New Fist Of Fury

  • 1976
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Action, Martial Arts

Despite the title and the presence of director Wo Lei, this action film set in Japanese-occupied Taiwan is in no way a sequel to the Bruce Lee hit FISTS OF FURY (1971). Forced to flee occupied Shanghai after the Ching Wu (words which mean "unity" and "resistance") martial arts school is destroyed by the Japanese and her teacher, Master Chen, is killed, Miss...read more

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Despite the title and the presence of director Wo Lei, this action film set in Japanese-occupied Taiwan is in no way a sequel to the Bruce Lee hit FISTS OF FURY (1971). Forced to flee occupied Shanghai after the Ching Wu (words which mean "unity" and "resistance") martial arts school is destroyed by the Japanese and her teacher, Master Chen, is killed, Miss Lee (Nora Miao) goes to Taiwan with two of her students. Miss Lee's grandfather, Su Onli, runs his own martial arts school, disguising it as a "fitness program" for the employees of his import-export business. Unbeknownst to Miss Lee, Master Su is also part of a Chinese resistance movement, along with his right-hand man Mr. Hong. There are three other martial arts school in town, and Japanese administrator Mr. Akumora, himself an accomplished martial artist, wants to incorporate them into his dojo, fearing that the schools encourage Chinese national pride. Mr. Akumora's star student is his own daughter, the lethal Jen Da So. The cowardly Lin Ching Kai kowtows to Mr. Akumora, but the heads of the other schools resist. Upon her arrival in Taiwan, Miss Lee is robbed of a box containing a precious pair of numchucks. The culprit is local neer-do-well Helong (Jackie Chan), who, with his associate Old Chin, makes his living as a petty thief. Master Lin tries to recruit Helong as a student, but Helong, who loathes the Japanese, declares disdain for martial arts and the quisling Master Lin in particular. Lin's students beat him half to death, and he's rescued by Miss Lee and Mr. Hong, who recover the numchucks. Though Helong continues to resist martial arts training, he eventually comes around after the Japanese provoke Master Su into a fatal heart attack at his 80th birthday party, and Miss Lee decides to reopen the Ching Wu school on the grounds of her grandfather's school. A conventional picture from the early part of Chan's career (his trademark mix of martial arts proficiency and pratfalls is not yet in evidence), this movie — which panders strongly to anti-Japanese sentiment and feelings of Chinese nationalism — comes to a surprising conclusion reminiscent of BRUCE CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.

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  • Released: 1976
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Despite the title and the presence of director Wo Lei, this action film set in Japanese-occupied Taiwan is in no way a sequel to the Bruce Lee hit FISTS OF FURY (1971). Forced to flee occupied Shanghai after the Ching Wu (words which mean "unity" and "resi… (more)

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