The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong)
The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong) (1972)

Kung Fu-meister Bruce Lee made his feature film debut in this Hong Kong-made martial-arts actioner that chronicles the attempts of a young student to honor the vow made to his master that he will not use his deadly hands to harm others. The… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 1, 1972
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

The most grounded of Bruce Lee's films, right down to its somber, downbeat ending.

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Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

It's Bruce vs. a whole army of lowlife thugs after they mess with his cousins, and Mr. Lee pulls off some truly amazing butt-kickery here.

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Fernando F. Croce

Crudely ingenious

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Brian Mckay

Bad Kung Fu movies are like bad porn - still watchable with fast-forwarding.

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Cole Smithey

The first R-rated movie I ever saw. My dad took me to see it in June, and Bruce Lee died in the next month.

Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
This is my second favourite Bruce Lee's movies as his first starring role in this martial arts-action film and he was a very charming actor whose presence… More
Jani H
"Beat it or I'll kill you right now" A low-budget smash hit that made Bruce Lee the action legend we know. It may have been a hit in its… More
Lee ?
My personal favourite Bruce Lee movie. Violent and vicious and very entertaining with a memorable performance by the Kung-Fu legend himself who restrains from… More
xGary Xx
Why do we like Bruce Lee movies...? Is it for the sophisticated plotting and intelligent, well-dubbed dialogue? Is it for the complex and in-depth… More
Cassandra Maples
Throughout this film you see a constrained Bruce Lee. Lo Wei is deliberately holding him back in order to introduce him to audiences and to save the best of his… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Bruce Lee greatness.

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