In a too-brief career as an actor and performer, Bruce Lee appeared in only four complete films before his untimely death in 1973 at the age of 32, The Big Boss (released in the U.S. as Fists of Fury), Fist of Fury (released in the U.S. as The Chinese Connection), Way of the Dragon (released here as Return of the Dragon), and Enter the Dragon, his first (and last) English-language film. A fifth film, Game of Death, begun before Enter the Dragon, was released after Lee's death with doubles and stand-ins. In only his second film, Fist of Fury, Lee confirmed what his fans already knew: that the rare combination of innate charisma and martial arts talents and skills made him a movie star.

Fist of Fury centers on Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee), a martial arts student at the Jing Mo School in Shanghai in the early part of the last century. Chen hurries back from a trip when he learns that the school's instructor and mentor, Huo Yuanjia, died under mysterious circumstances. Inconsolable, the angry, grief-stricken Chen suspects the Japanese, specifically the Hongkou Dojo, of poisoning Huo Yuanjia (a real-life martial artist who died at the relatively young age of 42). While the Jing Mo School's eldest student, Fan Chia-Chi (Tien Feng), suggests restraint and caution, Chen can't keep his temper in check, returning a message sent to the Jing Mo School back to the dojo, leaving several Japanese students and the head instructor, Yoshida (Feng Yi), injured.
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