Parents' Guide to

Fist of Fury

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dated Bruce Lee classic has violence, weapons, racist slurs.

Movie R 1972 107 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Ok for kids

Sex 1/5 Violence 4/5 Language 3/5 Drugs alcohol and smoking 1/5

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

A classic of the martial arts genre, this 1972 iconic action movie has left its mark on cinema. Fist of Fury's theatrical fight scenes are still compelling, despite the fact that they are gloriously over-the-top by modern standards. Lee's sheer screen presence is also enough to elevate a story thinner than the paper its script was printed on, which drags when there are no set pieces to raise the energy levels.

Despite an ambitious attempt to inject history and politics into a martial arts story, the portrayal of the Japanese characters as irredeemable racists makes for plenty of clunking dialogue. This is not helped by the habit of dubbing 1970s Hong Kong movies using actors with mostly American accents (a subtitled version of the movie is also available). Still, if you can forgive these artifacts of international movie-making from a bygone era, Fist of Fury still packs enough of a punch to deliver a history lesson for fans of action adventures and carefully crafted combative set pieces.

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