Sunday, October 5, 2014

BRUCE’S DEADLY FINGERS (Hong Kong- 1976) VCI DVD


D: Joseph Kong (Joseph Velasco).
Lo Lieh (of FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH/KING BOXER fame) visits a sultry, shady lady named Rose, in search of Bruce Lee’s secret finger kung fu manual in the hopes of mastering the deadly finger-fu style (whatever the hell that is?}.  When the highly coveted book gets into the wrong hands, Bruce Le arrives and goes into full-on, ass-whooping mode, giving Lieh‘s gang the figurative middle finger!  Bruceploitaton hall of famer Bruce Le (aka Huang Jian Long/Wong kin Lung)  is Bruce Wong flies in from the states only to find his mom dead with his sister missing and rumored to be a call girl!  Pissed off, Wong visits an actress friend played by Nora Miao (from Bruce Lee’s FIST OF FURY, WAY OF THE DRAGON) for help as he descends into the dark, depraved depths of Hong Kong's underbelly, searching the brothels for his enslaved sister while trying to resist the many temptations and maintain his own moral standing.  In one instance, Bruce persuades a hooker not to strip by offering her a grape!


Aside from the fun, quality kung fu action, you can expect a dizzying plethora of precision zoom-crazy camera work (that they don‘t teach in film school!), head-scratching dialog, nudity, gynecological torture by reptile, bell bottoms, platform shoes and other mutant mod 70’s fashions and hairstyles.  You get a glimpse into a real wing chun studio where Le is offered some of Bruce Lee‘s old practice weapons as well as a training montage, a mini tribute to Yip Man, wooden dummy destruction, a gang bang in a circle of fire, eyeball dislocation, confusing editing, beer can finger fu, double nunchakus and other weaponry.   At around the ninety-minute mark, this grindhouse gem culminates in a crazy, gimmicky finale.


Old school fans will be thoroughly entertained and more than awed by the supporting cast of old school friendly faces that includes Chan Wai-Man (CHINESE GODFATHER, GALLANTS), Bolo Yeung (ENTER THE DRAGON), Ching-Ying Lam (MR. VAMPIRE) and so many others.  Overall, BRUCE’S DEADLY FINGERS offers up a delightful dish of solid fight choreography and schizo music scoring that runs the gamut from groovy prog rock to John Barry and jazz!  The film’s aspect ratio is closer to 2.35 than the 1.85 stated on the packaging.  Quality is mildly soft and fuzzy but colors are vibrant with deep blacks.  A  slight step up from the usual VCI sea of murkiness, at least the mono audio is crisp.  Extras Include window-boxed Chinese trailers for ENTER THE DRAGON, WAY OF THE DRAGON. THE BIG BOSS ( reissue trailer) and GAME OF DEATH; oddly omitting FIST OF FURY.  From the director of THE CLONES OF BRUCE LEE.

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