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After Chen Zhen's execution in Shanghai, the Japanese feared that his death would unite all Chinese kung fu schools against them. Fearing this, the Japanese gave orders to the head of the Hong Ku School, Miyamoto to surpass all Chinese schools including the Ching Wu School. Miyamoto sends the Japanese along with their interpreter to the Ching Wu School ordering the leader & students to leave the School. When they refuse, the Japanese beat up the students and destroys the school. Meanwhile, one Chinese learns about the destruction of the Ching Wu School when he goes to Shanghai to visit Chen Zhen's grave. This Chinese is the only one who has the guts to fight the Japanese, this Chinese is known as Chen Shan who is the brother of Chen Zhen and he vows to avenge his brother's death and end the terror of the Japanese once and for all. (Source: Chris Stoddard at IMDb) Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
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  • Country: Taiwan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Apr 5, 1979
  • Duration: 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 40 users)
  • Ranked: #80601
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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I'm trouble!

Chinese Connection 2 aka Fist of Fury II is a sequel to Bruce Lee's 1972 Fist of Fury. Not to be confused with Jackie Chan's New Fist of Fury that had some of the original cast in it. The only returning cast member in this film is Tien Feng.
It takes place right after---50 YEAR OLD SPOILER ALERT---Chen Zhen's execution in the original.

After Chen Zhen's death, the ruling Japanese fear the kung fu schools will band together and oppose the foreigners. Even though the Japanese leader was killed in the first one, power hates a vacuum and Lo Lieh's Miyamoto takes over and continues to terrorize the locals. Tien Feng had become the ad hoc leader of the Ching Wu school and Hsieh Han was the leader of the other big school in town. Neither had any luck with the Japanese, with the Ching Wu school being closed down. In comes Bruce Li/Ho Tsung Tao as Zhen's brother Shan. He's disgusted that the local schools haven't fought back and is determined to not only avenge his brother's death but restore the honor of Shanghai. Yeah, good luck with that fella. No matter how few or how many Japanese fighters showed up the kung fu heroes ended up with their butts handed to them. They must have all had their beginner belts because the Japanese dojo janitor could have beaten them.

Shan faces opposition not only from the Japanese overlords also including Miyamoto's right hand man played by Luk Chuen/Shikamura Yasuhiro but also the local Chinese kung fu students. Every time Shan puts a beat down on the Japanese thugs, the students end up paying the price and their numbers were dwindling because of it. They didn't care whether they handed him over to Miyamoto or ran him out of town. Ultimately, it was a kung fu movie after all, Shan and Miyamoto face off in the grand finale.

As far as a Bruceploitation movie goes, it wasn't bad and didn't lean too heavily on trying to duplicate him as some did. Bruce Li did bear an uncanny resemblance to him and was a decent fighter, but not near the level of the legendary Bruce Lee. And making him the brother helped to put some distance between the two. In the last fight they did have his face scratched like in Enter the Dragon. Lo Lieh also made a move with red hands like he did in his hit film King Boxer.

The fighters were pretty good, though there was way too much wire-fu and flipping around for my taste. Bruce Lee never had to rely on those gimmicks. The fights weren't too slow, some were better than others. There was a nunchuck scene that should have been omitted as it was clunky and seemed out of place. I really enjoyed the finally fight. The two actors were fully engaged and remembered to act as well as fight. The cast was strong, aside from the actors already mentioned there were many familiar supporting and bit players in it, many of whom were hired for their stunt and fighting abilities.

Overall, it was a well made kung fu film for the time, though it did tend to run in circles. It was actually a coherent sequel and respectful to the original. Again, I grade these 1970's niche movies on a curve, they had small budgets and a specific audience. Like other movies about Chen Zhen, such as Legend of the Fist, the lasting legacy of Bruce Lee and his movies live on. While there was an attempt to capitalize on his heightened popularity I'm sure, they were still able to come away with a kung fu movie that made a little sense, something we don't always see in this genre.


9/27/22




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  • Movie: Fist of Fury 2
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Release Date: Apr 5, 1979
  • Duration: 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 40 users)
  • Ranked: #80601
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 87

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