Fist of Fury, also known as The Chinese Connection in the United States, is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed and written by Lo Wei. It stars Bruce Lee, being his second major film and Nora Miao. It was released on March 22, 1972.
Returning to Shanghai to marry his fiancée, Chen Zhen a student of renowned martial arts teacher Huo Yuanjia, discovers his teacher has died. During the funeral, members of a local Japanese dojo show up and insult the Chinese students. The bullying continues, with Chen fighting back, but when he discovers the truth that his teacher was poisoned on the orders of the dojo's master, he sets off on a doomed mission of revenge.
- Bruce Lee as Chen Zhen
- Nora Miao as Yuan Li'er (Yuan Le-erh) - The character name isn't mentioned in the film.
- Riki Hashimoto as Hiroshi Suzuki
- Robert Baker as Petrov
- Tien Feng as Fan Junxia (Fan Chun-hsia)
- Paul Wei as Wu En
- Feng Yi as Yoshida
- Lo Wei as Inspector Lo
- Wong Chung-shun as Tien
- Han Ying-chieh as Feng Guishi (Feng Kwai-sher)
- James Tien as Fan Jiaqi (Fan Chia-chi)
- Jackie Chan as a Jing Wu Student (Special Appearance)
Fist of Fury was accidentally released in the U.S. under the title The Chinese Connection. That title was a means of tapping the popularity of another film, The French Connection (starring Gene Hackman), released earlier in the U.S. for another Bruce Lee film, The Big Boss, which also involved drug smuggling. However, the U.S. titles for Fist of Fury and The Big Boss were accidentally switched, resulting in the former being released in the U.S. under the title The Chinese Connection until 2005, while the latter was released as Fists of Fury.
Recent television screenings and the current official DVD release (by 20th Century Fox, originally available in The Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection box set) in the U.S. have restored the original titles of all the films starring Bruce Lee. Fist of Fury is now officially known as Fist of Fury in the U.S.. The current DVD version also has a subtitle that says "A.K.A. The Chinese Connection" when the Fist of Fury title appears on screen, as the source material is the Fortune Star digital remasters.