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THE LAST FIST OF FURY (1977)
KOREAN 최후의 정무문
AKA Bruce Lee - O Dragão Bruce Lee El Dragon Indestructible
Bruce Lei - König der Todeskralle Choehu-ui Jeongmumun
Choihui Jeongmumun Dragon Bruce Lee
Dragon Lee Does Dallas Real Bruce Lee
The Last Martial Artist The Last of Jung-mu Martial Arts Hall
The Last Of The Ching Wu School: Righteous Martial Party Ultimate Lee

CAST HEADSHOTS UNIQUE TO FILM

Dragon Lee

Lee Ye Min

Choi Min Kyu

Choi Hyeong Keun



Han Myeong Hwan

Kim Ki Ju

Ma Do Shik

Han Tae Il



Kwak Mu Seong

Kim Wang Kuk

Kwon Il Su

Baek Hwang Ki



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UNMATCHED CAST
Yoo Heon


DIRECTOR

Kim Si Hyeon


SCRIPT WRITER
Lee Il Mok


PRODUCER
Park Jong Chan


CINEMATOGRAPHER
Shin Myeong Yui


EDITOR
Kim Hee Su


COMPOSER

Kim Hee Gap


ART DIRECTOR

Kim Yu Jun


GAFFER

Jeong Deok Kyu


PRODUCTION COMPANY
Tae Chang Enterprises Co., Ltd

Dae-dong is the newly appointed leader of the Jung-mu Martial Arts Hall. He is challenged by the Japanese and is killed. The Jung-mu Hall is almost at the point of ruin. The teachers of Jung-mu Hall go searching for the master Keum-san of Chosun, the great Taekwondo fighter. Keum-san was the Korean teacher of the deceased Dae-dong and a highly respected warrior. When Keum-san's disciple, Chung, hears the sad tidings of Dae-dong's death, his only friend, he goes to China with the Jung-mu masters to hold his funeral. During Dae-dong's funeral, Chung receives a challenge from the treacherous Japanese man, Kuromasa. Chung kills Kuromasa and returns to Chosun but he discovers his wife and master Keum-san murdered. Stunned, Chung destroys them all and leaves for somewhere desolately carrying his young child. NOTE:Original running time of lost Korean version is 110 minutes.


JOSEPH KUBY'S REVIEW: Subtle Bruceploitation!

There's lots of humour in this film (though unintentional by the looks of it) such as over the top feats like Dragon perfectly kicking this rock onto this target board and demolishing it later with another rock. Most of the humour (besides the comical-looking and stereotypical Japanese villains) comes from Dragon Lee as he is like Bruce Lee pumped up on steroids (something of which the real Bruce Lee was accused of, especially by Linda Lee's second husband Tom Bleeker who wrote a book on Bruce entitled Unsettled Matters: The Life & Death Of Bruce Lee).

I'll just go over some of the comic 'sketches' in this film…

1) An arm wrestle Dragon participates in which has lots of crazily contorted expressions between the two wrestlers.

2) Many of the fight scenes in which they are really done to the hilt and are really played to the gallery with lots of slow motion somersaults and Dragon overdoing the Bruce Lee expressions & fighting postures.

3) A fight in the woods during daytime with these Samurais in which Dragon flies/floats in the air (literally) to trample on his opponents. Earlier on we see Dragon and this Samurai holding onto opposite ends of a long black pole with the pole pressed against this tree so naturally, as you might imagine, they chase each other around the tree. This is played (and shot) very comically, especially as we see reaction shots courtesy of our two actors (which is shot very well actually but very funny, particularly when we see Dragon as he's overacting in Bruce Lee mode). The beginning of this fight has Dragon walking in the woods when he's ambushed by these Samurais who are hiding under leaves and even in some fake trees.

The soundtrack is strange as even though there's some nice beats to accomodate the music (such as this inventive scene where the lead Japanese villain shows off his katana skills in a rather unbelievable way), there's some strange/synthesizer modern 70s music which is even different and surreal than the contemporary music featured in films made in this era of which the film was made in. Music from Enter The Dragon creeps in but not as much as in Enter The Game Of Death. Also, just like Yuen Woo Ping's The Magnificent Butcher, music cues are taken from The Outlaw Josey Wales.

