Sunday, May 23, 2010
By Scott Tre
Even a relatively subdued or "realistic" fight scene can have a moment where logic is put on hold and the laws of physics go right out the window. Of course, realism has never been a prerequisite for a great fight scene, but you can only ask so much of an audience before they simply tune out. Some of these moments are so outlandish that they make you pause to consider the utter ridiculousness of what you just watched.
One such moment occurs during the climatic fight of The Big Boss (1971). After a few minutes of fierce hand to hand combat, Cheng Chao-an (Bruce Lee) and Hsiao Mi (Yin-Chieh Han) begin to circle each other. Hsiao is armed with a knife, which he suddenly throws at Chao-an. Chao-an then falls backward into a defensive position and...kicks the knife back at Hsiao! The knife stabs Hsiao in the gut, disabling him long enough for Chao-an to get up and drive his fingers into Hsiao's midsection.
This moment has to be seen to be believed. Of all the unintentionally funny moments in Bruce Lee's filmography, this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. It's even funnier when you consider what a workaholic and perfectionist Bruce was when it came to fight choreography. Now we see why he craved so much creative control over his projects. The finishing move of a martial arts fight should inspire awe, not uncontrollable fits of laughter.
So hit pause button on the music player and go right to the 7:35 mark on the Youtube clip at the bottom. Make sure your not drinking anything as I would hate for you to spit it out all over your keyboard and monitor. Don't say I didn't warn you...