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The Big Boss (1971) (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Bruce Lee (Actor) | Nora Miao (Actor) | James Tien (Actor) | Yi Yi (Actor)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

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Bruce Lee's big screen break came in director Lo Wei's The Big Boss, a wildly successful kung-fu film that made the legendary screen icon into a powerful box-office force! Chang Chow An (Bruce Lee) is a reluctant warrior who promises his mother to leave his violent days behind him. Chang goes to live with his uncle and gets a job at the local ice factory. But something is amiss at the factory. Chang's co-workers begin to mysteriously disappear, and Chang himself is distracted by the evil "Big Boss", who uses power, money and women to direct Chang's attentions elsewhere. But when Chang learns once and for all that the Big Boss is a bad man, it's time to let the dragon out of the bottle! It all comes down to knock-down kung-fu showdowns featuring Bruce Lee's trademark power and charismatic flair! Known to American audiences as Fists of Fury, The Big Boss is required viewing by anyone who considers themself a Bruce Lee fan.
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Product Title: The Big Boss (1971) (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 唐山大兄 (1971) (DVD) (修復版) (香港版) 唐山大兄 (1971) (DVD) (修复版) (香港版) 唐山大兄 (1971) (DVD) (修復版) (香港版) The Big Boss (1971) (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Fists of Fury Fists of Fury Fists of Fury Fists of Fury Fists of Fury
Artist Name(s): Bruce Lee (Actor) | Nora Miao (Actor) | James Tien (Actor) | Yi Yi (Actor) | Lam Ching Ying | Anthony Lau | Li Kun 李小龍 (Actor) | 苗可秀 (Actor) | 田俊 (Actor) | 衣依 (Actor) | 林正英 | 劉永 | 李昆 李小龙 (Actor) | 苗可秀 (Actor) | 田俊 (Actor) | 衣依 (Actor) | 林正英 | 刘永 | 李昆 李小龍(ブルース・リー) (Actor) | 苗可秀(ノラ・ミャオ) (Actor) | 田俊(ジェームス・ティエン) (Actor) | Yi Yi (Actor) | 林正英(ラム・チェンイン)  | 劉永(トニー・リュウ) | Li Kun 이소룡 (Actor) | 묘가수 (Actor) | James Tien (Actor) | Yi Yi (Actor) | Lam Ching Ying | Anthony Lau | Li Kun
Director: Lo Wei 羅維 罗维 羅維(ロー・ウェイ) Lo Wei
Producer: Raymond Chow 鄒文懷 邹文怀 鄒文懷(レイモンド・チョウ) Raymond Chow
Release Date: 2016-09-05
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 100 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1052878334

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Tung Wai Interview

Cheng Chao-on, a Chinese young man works in an ice factory in Bangkok. The factory owner, Has mi, is known as a prominent figure in the overseas Chinese society. But, in secret, he is an underground boss operating a huge chain of vice dens. One day several workers run into their boss’s secret deeds and are never seen again. Cheng sets out to investigate. Has’s evil deeds eventually come to light. Cheng finds drug parcels and even dead bodies of the missing workers stuffed inside the ice blocks. In a fit of anger, Cheng cracks down on the se-up, killing many racketeers. But his girlfriend is later found to have been abducted. And a deadly clash ensues of Has’s quiet villa.
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Customer Review of "The Big Boss (1971) (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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October 22, 2014

This customer review refers to The Big Boss (1971) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Better presentation of mediocre film Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
This Kam & Ronson edition of director Lo Wai's "The Big Boss" gives a chance to see the film in a version close to its original presentation. The Cantonese soundtrack (with good English subtitles) is much preferable to the bad dubs I'd previously seen. The image quality is vastly improved; the movie looks clear and sharp. Oddly, some of the soundtrack music is not original. Several times we hear a clip of music ripped off from Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album, which could not have been included in the movie's original soundtrack because the film came out two years before the Pink Floyd album was recorded!

Technical improvements aside, watching this movie remains mostly a tedious experience. Bruce Lee comes to Thailand in search of work. His uncle introduces him to James Tien, who works at an ice-making factory at which the uncle hopes Bruce may be employed. Unbeknownst to Bruce, James, and the uncle, the factory is a front for a drug-running operation. Bruce is an onlooker for a few early fight scenes because he swore to his mother that he wouldn't fight. Forty-five minutes into the movie, an ice factory thug breaks the jade necklace that Bruce had received from his mother and Bruce finally explodes in fury and beats a crew of cheap hoods.

Instead of firing Bruce, the factory manager appoints him to be the new factory foreman and tries to buy him off with a lavish meal, booze, and a lovely hooker's charms. Bruce's co-workers assume that he has sold them out. Bruce seeks to prove his merit by uncovering what has become of five of their crew who have vanished after meetings with ice factory owner Han Ying Chieh. Bruce first confronts four attack dogs, a fight which risibly consists of images of Bruce and the dogs flying through the air. After the dogs, Bruce takes down a band of the owner's cheap flunkies, then faces off against Han Ying Chieh in the film's most iconic moments.

Bruce's acting is unsubtle but passable. Lam Ching Ying appears as one of the ice factory workers. Nora Miao is given almost nothing to do. Maria Yi makes a nice impression as a kind of kid sister to the factory workers who is sweet on Bruce. The fight choreography is spotty, nowhere near as thrilling as the fights in "Fist of Fury". It is fair to say that the only real reason to watch "The Big Boss" is to see Bruce in action and, unfortunately, what the film mostly gives us is Bruce in inaction.
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