Bruce Lee is a 32-year-old Chinese-American who has parlayed his skill in kung-fu into a profitable acting career in Hong Kong-produced features. His balletic grace, curled mouth, quivering nostrils, arched eyebrows and clenched fists make his demonstrations of this athletic sport highly entertaining.
Actioner tells of a young kung-fu student who sets out to avenge the murder of his boxing master. Apart from a few tepid romantic interludes, pic focuses on a series of battles in which the fist-wielding Lee defeats anywhere from one to two-dozen whimpering opponents in an Oriental paraphrase of Clint Eastwood’s Italoaters. Even Joseph Koo’s music recalls the Sergio Leone Westerns in its use of choral moans and thumping rhythms.
Lee has a good deal of aggressive boyish charm. However, pic is archaically simple-minded in its storyline and marginally professional in its production. Lo Wei’s direction is a juvenile match for his own screenplay.