The Big Boss: Platinum Edition


A shabby knock-off about smack-smuggling in rural Thailand, The Big Boss is almost entirely rescued by then-newcomer Bruce Lee’s gleaming charisma. For early ‘70s Hong Kong audiences mollified by a production line of chop-socky chewing-gum, he must have felt beamed in from another dimension. While all around flap and flounce like limbering drama students, his athleticism feels studied and surgical; crushing kicks, shuddering punches (“His forearms were like steel!” dribbles a Warners exec on one of the interviews).



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