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Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980)

A reporter interviews fighters and promoters about Bruce Lee, intercut with footage from old Bruce Lee films and pseudo-documentary footage.


Matthew Mallinson


Ron Harvey (screenplay), Ron Harvey (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Lee ... The Martial Arts Master (archive footage)
Fred Williamson ... Hammer, the ladies man
Ron Van Clief ... The Boxer
Adolph Caesar ... TV Anchorman
Aaron Banks Aaron Banks ... The Promoter
Bill Louie Bill Louie ... Kato #2
Teruyuki Higa Teruyuki Higa ... Karate Instructor
Gail Turner Gail Turner ... The Rape Victim
Richard Barathy Richard Barathy ... The Stone Smasher
Hollywood Browde Hollywood Browde ... Hammer's Girlfriend
Louis Neglia Louis Neglia ... The Middleweight Champion
Cydra Karlyn Cydra Karlyn ... The Boxer's Girlfriend
Annette Bronson Annette Bronson ... The Jogger
John Flood John Flood ... Cyclone
Ron Harvey Ron Harvey ... Jasper Milktoast


A reporter interviews fighters and promoters about Bruce Lee, intercut with footage from old Bruce Lee films and pseudo-documentary footage.

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The 3 Greatest Masters! Bruce Lee, Fred Williamson, Ron Van Clief


Documentary | Sport


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Hong Kong | USA



Release Date:

23 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dragon and the Cobra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Aquarius Promotions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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If only Bruce Lee hadn't died...
3 November 2004 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

... then movies like this would never have been made.

If you've ever seen a Bruce Li/Le/Lai/ or Dragon Lee movie, then you should know what Bruce-ploitation is all about. "Fist of Fear, Touch of Death" takes Bruce-ploitation several steps further, and to a new low. The basic plot of the movie is apparently centered around a martial arts bout to determine Bruce Lee's successor.

Most of the movie follows interviews with Bruce Lee, dubbed and spliced with Aaron Banks and Adolph Caesar. Fictional scenes of his family depict Bruce Lee as a martial arts-obsessed teenager ("Mother, I can kill a man with my bare hands - you don't understand me!", yet later calling someone else crazy...), randomly spliced with scenes from an old chopsocky movie supposedly depicting Bruce Lee's great-grandfather as "19th century China's greatest samurai" - can't have been too hard, I don't think there were many. These scenes take up most of the movie - I nearly forgot about the whole determining Bruce Lee's successor thing, and when they finished, I was so happy thinking that the movie was over, only to realize there were another twenty minutes. Damn. It seems as though the writers (if any) forgot what the basic plot was about and went off on same bizarre rant about Bruce Lee's heritage (the one they made up, not his real heritage).

This movie does not have cult-status in any way, nor does it give the cheesy-laughs you'd expect from a regular chopsocky movie. The only thing it manages to do is insult Bruce Lee and his legacy (even Fred Williamson says the same thing in this sad excuse for a movie). Avoid at all costs.


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