The Big Boss, also known as 唐山大兄, Tang Shan Da Xiong and Fists Of Fury is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts action film written and directed by Lo Wei, with assistance from Bruce Lee. It stars Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien and Tony Liu. Lee's first major film, it was written for James Tien. However, when the film's original director, Ng Kar-seung, was replaced by Lo, Lee was given the leading role instead. Lee's strong performance overshadowed Tien, already a star in Hong Kong, and made Bruce Lee famous across Asia.
(Synopsis): Chein (Lee) moves with his cousins to work at an ice factory after promising not to be involved with fighting. When members of his family begin disappearing after meeting with the management of the factory, he breaks his vow and takes on the Big Boss. In an emotive, rollercoaster storyline of friendship, betrayal, revenge, and deadly confrontation, Lee plays Cheng, a migrant worker who travels to Thailand in search of work, and breaks open a drug-trafficking ring with his fists of steel. In his quest for justice and revenge, Lee is an unstoppable force of nature, breaking down wave after wave of opponents with powerful hand combinations and lightning fast precision kicking.
Starring: Bruce Lee (Siu Lung), Maria Yi, James Tin Jun, Nora Miao, Lam Ching Ying, Lau Wing, Lee Kwan, Han Ying Chieh, Gam Saan, Ma La Lene
Director: Lo Wei, Assistant Director: Bruce Lee, Lee Tso Nam, Producer: Raymond Chow Man Wai, Action Director: Han Ying Chieh, Languages: English, Running Time: 95 minutes. Distributed by: Golden Harvest, Release date: 23 October 1971 (Hong Kong) 1973 (United States)