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Bruce’s Deadly Fingers


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: C     Film: C



Can anyone really count how many films tried to capitalize on Bruce Lee’s death.  The one’s starring Bruce Li were the most successful, but there was also Bruce Le (yes, with one “e”) in Bruce’s Deadly Fingers (1980), which tries to sell us on a plot about the kidnapping of Lee’s girlfriend in pursuit of a book that contains all of lee’s personal notes.  If they find it, they can all become as powerful and skillful as the late master himself.


This is as far-fetched as these films get, but the fights are not bad and the in-betweens are as useless as they are in any other films of its kind.  This may not be the best Martial Arts in cinema history, but it is amusing if you are a fan.  There is footage of Lee recycled and/or dug up, but it only goes so far.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is not as clear as it could be, but the color quality makes up for that enough and it was still shot to be on a big screen.  Outdoor shots are nice and the full-frame is used from edge to edge.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 English Mono Dub is average and bad, as expected.  The only extra is a nice set of Chinese versions of trailers form some of Lee’s best films, with both Chinese and English subtitles.


The film has its violent moments, but it is not as bad as what we see today or the most graphic we have seen in films from this cycle.  It was 1980 and the cycle was in its death throes.  This film represents one of its last gasps as a new decade kicked in.  This is an interesting curio timely with Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films out.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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