When Bruce Lee died in 1973, there was a huge search for Kung Fu actors to replace the void left by him. There were many films made trying to replicate Bruce Lee and many films even made with look a likes too! Most of these are terrible by today's standards and probably were on release too. The fact of the matter is you just cannot replace Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was and still is a one of a kind guy. One person most of all trying to recapture that spirit was director Lo Wei, whom directed Bruce Lee's first two films, The Big Boss and Fist Of Fury respectively.
Now we come to a new up coming Kung Fu actor who has had many small roles in films. This actor even appears in some Bruce Lee films as a stuntman. That actor was Jackie Chan. Jackie Chan plays a down on his luck thief and bumpkin who steals off other people for his own gain. He cannot fight for toffee and it shows in the early fight scenes he has. While all this is happening with Jackie the Japanese are trying to control all the Kung Fu schools and basically it's part of them trying to control China and it's people, so why not start at the biggest part of their culture the Kung Fu schools. Nora Miao the actress who starred in all of Bruce Lee's Hong Kong films reprises her role from the original Fist Of Fury and even has Bruce Lee's nunchuks on her person from the first film which Jackie's character ends up stealing but cannot use (even hitting himself in the face with them!). This character played by Ms Miao decides to train Jackie in the art of Kung Fu.
At this point the film starts paying homage/milking on Bruce Lee's name and movies by having Chan become like Lee's character in Fist Of Fury, the one man army who wants to stop the Japanese and get revenge on them for his people. Now at this point I'm sorry to say Jackie Chan is no Bruce Lee just like all the imitations at the time they could not replace Lee. The fight scenes in this film show that it was Lee who made his films what they were, not the director Lo Wei, as he wanted everyone one to believe!. There is rumours that Lo Wei was holding back Jackie on these early films judging by Jackie Chan's later films in the 70s that could well be true. This film is obviously just another attempt for Lo Wei to get back what he had with Lee. Only good thing to say about this film is it started Jackie Chan on the path to success, that been the success he would later have.
The fight scenes are poor and all over the shop, unlike later Chan films, but this been the start of his career and not having input that makes sense. Also the fact that historically this is just a cash in on Lee's name by Lo Wei. There is one scene that is so far fetched you just have to laugh even though it's the emotional anchor that Nora Miao and Jackie use to make sense of their revenge and stopping the Japanese, okay here goes.. Nora Miao's grandfather has a heart attack and dies.. but just stands there after!. Now I'm no expert but when you have a heart attack you are not just going to be stood there on the spot after, you would be on the floor dead not stood there!!.
This film is good to watch for one reason only, seeing Jackie get his start, without it we wouldn't of got the Jackie we got in the end.