Bruce's Deadly Fingers
Bruce's Fingers / Bruce Lee - Die Pranke des Leoparden
Hong Kong 1976
Liu En-Ze for United Cine-Production Enterprises
directed by Joseph Kong
starring Bruce Le, Michael Chan Wai-Man, Lo Lieh, Nora Miao Ke-Hsiu, Rose, Yuan Man-Tzu, Nick Cheung Lik, Bolo Yeung (= Yang Sze), Tong Tin-Hei, Chiang Tao, Wang Sun-Liang, Chiu Chi-Ling, Wong Jing-Jing, Maybo Chiu Mei-Bo, Au Shu-Cham, Jonny Thy
written by Ho Ka Wai, Joseph Kong, music by Lawrence Chan, fight choreography by Wong Mei, Cheng Kei-Ying
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All international baddie Lee Hung (Lo Lieh) really wants is the Kung Fu
finger book by Bruce Lee because ... well, because he wants it. He is a
black belter already, and my guess is that's the only thing he can aspire
for when it comes to martial arts. He suspects the finger book to be with
Bruce Wong (Bruce Le), former student of the late Bruce Lee, so he leaves
nothing untried to get the book out of Bruce, including having his friends
attacked, kidnapping his sister (Yuan Man-Tzu) and girlfriend (Nora Miao
Ke-Hsiu) and the like, but nothing seems to lead anywhere - because you
see, Bruce has no idea where the finger book actually is (and at one point
believes it in Lee Hung's possession already even). But alarmed by Lee
Hung's actions, Bruce and friends eventually start to look for the finger
book to ... pretty much have it - and eventually they find it in an old
stone shack under a mattress, too. And now Bruce trains finger Kung Fu
like a crazyman and eventually tracks down Lee Hung to finger ... erm,
fight him to the death ...
In a way, Bruce's Deadly Fingers feels almost like
martial arts porn - oh, not that it's a dirty movie in any sense, but like
your middle-of-the-road porn flick's story is just a hanger to show you a
series of sex scenes, this one treats fight scenes the same way, only
poorly setting them up and often just throwing the characters into fights
with feeble explanations given later. Also the story makes little sense,
is silly, and tests the audience's suspension of disbelief - and being
martial arts-centric as it is, it's only a catalyst for even more fights.
all that said, that's exaclty what makes Bruce's Deadly Fingers
extremely charming in a nostalgic way: It's grindhouse chop socky at its
best, primal and silly, but fast-paced and action centered, with plenty of
things to laugh at but also secretly fall in love with.
For sure not a
film for everyone - but vintage genre fans with a predilection for the
trashy won't want to miss up on this one!