YMMV / The Big Boss

  • Complete Monster: Hsiao Mi, the titular Big Boss, is a brutal factory owner who uses his factory as a drug smuggling operation. When his workers uncover the drugs, Hsiao Mi has them murdered and later kills their cousins when they try to investigate what happened. Having a riot brutally suppressed, he corrupts the hero Cheng with alcohol and women before deciding Cheng can't be trusted, having Cheng's lover killed and then having his entire family slaughtered before trying to kill Cheng in a personal duel.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The titular Big Boss murders Cheng's entire family.
  • Narm: Lee's screaming in the ending fight scene might come off as this to some.
    • At one point, Cheng punches a guy through a wall, and the hole is in the perfect shape of the villain. Bruce fought hard against this but director Lo Wei overruled him.
  • Narm Charm: Almost everything in the entire movie is simultaneously silly and awesome.
  • Seinfeld Is Un Funny: A number of things that make it stand out, brutal violence, a hero that acts until halfway through, a flawed hero in a modern setting are a bit more common these days.
  • Tear Jerker: After they lost their trust in him, the rest of Cheng's family are killed off before Cheng can make amends with them.
  • What an Idiot!: The two workers who turn down membership in the Big Boss' drug cartel after discovering they're smuggling dope. They seem totally unaware of the consequences for doing so.