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Fist of Fury (1972)

NOTE: Only available on the R2 Hong Kong Legends release from the UK.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Bey Logan Rating:8.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on April 1st, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
As the usual thing with Mr. Logan, this is a great track. At more than one point, though, I realized there was something strange. There was actually dead air. Mr. Logan stopped talking! Anyway, they don’t add up to much. For the rest of the track, he talks about the usual stuff – who the actors are and what other movies they’ve done, those actors’ biographies, where they shot, and so on. He talks about Lo Wei and his history with both Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. By the way, one thing that made Lo Wei famous is that he’s the first director whose movie grossed a million bucks at the local box office. Mr. Logan doesn’t mention what movie, but it would still be interesting to know. He also points out which sequences where shot by director Lo Wei, which by the credited action director Han Yin-Chih and which by Bruce Lee. Mr. Logan points out a very young Jackie Chan (twice!) and a young Lam Ching-Ying also. He also talks about Mr. Lee’s acting ability. Another thing he talks about Bruce Lee becoming like a madman (as Christophe Gans mentions in the French ‘Fist of Legend’ DVD). Something else that’s interesting is that the ending, Mr. Logan says, is based on the laws of the regions where, if you did a crime, you had to get arrested. Mr. Gans, however, explains the ending in terms of symbolism. Interesting. If you like Mr. Logan’s commentaries, this one shouldn’t disappoint you. Another very nice track.
Reviewed by grimjack on July 16th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
I am actually reviewing Bey Logan's second commentary for this film, that he re-recorded a decade later for a hi-res release. He mentions the earlier commentary a few times, and corrects one joke he made at the end, where he said a background actor was actually Steve Martin visiting the set one day.

But overall, this commentary was a bit of a disappointment after hearing his commentary for The Prodigal Son. He is just as hyper and excited on this track, but half of his dialog seems to be pointing out the various actors and listing their other roles and career highlights.

But it is still well worth listening too, as even the few stories about Bruce Lee, and those who knew Bruce and told stories about him, add to the fascination of what made this film an especially big deal.
Reviewed by grimjack on July 18th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
Now I am reviewing his original commentary, as I found the entire thing on youtube. As I suspected, I did like it a little better. There is some overlap, but mostly only the very best parts. It seems to be a little more 'fun' if that is a good word to use, in that you can feel some of his general amusement at some parts that has not aged well. Or that audiences were used to certain things in Hong Kong cinema found here, but not in Bruce's other films.