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The Boss of Kung Fu!
The Big Boss (DVD)
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The Big Boss (DVD)
Advantages: Stars the legendary Bruce Lee and is action packed with terrific fights.
Disadvantages: Acting is quite poor... but who cares.
After excellent success on Western TV - co-starring as Kato in The Green Hornet and appearances in the film Marlow and on TV series, Longstreet, Bruce Lee was ready to star on the big screen. The Big Boss provided Bruce Lee with that cinematic debut to Chinese audiences.
The Big Boss exhibits Bruce Lee as a Cheng Chao-An - a country boy who has moved to a small town with his uncle to be with his cousins to start a new life. He starts working for the local ice factory where his family work, little knowing that the Big Boss is using the factory to smuggle drugs in. A few employees, that happen to be Bruce's family, discover the secret and are killed by The Big Boss. Soon, suspicision grows from Bruce and his increasingly worried family, and they take on the Big Boss - but what will be the consequences?
The Big Boss was a mammoth box office hit that broke all previous records. If you watch it - you will see why. The director of the film, Lo Wei, was aware of what people wanted to see - fighting and more of it! Lo Wei recognised that the combative talents of Bruce Lee were far superior to any he had seen, and as audience members, we benefit from seeing mulitple scenes of Bruce tearing up his opponents.
There are some magnificent fight scenes in this film - in particular, two fights in the factory. In the first fight, Bruce Lee springs to life upon seeing his friends and relatives getting bashed by some foremen, and beats around ten opponents to a pulp - sending them running off. Then in the second factory fight, he fights a large group of men sent by the big boss, and has to use knives, chains, a handsaw, as well as superb hand to hand combat techniques to defeat all of the them. There is a comedic moment where he has an opponent up against a building and he strikes him so hard that he falls through the wall, and the shape of his body is left on the wall.
Bruce is a superb leading man, but is supported by some good performances from Maria Yi, who plays the love interest. She is his cousin, but there is an attraction there, which she plays to very well. James Tien, who has starred in most of Bruce Lee's chinese films, is a great fighter and portrays a happy character as well as an intensely furious man very well.
Overall, I think the Big Boss is a fantastic film. I do not need to be bowled over by fantastic, award-winning, acting to love a film... which is just as well, because although the acting is not marvellous, seeing Bruce Lee in action is! He is a terrific fighter and a good actor, and that is enough for me to enjoy this film. The fact there are many fights is a bonus. If you are looking for a supreme fight fest, look no further than this film, unless it is at another Bruce Lee film.
The Big Boss was released in 1971, and can be obtained for an incredible £5 or less from most DVD retailers. It is a certficate 18 and has a running time of 101 mins.
Bruce Lee ... Cheng Chao-an
Maria Yi ... Chow Mei
James Tien ... Hsiu Chien
Ying-Chieh Han ... Hsiao Mi (The Boss)
Malalene ... Miss Wuman
Tony Liu ... Hsiao Chiun (Mi's son)
Summary: Outstanding Martial Arts film!