History Film / TheBigBoss

17th May '17 6:20:10 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* PosthumousCharacter: Old Wang, who apparently feel victim to the same "chopped into pieces and frozen in ice" tactic as Cheng's cousins.
* PreClimaxClimax: In an entirely cut scene from the original release for The Big Boss, which took place between the family murder and the final fight at the Boss's compound, [[spoiler: Cheng returned to the Thai brothel he had visited earlier in the film so that he could, ahem, "unwind" with another prostitute before he marched on with his suicide mission to the Bossí mansion. Presumably, the theme was that Cheng wanted to enjoy his final pleasures before either dying or getting jailed for a long time.]] Of course, the audience (and censors) did not take kindly to the movie's hero doing this, and the scene got axed from all future releases, only to be partially available on the old Mandarin trailers.

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* PosthumousCharacter: Old Wang, who apparently feel fell victim to the same "chopped into pieces and frozen in ice" tactic as Cheng's cousins.
* PreClimaxClimax: In an entirely cut scene from the original release for The Big Boss, release, which took place between the family murder and the final fight at the Boss's compound, [[spoiler: Cheng returned to the Thai brothel he had visited earlier in the film so that he could, ahem, "unwind" with another prostitute before he marched on with his suicide mission to the Bossí mansion. Presumably, the theme was that Cheng wanted to enjoy his final pleasures before either dying or getting jailed for a long time.]] Of course, the audience (and censors) did not take kindly to the movie's hero doing this, and the scene got axed from all future releases, only to be partially available on the old Mandarin trailers.
15th May '17 11:08:23 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: For fights with a non-lethal outcome, Cheng wears blue trousers, but he dons black ones for all fights where he kills his opponents.

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: ColorCodedForYourConvenience[=/=]RuleOfSymbolism: For fights with a non-lethal outcome, Cheng wears blue trousers, but he dons a black ones for pair in all fights where he kills his opponents.
14th May '17 6:47:10 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: For fights with a non-lethal outcome, Cheng wears blue trousers, but he dons black ones for all fights where he kills his opponents.
26th Mar '17 7:18:37 PM dumplass
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* DuelToTheDeath: The final showdown between Cheng and the Boss, which is a combination of martial arts and knife-fighting.

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* DuelToTheDeath: The final showdown between Cheng and the Boss, which is a combination of martial arts and knife-fighting. Itís well done, itís brutal, and it looks like Cheng may not make it out alive. Unlike most of his later movies, Bruce Lee didnít seem invincible and that ramped up the tension. By the end, Cheng is so tired that he passes out.



** He also does it in an earlier scene before demonstrating his martial arts skills.

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** He also does it in an earlier his very first scene in the movie before demonstrating his martial arts skills.



* KissingCousins: They never kiss on-screen but Cheng and Chiao have feelings for each other

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* KissingCousins: They never kiss on-screen but it's obvious Cheng and Chiao have feelings for each other



* MookFaceTurn: A few of Hsiao Mi's girls end up helping Cheng instead because of the way Hsiao Mi treats them.
* MsFanservice: After Cheng gets drunk post the party, a comfort girl is sent to, er, provide him some entertainment. The camera gives her a medium close-up enough to allow her disrobe...
* NiceGuy: In contrast to the stoic badasses that Bruce Lee usually liked to play, Cheng is a pretty mellow and gentle sort. Until his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, of course.

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* MookFaceTurn: A few of Hsiao Mi's girls end up helping Cheng instead in his investigation and revenge because of the dreadful way Hsiao Mi treats them.
* MsFanservice: After [[spoiler:After Cheng gets drunk post the party, a comfort girl caresses his chest and is sent to, er, provide him some entertainment. The camera gives her a medium close-up enough to allow her disrobe...
shown topless after disrobing in front of the camera]]
* NiceGuy: In contrast to the stoic and serious-minded badasses that Bruce Lee usually liked to play, Cheng is a pretty mellow and gentle sort. Until That is, until his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, RoaringRampageOfRevenge of course.course, after which he decides to get a piece of ass from a prostitute (See PreClimaxClimax) one last time before he goes on a kill-crazy suicide mission.



