The Big Boss
Director: Lo Wei Run Time: 100 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1971 Language: Mandarin w/ English subtitles
Starring: Bruce Lee, Han Ying-Chieh, James Tien Chuen, Maria Yi, Marilyn Bautista
Enter a legend. Bruce Lee’s return to the Hong Kong film industry after a decade in America proved to be his big breakthrough, launching him to instant superstardom and setting a new standard for kung fu heroics. He commands the screen with his gravitas and explosive physicality in the role of a Chinese immigrant working at a Thai ice factory and sworn to an oath of nonviolence. When he discovers that the factory’s ruthless higher-ups are running a secret heroin ring and offing their own workers, his commitment to pacifism is put to the test. With his undeniable charisma and fluid, lightning-fast martial arts style, Lee is a revelation, streaking across the screen with a speed and power the likes of which had never been seen before.
Part of the Hong Kong Quarter in Film Geeks SD’s BACK IN ACTION Series