying this because, one at a time, two rival gangsters then try to force Lee to help them get back at Lo, by either kidnapping his daughter, or alternately, penetrating his posh mansion.
Of course, Lee being a Lee in nature as well as in name, doesn't want to aide any gangster at all. Right, folks! He'd rather kick the living cr*p out of anyone who attempts to break down his rigid resolve. Despite looking rather smug and fetching in a tight-fitting polo-neck sweater.
Yet again, that's most probably why what next transpires all goes to Wok when two rival gangsters decide to team-up. As a killing is hard to swallow - this section was confusing to follow - kung-fu finally gets the chops - and, oh no, look out, here comes the cops!
If you've already read my silly summation up above, folks, you most probably guessed by now that I wasn't too keen on watching 'Fists of Bruce Lee'. Now I say this for quite a few reasons really. Some of them to do with the exploitative title used. Some of them to do with the overall b-movie nature of this piece. And some of them to do with quite a few observations I took note of whilst watching this f*cked-up flick.
Yep. That is correct, dear reader. I wasn't a happy bunny whilst watching this film. Granted, like I always do, I didn't mind Bruce Li's and Ping-Ao Wei's performances. You could tell they both felt very at ease with themselves throughout this entire film. Furthermore, I kind of dug the nice Chinese lady who played his love interest as well. She was very pleasing on the eye, and had a rather sassy
Hollywood starlet way of holding herself.
Overall I'd say that 'Fists of Bruce Lee' is for die-hard Bruceploitation fans only. The story was a mumbled one. The choreography was nth rate at best. And all in all, it reminded me of a depressed drug addict that's just heard the dreadful news he's only got one hour to live. Dieing to be put out of his misery.
THE RATING: C-