* PosthumousCharacter: Old Wang.

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* PosthumousCharacter: Old Wang.Wang, who apparently feel victim to the same "chopped into pieces and frozen in ice" tactic as Cheng's cousins.
* PreClimaxClimax: In an entirely cut scene from the original release for The Big Boss, which took place between the family murder and the final fight at the Boss's compound, [[spoiler: Cheng returned to the Thai brothel he had visited earlier in the film so that he could, ahem, "unwind" with another prostitute before he marched on with his suicide mission to the Bossí mansion. Presumably, the theme was that Cheng wanted to enjoy his final pleasures before either dying or getting jailed for a long time.]] Of course, the audience (and censors) did not take kindly to the movie's hero doing this, and the scene got axed from all future releases, only to be partially available on the old Mandarin trailers.
* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: During the climax, Cheng faces the Boss and his mooks with a bag of chips in hand.



* SexAsRiteOfPassage: In an entirely cut scene from the original release for The Big Boss, which took place between the family murder and the final fight at the Boss's compound, [[spoiler: Cheng returned to the Thai brothel he had visited earlier in the film so that he could, ahem, "unwind" with another prostitute before he marched on with his suicide mission to the Bossí mansion. Presumably, the theme was that Cheng wanted to enjoy his final pleasures before either dying or getting jailed for a long time.]] Of course, the audience (and censors) did not take kindly to the movie's hero doing this, and the scene got axed from all future releases, only to be partially available on the old Mandarin trailers.
* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: During the climax, Cheng faces the Boss and his mooks with a bag of chips in hand.
26th Mar '17 6:44:53 PM dumplass
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Cheng (Lee) is a Chinese man from Guangdong who has moved to Thailand with the help of his uncle. Prior to the start of the film, Cheng took an oath of non-violence at the behest of his mother. He becomes acquanited with his extensive family of cousins and soon comes to be very close to them, especially the sweet but vulnerable Chiao Mei (Maria Yi), with whom he develops a romance. Alas; getting a job at the ice factory where his cousins work; one day a block of ice is broken to reveal a bag of heroin inside. It turns out the ice factory is a front for a drug operation. The boss of the factory, Hsiao Mi, offers the workers (two of Cheng's cousins) who discovered the heroin a bribe to keep quiet. When they refuse it, he has them killed. Cheng and the remaining cousins start conducting an investigation. Hsiao tries to dissuade Cheng by promoting him to a foreman, but when this fails, he has the remainder of the family (sans Chiao) murdered. Cheng discovers them dead, and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

Directed by Wei Lo (who would also discover Creator/JackieChan), ''The Big Boss'' was a breath of fresh air to martial arts films as it showed a flawed hero in a modern setting. The story (by Wei Lo and Bruce Lee) was very well developed and filled with suspense and action, and in a bold move for an action film, the main character remains almost inactive for the first half as Cheng must avoid violence due to his oath. The film not only launched Lee's career to the stratosphere; it influenced his own film-making style and the way future martial arts movies were done.

Wei Lo's usually restrained style was also influenced by his young actor's abilities; ''The Big Boss'' can be seen as his transition to a more explosive way of film-making that would be completed in ''Fist of Fury'' and the subsequent Jackie Chan films. The natural and raw look of the film added to the high dose of graphic violence (it is probably the goriest film in Lee's career, and consequently the most cut and censored) give the movie a harsh, gritty realism that adds to its charm.

As many have already said (and will continue saying without a doubt), Lee was a very charming actor whose presence filled the screen and owned it completely. That statement is proved here as we see him not as a killing machine, but as a common man who just wants to live peacefully, giving us many scenes of Cheng enjoying his new found family and struggling with his own vices. Lee's performance is very natural although one could say that he was basically playing himself.