There's also a quick beep which can be heard during this fight scene where the old teacher of Dragon, dressed in this white suit, takes on the Samurais in their dojo.

Some of the voicework is inaudible during both the documentary and film, the sound is very muffled making you having to either turn the volume up or rewind the scene and move closer to the TV though this doesn't happen all the time.

Weirdly, there's an attempt at symbolism within this film. Prior to a fight scene or deadly scenario, we often see an enormous gathering (or mini tornado) of leaves blowing in the wind as if to say the storm is brewing or that Dragon Lee is an unstoppable force of nature.

There's probably only three actors in this film that could be considered the best in the overall production (others are either good, average or plain bad). The three most talented thespians in this film are the old master, the first main Japanese villain called Yashika (who has an amiable screen presence {most likely due to his charisma & charming menace} despite his despicable and utterly detestable role) and the second main Japanese villain called Mr. Gruber (his father is Japanese and his mother is German hence the name).

I don't know who plays the latter but he has a very subtle demeanour to him - very debonair, but whilst displaying a calm menace and holding a stern gaze (kind of like Alan Rickman). His performance climbs this movie from the cinematic trash bin.

On the topic of collaborations, there's an actor in this who's kind of like the Smithers to Yashika's Burns. The actor sports the typical Hitler-esque mustache and joins Mr Gruber for the final two on one showdown. His full name is Martin Chui Man Fooi (a.k.a. Choi Min Kyu). He must have been great friends with Dragon Lee (as was Yuen Qiu) because they appeared together in the following films: Enter The Invincible Hero, Kung Fu Fever, Dragon's Snake Fist, Martial Monks Of Shaolin Temple, Golden Dragon Silver Snake, Dragon Lee Vs. The 5 Brothers, The Dragon's Showdown, Rage Of The Dragon, The Magnificent and Dragon, The Young Master.

Though the cinematic quality of this film is highly dubious, the fight scenes, however, are quite in a league of their own (not exactly worthy of the maverick maestros - Sammo Hung, Lau Kar Leung or Yuen Woo Ping for that matter - but close enough).

Although there's a strange tendency that the fighters have to throw techniques towards the camera as if it was shot in 3-D (ala Magnificent Bodyguards - the Lo Wei-directed potboiler starring Jackie Chan).

Another tendency that took place was for the henchmen to keep on criss-crossing each other's paths as they went over to fight someone. The one thing that I liked about the action was this sparring sequence in Dragon's dojo where he and the opponent are using the animal styles of Kung Fu, this ain't an usual idea in itself but what was different was that prior to each style being used, the camera would cut to one of the scriptured illustrations on the walls of the dojo illustrating what particular style is beng used i.e. snake, crane, dragon, leopard, eagle and crab.

Some nice trampoline-work, wirework (very little wire use when compared to later offerings of the martial arts genre) and nice use of styles and weaponary.

There's one piece of weaponary that I've never seen before which is basically the martial arts equivalent of baseball gloves except made out of metal but with a sharp rim which is capable of being used as frisbees as well as for short-distance combat when the attacker chooses to wear them rather than throw them.

This allows for some truly innovative never-seen-before choreography and it would be nice to see how this weaponary would translate via the aforementioned choreographers' lens', especially in this day & age of New Wave martial arts action which is readily apparent throughout the work of Corey Yuen Kwai and Ching Siu Tung as they seem to embody this current aesthetic.

Another distinctive weapon, which is equally intriguing in its technical mechanical quality and visual splendour when used, is this black orb/bowl-shaped object which shoots out an extremely long spear-like metal (think a hi-tech/martial arts equivalent to a tape measure).

Along the way, throughout the course of the film, we're treated to some peculiar yet dazzling displays of unorthodox martial arts weaponary such as the soles of one's pair of shoes that are used as projectiles (think the aforementioned frisbees) and there's an extendable sword thrown in for good measure.

