Fist of Fury (Chinese: 精武門; aka The Chinese Connection and The Iron Hand in the United States. It starred Bruce Lee in his second major film after The Big Boss. Bruce Lee plays Chen Zhen, a student of Huo Yuanjia, who fights to defend the honor of the Chinese and to bring to justice those responsible for his master's death. The movie has themes of racism and the consequences of revenge.Now available as an on-demand download from RiffTrax
One which might easily be missed. The Jingwu school is massacred but didn't go down without a fight. The karate school is annihilated killing them.
Combat Pragmatist: Chen, unsurprisingly if you know anything about Jeet Kune Do. While he prefers to use his fists, he makes no attempt to continue fighting 'fair' once the Japanese start cheating.
Petrov manages to get Chen in a very decisive arm lock. Chen responds by biting his leg as hard as he can.
Death by Racism: Not quite death but Chen kicks the ass of numerous people who are racist towards him.
A more literal example occurs with Chen himself. While guilty of a ridiculous number of crimes, there is absolutely no justice in his arrest. The Japanese rule Shanghai and not even the massacre of the kung-fu school would have gotten the karate school punished.
Dirty Coward: Virtually the entire karate school. They team up 20-on-1 with Chen early on, frequently resort to using weapons, murder a rival martial arts master with poison, and otherwise show themselves to be honorless jerks.
Downer Ending: Chen sacrifices himself to the Japanese and certain execution to spare his friends from being arrested.
Not just certain execution. We see it happen outside of the dojo.
Some people, of course prefer to think he's just hiding. This is complete Fanon though.
Idiot Ball: The first attack on the kung fu school, in retaliation for Chen's first attack. There's no reason for them to believe Chen - who just wiped the floor with the entire school - wouldn't be there. Only plot contrivance caused them to avoid fighting Chen and lots of back-up.
Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Virtually the entire kung fu school other than Chen. They react remarkably well to a pretty horrific series of events.
Yuan Le-erh, especially.
Improbable Hairstyle: The story is supposed to take place around the early 20th century, but most of the haircuts (or rather lack thereof) are clearly from the time period the film was shot, very evident on Petrov the Russian.
Katanas Are Better: Played with. Wielding katanas are the only time the two heads of the karate school are ever threatening to Chen.
Played with as the weapons aren't portrayed as inherently awesome, just...well...swords in a fist-fight.
Kick the Dog: The Japanese school gets a RIDICULOUS number of these. Here's a short count: crashing the funeral of Chen's master, poisoning Chen's master, trying to get Chen to bark like a dog to enter a park forbidden to Chinese, siccing the police on Chen, plotting to MURDER the entire Kung Fu school. The list goes on and on.
The Red Baron: Fist of Fury is the title Chen is given after he beats down the karate school.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Played with. It's obvious the karate school considers the Interpreter no better than any other Chinese person and abuses him during a party. The Interpreter gleefully laps it up.
Rival Dojos: More or less the premise of the movie. It's a fairly one-sided rivalry as well with the kung-fu school seemingly unaware of the seething hatred the karate school bears them at the start of the movie.
The first is a Crowning Moment Of Awesome where Chen heads to the karate school after they interrupt his master's funeral and proceeds to kick the entire school's ass by himself.
It gets worse when he discovers his master was actually murdered. He goes back to the karate school, grabs the first guy he finds, and immediately beats him to death while demanding information.
Satellite Love Interest: While Yuan Le-erh is well-acted, it's fairly obvious she's only there to add pathos to Chen's plight.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A Real Life Example. After this movie was filmed, Bruce Quit Lo Wei's production, because of the unnecessary violence and racism. To make it even more awesome he practically took Golden Harvest and the cast with him as seen in Way of the Dragon.