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Cheng (Lee) is a Chinese man from Guangdong who has moved to Thailand with the help of his uncle. Prior to the start of the film, Cheng took an oath of non-violence at the behest of his mother. He becomes acquanited acquainted with his extensive family of cousins an expatriate family, and soon comes to be very close to them, especially the sweet but vulnerable Chiao Mei (Maria Yi), with whom he develops a romance. Alas; getting a job at the ice factory where his cousins work; one day a block of ice is broken to reveal a bag of heroin inside. It turns out the ice factory is a front for a drug operation. The boss of the factory, Hsiao Mi, offers the workers (two of Cheng's cousins) who discovered the heroin a bribe to keep quiet. When they refuse it, he has them killed.killed and concealed in ice blocks. Cheng and the remaining cousins start conducting an investigation. Hsiao tries to dissuade Cheng by promoting him to a foreman, but when this fails, he has the remainder of the family (sans Chiao) murdered. Cheng discovers them dead, and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

Directed by Wei Lo (who would also discover Creator/JackieChan), ''The Big Boss'' was a breath of fresh air to Hong Kong martial arts films of the time as it showed a flawed hero in a modern setting. The story (by Wei Lo and Bruce Lee) Lee), differently from the Wuxia flicks that were the norm at the time, was very well developed set in contemporary times and filled with suspense and action, and in a bold unusual move for an action film, the main character remains almost inactive for the first half as Cheng must avoid violence due to his oath. The film not only launched Lee's career to the stratosphere; it influenced his own film-making style and the way future martial arts movies were done.

Wei Lo's usually restrained style was also influenced by his young actor's abilities; ''The Big Boss'' can be seen as his transition to a more explosive way of martial arts film-making that would be completed in ''Fist of Fury'' and the subsequent Jackie Chan films. The natural raw and raw grindhouse look of the film added to the high dose of graphic violence (it is probably the goriest film in Lee's career, and consequently the most cut and censored) give the movie a harsh, gritty realism that adds to its charm.

As many have already said (and will continue saying without a doubt), Lee was a very charming actor whose presence filled the screen and owned it completely. That statement is proved here as we see him not as a killing machine, but as a common man who just wants to live peacefully, giving us many scenes of Cheng enjoying his new found family and struggling with his own vices. vices and inner demons. Lee's performance is very natural although one could say that he was basically playing himself.
a portion of his personality.



* ActualPacifist: Cheng has sworn off violence when the film starts. But when he gets pushed too far, he snaps. HARD. He goes from "wouldn't hurt a fly" to "your remains won't fit on a toothpick."
* AffablyEvil: Hsiao Mi first offers his workers membership in his cartel after they discover they're smuggling drugs. It's only after they politely refuse that he kills them. See WhatAnIdiot.
* AlliterativeTitle
* AllThereInTheManual: While not mentioned in the film, a few books released in the '70s at the time of the film's release mentioned that Cheng Chao An was forced to make his promise to his mother after his father was killed in a fight. In order to continue the family name, Cheng's mother wanted to make sure he would not fall to the same fate and that he'd live to raise his own family. Film historian Bey Logan even mentions this in an audio commentary.
* BMovie

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* ActualPacifist: Cheng has sworn off violence when the film starts. But when he gets pushed too far, he snaps. HARD. He goes from "wouldn't hurt a fly" "hello sir, it's nice to finally meet you" in the beginning of the movie to "your remains won't fit on a toothpick."
daughter calls me daddy too" by the time the final battle rolls on.
* AffablyEvil: Hsiao Mi first offers his workers membership in his cartel after they discover they're smuggling drugs. It's only after they politely refuse that he kills them.them and has their body parts concealed in ice. See WhatAnIdiot.
* AlliterativeTitle
AlliterativeTitle: Applies both the old U.S. title (Fists of Fury) and the current one.
* AllThereInTheManual: While not mentioned in the film, a few books released in the '70s at the time of the film's release mentioned that Cheng Chao An was forced to make his promise to his mother after his father was killed in a fight. In order to continue the family name, lineage, Cheng's mother wanted to make sure he would not fall to the same fate and that he'd live to raise his own family. Film historian Bey Logan even mentions this in an audio commentary.
* BMovieBMovie: With the meager budget and the general grindhouse feel (especially for the ellusive 1971 uncut version), it innevitably becomes this.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Bruce Lee's character is arrested at the end for the dozen or so murders he commits in avenging his family's death.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Bruce Lee's character Cheng is arrested at the end for the dozen or so murders he commits in avenging his family's death.]]