My favourite fight is one which is unique but cliche. It's unique in that it hasn't been done before, but it's cliche in that it bears all the familiar iconography of the genre thus if you were to show this clip to the average person (much less the martial arts movie fan) then they'd find it quite typical of martial arts movies as the perception of martial arts films amongst the mainstream as that it's all about ninjas with Samurai swords and some Chinese dude armed with a nunchaku (who has a bare torso and is wearing black trousers, white socks & black pumps) taking them all on single-handed without breaking a tear or sweat.
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RARE KUNG FU MOVIES' REVIEW
The most well known Korean martial arts film to be released in the West is shown in the second half of the famous documentary The Real Bruce Lee (1979), produced by Serafim Karalexis. This was the first documentary about Bruce Lee clones aimed at the Western audience, featuring one of the most famous Korean actors/Bruce Lee impersonators of our time, Dragon Lee, in his debut film The Last Fist of Fury (1977). The original name for this motion picture had never been known, and over the years I've heard people refer to it as "Real Bruce Lee", "Ultimate Lee", and even "Dragon Lee Does Dallas"! The Korean name translates as “The Last Of The Ching Wu School: Righteous Martial Party”, but the official English title can only be found on the Korean poster artwork. This pioneering film is a remake of Bruce Lee's Fist Of Fury, and marked the start of the typical late 70's style Korean actioner that would involve complex fight scenes. In this story, Dragon Lee plays Hsiao Lung, the head of the Ching Wu School, struggling against the invading Japanese school. Lung’s brother Hsiao Tong gets murdered on a beach by the Japanese, and to take revenge, Lung kills the Japanese leader Yoshika. The Japanese now hire a champion named Grooper to oppose the Ching Wu School. The most entertaining and unforgettable scene from Last Fist of Fury involves the humiliation of two messengers. Hsiao Lung sends a man to deliver a letter to Yoshika, whom unfairly takes out his anger on the poor messenger by using a sword to cut off his belt, stripping him waste down. The Japanese now sends one of their messengers to the Ching Wu School, whom says to Hsiao Lung “Mr. Yoshika wants to discuss with you a treaty between us. He told me to ask you for your conditions”. Ignoring the man, Hsiao Lung forces him to take off all his clothes, leaving just his underpants, in order to repay the earlier insult. The Chinese now parade this naked man in public on their way to visit the Japanese, carrying an empty coffin for friend Yoshika! On arrival, Yoshika is so stunned that he embarrassingly stares at the Ching Wu students, speechless. Hsiao Lung says “Yoshika, state your conditions and we’ll consider them”! Yoshika replies with “My conditions are very simple. I would just like to have one fight with you!” I’m sure most people would agree that this is a step up from the humiliation portrayed in Fist of Fury. Korean directors are not afraid to take psychological confrontations to the furthest extremes, so that it becomes as much a mental battle, as a physical one. Unfortunately, this film is known to be heavily censored over it's original Theatrical release in South Korea. Some of the deleted scenes may involve the relationship between Dragon Lee's character and his girlfriend, and at the end of the movie he's meant to rescue her and walk off, desolately carrying his young child, although this is purely speculation, based on the synopsis.
NOTES:
*The unmatched actor who stars in this film, Yoo Heon, is most likely a foreigner.
*Why do the 2 Hitler characters tie cloth around their arms, shoulders and back before a fight?
*Although Hsiao Lung's school practises all different animal styles, it seems the main one is Eagle's Claw, as the logo is on his Taekwondo gi and the school wall. When his brother fights Yoshika he goes to strike him on the ground, but misses him, and instead clutches some kind of joined up handkerchief from underneath the sand!?


CUT SCENES FROM US VERSION
The first is when "Brother Tom" is killed by Yashica and the gang (only mentioned briefly in TRBL)

Then there is a great flashback which shows the relationship between Dragon and "Tom" that includes a pretty cool fight scene in white gis that I think shows Dragon's Tae Kwon Do skills nicely. All of this was also missing from the US release.

Then there is another flashback where the two arm wrestle (!) for the love of Yu Ying. Of course Dragon wins with his bulging biceps!

There are also a few quick scenes that precede the flashbacks where they talk and a romantic moment between Dragon and Yu Ying and this is all in the first twenty minutes.


MORE QUOTES
"I don't want you down the mountain to fight Yoshika; do you understand what I'm saying? Yoshika is very formidable!"
"My Kung Fu can fix this Hsiao Lung...his tricks...nothing special...where is he now?"

VERSION(S)
Format Language(s) Subtitles Presentation Quality Time Screenshots

1 PAL English None Widescreen 1st Gen. 01:28 Download
German print used for English audio dub (Widest, but some fight scenes cut)

2 PAL English None Widescreen 1st Gen. 01:28 Download
UK release; longest version.

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