History Film / TheBigBoss

24th Sep '16 10:32:32 AM nombretomado
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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 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 BruceLee 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.
26th Aug '16 4:10:30 AM StarTropes
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* ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask: Bruce Lee eats snacks and kicks some asses at the same time.

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* ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask: Bruce Lee [[TheSnackIsMoreInteresting eats snacks snacks]] and kicks some asses at the same time.
8th Aug '16 9:57:26 PM Kervinle2500
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Not to be confused with the [[Franchise/MetalGear Metal Gear]] character who goes by "Big Boss".
22nd Jul '16 10:42:08 AM StarTropes
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* DualWielding: Cheng and the boss wield two knives at different points during the climactic fight.
7th Jul '16 4:40:06 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: Books written around the time of the film's release reveal that Cheng's vow of pacifism stems from his mother wanting him to continue the family line.



* MarketBasedTitle: The film was originally going to be retitled ''The Chinese Connection'' for the American market in order to cash in on the success of ''TheFrenchConnection'' (as both films' plots involved drug trafficking). Unfortunately the American distributor screwed up by accidentally switching the title with that of ''Fist of Fury'' (in singular), which was meant to be called ''Fists of Fury'' in America. For awhile, ''The Big Boss'' was known as ''Fists of Fury'' in America, while ''Fist of Fury'' was ''The Chinese Connection'', until later re-releases restored the original titles.
** If the above paragraph confused you; it basically says that film A was supposed to get title C and film B was supposed to get title D, but because of a mix-up, film A got titled D and film B got title C instead.
* MissingEpisode: Several scenes were removed from the film during the 1972 Hong Kong Movie Censorship Crackdown and are thought to be lost, due to being literally removed (cut and spliced) from the film reel that was used to make copies from this point onwards. Other prints of the film are said to exist with the scenes intact (and one such print was even shown in London in 1979), but have not been seen. Even if they could be released, copyright issues mean it is unlikely we'll see them.



* MsFanservice: After Bruce Lee's character 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...

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* MsFanservice: After Bruce Lee's character 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...
14th Jun '16 6:36:22 AM StarTropes
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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Two of Cheng's cousins refuse a bribe and an offer to join in drug smuggling. They pay for it with their lives.



* ShirtlessScene: Cheng gets one doing the entire final fight

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* ShirtlessScene: Cheng gets one doing during the entire final fightfight.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Cheng demonstrates this multiple times. One of which includes an OffhandBackhand.
20th Feb '16 9:19:19 PM SolidTrig
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* 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.
14th Nov '15 2:34:55 AM dumplass
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* 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 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 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.
13th Nov '15 11:56:03 PM dumplass
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* Sex as Rite-of-Passage: A rather unexpected and dour play on this troupe happened 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 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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* Sex as Rite-of-Passage: SexAsRiteOfPassage: A rather unexpected and dour play on this troupe happened 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 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.
13th Nov '15 11:49:08 PM dumplass
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* Sex as Rite-of-Passage: A rather unexpected and dour play on this troupe happened 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 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.



* ShirtlessScene: Lee gets one towards the end.

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* ShirtlessScene: Lee Cheng gets one towards doing the end.entire final fight
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