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Bruce Lee's screen debut!
The Big Boss (DVD)
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The Big Boss (DVD)
Advantages: great choreography, final climax, decent soundtrack
Disadvantages: takes a while for Bruce to strut his stuff
Bruce Lee makes his adult movie debut (he did star in films as a child).
This is a Hong Kong based production and the film is in Cantonese. On the DVD, you will have a choice of either listening to the English dubbed or Cantonese languages.
The film centres around Bruce's character, Cheng, who goes to stay with his cousins and work at an ice factory. He has sworn to his mother to never get himself in trouble and get into fights. But, after two of his cousins are brutally murdered, he goes to investigate why and in the end, he has no choice but to use his martial arts skills to defeat the bad guys who threaten his life.
Like Enter the Dragon, it takes a while for Bruce to actually strut his stuff (around the 55 minute mark) while story set up is going on and a bit of character development.
But Bruce is amazing at what he does and is always a joy to watch on screen.
At the time, nobody had ever seen anything like this before and so it broke ground back then, especially in Hong Kong on opening night!
Ying-Chieh Han plays The Boss that Bruce has to defeat at the end and he, too, displays some great martial arts of his own and makes for a good fictional opponent for Lee to fight.
Talking about the final climax, the choreography is brilliant, violent and gory!
No wonder Bruce Lee has a big following.
The characters making up Chen's family are forgettable with the exception of James Tien's 'Hsiu Chien', who keeps us entertained with his own martial arts in the first 50 or so minutes before Bruce takes over.
The English dubbing is terrible and corny and if you are a purist, then you will want to stick with the Cantonese language option.
I'm no critic at reviewing music in a Cantonese movie but the main theme is actually quite catchy. In fact, the whole soundtrack is pretty good.
It's not one of Bruce Lee's best, in fact, I'd say it was the worst of his 4 completed movies but it is his debut so I'll cut it some slack.
But if you want to see Bruce Lee fight early in a movie and often then skip this and watch 'Fist Of Fury'.
Summary: Good enough debut for Bruce Lee in a film worth watching for martial arts fans