Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) Review

"Fist of Fear, Touch of Death" US Theatrical Poster

"Fist of Fear, Touch of Death" US Theatrical Poster

AKA: Dragon and the Cobra
Director: Mathew Mallinson
Writer: Ron Harvey
Producer: Terry Levene
Action Director: Bill Louie, Aaron Banks
Cast: Bruce Lee (clips only), Aaron Banks, Adolph Caesar, Teruyuki Higa, Bill Louie, Fred Williamson, Ron Van Clief
Running Time: 86 min.

By James H.

There are few movies out there that are as shallow as “Fist of Fear, Touch of Death”. I can’t even begin to explain how insulting this movie is to not just Bruce Lee fans, but anyone who has every slightly enjoyed a martial arts film.

Madison Square Garden is the setting for the 1979 Martial Arts Championship, where a bunch of worthless actors/poor martial artists try to win and become Bruce Lee’s successor. However a good part of the movie is dedicated to a mock biography of Bruce Lee as told by announcer Adolph Caesar. It is made up of scenes from other movies. These scenes are not little scenes, but ENTIRE SEQUENCES re-dubbed to fit the plot. During this sequence we learn the history of Bruce Lee’s grandfather, and these flashbacks are simply a summary of some other un-named 70s kung fu flick. Also, the Bruce Lee scenes are in black and white, while the grandfather flashbacks are in colour.

There is absolutely no technique or style used in the filming of this trash. For example, there is a three minute sequence of handheld stock footage of New York at the beginning. What is the purpose of this? It’s the most nauseating footage I have seen besides “The Blair Witch Project”.

Other scenes in this movie, ones with Aaron Banks, Fred Williamson and Bill Louie serve no purpose whatsoever than to further and promote their own careers. Especially the fight scene with Bill Louie dressed as Kato. Not to mention the scene with Fred Williamson in bed seems like a scene taken from a low budget porn movie.

In short, “Fist of Fear, Touch of Death” makes 1978’s “Game of Death” look like “Citizen Kane”. Were the producers trying to insult Bruce Lee fans?

James H’s Rating: 0/10

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One Response to Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) Review

  1. T. J. Gushiniere says:

    James H, no truer words have ever been spoken about this mockery of a film. -1/10!!!!!

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