* SexAsRiteOfPassage: A rather unexpected and dour play on this troupe happens in an entirely cut scene from the original release for The Big Boss, which took place between the family murder and the final fight at the Boss's compound. [[spoiler: Cheng returns to the Thai brothel he had visited earlier in the film to, ahem, "unwind" with another prostitute before he marched on with his suicide mission to the Bossí mansion. Presumably, the theme was that Cheng wanted to enjoy his final pleasures and re-establish his masculinity before either dying or getting jailed for a long time.]] Of course, the audience (and censors) did not take kindly to the movie's hero doing this, and the scene got axed from all future releases.

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* SexAsRiteOfPassage: A rather unexpected and dour play on this troupe happens in In an entirely cut scene from the original release for The Big Boss, which took place between the family murder and the final fight at the Boss's compound. compound, [[spoiler: Cheng returns returned to the Thai brothel he had visited earlier in the film to, so that he could, ahem, "unwind" with another prostitute before he marched on with his suicide mission to the Bossí mansion. Presumably, the theme was that Cheng wanted to enjoy his final pleasures and re-establish his masculinity before either dying or getting jailed for a long time.]] Of course, the audience (and censors) did not take kindly to the movie's hero doing this, and the scene got axed from all future releases.releases, only to be partially available on the old Mandarin trailers.



* ShirtlessScene: Cheng gets one during the entire final fight.

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* ShirtlessScene: Cheng gets one this a few times, especially during the entire final fight.
13th Mar '17 2:52:58 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The film was based on the true story of Cheng Chiu-on who fought the tyrants in Thailand. Cheng lived at the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 20th century. A memorial statue of him was erected in a garden in the Bangkok more than 80 years ago.
13th Mar '17 2:48:40 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AlliterativeTitle



* DuelToTheDeath: The final showdown between Cheng and the Boss, which is a combination of martial arts and knife-fighting.



* TheGlassesComeOff:
** Hsiao Mi deliberately removes his in the buildup to the final fight.
** He also does it in an earlier scene before demonstrating his martial arts skills.



* OffhandBackhand: Cheng does this to two goons by throwing knives at them.



* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: During the climax, Cheng faces the Boss and his mooks with a bag of chips in hand.



* TheGlassesComeOff: Hsiao Mi deliberately removes his in the buildup to the final fight.
** He also does it in an earlier scene before demonstrating his martial arts skills.
10th Mar '17 5:13:32 PM YamatoRyu
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* TheDragon: Hsiao Chiun
26th Feb '17 3:32:05 PM Xtifr
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After trying to make a name in Hollywood with the TV series ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' with mixed results, young actor and martial artist Creator/BruceLee traveled back to Hong Kong where his popularity as Kato was very high. There he met Raymond Chow and received the chance to star a film about martial arts. '''''Tang Shan Da Xiong''''', or '''''The Big Boss''''' (known in the U.S. as ''Fists of Fury'', in which case it is not to be confused with his later film ''Film/FistOfFury''), was the final result and the movie that started Lee's career and his way to becoming a legend of celluloid.

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After trying to make a name in Hollywood with the TV series ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' with mixed results, young actor and martial artist Creator/BruceLee traveled back to Hong Kong where his popularity as Kato was very high. There he met Raymond Chow and received the chance to star a film about martial arts. '''''Tang ''Tang Shan Da Xiong''''', Xiong'', or '''''The ''The Big Boss''''' Boss'' (known in the U.S. as ''Fists of Fury'', in which case it is not to be confused with his later film ''Film/FistOfFury''), was the final result and the movie that started Lee's career and his way to becoming a legend of celluloid.
15th Nov '16 1:20:36 PM MrFreeze
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** He also does it in an earlier scene before demonstrating his martial arts skills.
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