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Fist of Unicorn (1973)

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Just rewatched this, the Dubbed Soulblade version. Quality is poor but at least it's widescreen. The film itself is a major feat in that you would think it would be pretty impossible to produce such a poor kung fu movie with such a talented cast, yet the filmmakers managed it. Still historically i suppose it's fairly important and i would like to see an improved quality version someday. I still love Kurata's line to Unicorn during their battle " for a boxer you make a great long distance sprinter" :laugh

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On 07/07/2017 at 2:25 AM, NoKUNGFUforYU said:

I remember reading somewhere that Lee spent a max of 2 days on the set, so, unless he filmed all the fights in those 2 days, his input was minimal. I doubt Lee directed any fights, probably just made a few suggestions.

None of the fights look any different to those seen in other low budget moves of the era. Which says that Lee probably just made suggestions or contributed to sections of some fights. If there was more of the behind the scenes footage, we could varify more of what Bruce Lee contributed in terms of the on-screen content. He may have given more ideas to the movies story/script?.

 

Betty Ting Pei & Bruce Lee style/cut Unicorn Chan's hair, for his role in Fist Of Unicorn(1972).

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19 hours ago, The Dragon said:

Very difficult to sit through this film... It's really bad, even by HK Film standards. :BL-Emotional:

That's how I feel about it too. :dull

 

5 hours ago, Killer Meteor said:

Doesn't Chin Ti's rap about sex nothing redeem it a bit?

 

48 minutes ago, saltysam said:

Just rewatched this, the Dubbed Soulblade version. Quality is poor but at least it's widescreen. The film itself is a major feat in that you would think it would be pretty impossible to produce such a poor kung fu movie with such a talented cast, yet the filmmakers managed it. Still historically i suppose it's fairly important and i would like to see an improved quality version someday. I still love Kurata's line to Unicorn during their battle " for a boxer you make a great long distance sprinter" :laugh

 Well @Killer Meteor and @saltysam, it's nice that you guys could find something to enjoy about it. :wink:

 

29 minutes ago, DragonClaws said:

None of the fights look any different to those seen in other low budget moves of the era. Which says that Lee probably just made suggestions or contributed to sections of some fights. If there was more of the behind the scenes footage, we could varify more of what Bruce Lee contributed in terms of the on-screen content. He may have given more ideas to the movies story/script?.

 

Betty Ting Pei & Bruce Lee style/cut Unicorn Chan's hair, for his role in Fist Of Unicorn(1972).

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@DragonClaws I suspect that Bruce was being supportive of a friend, but doubt that he was willing to give away any of his promising ideas for anyone's films other than his own.

I like the photo! :) Thanks for posting it.

 

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1 hour ago, KUNG FU BOB said:

@DragonClaws I suspect that Bruce was being supportive of a friend, but doubt that he was willing to give away any of his promising ideas for anyone's films other than his own.

I like the photo! :) Thanks for posting it.

Thats a good point and I would have felt the same, had I not read this great piece about Unicorn Chan. It mentions Lee giving the studio a script for the movie, how true this is? or where its sourced from I'm not sure?. That said, he clearly wasn't going to just give them one of his best scripts/projects. I should have included this link in my last post.

Link- http://www.network54.com/Forum/256969/message/1453620601/The+Legend+of+The+Unicorn

Maybe this thread should be moved to the Bruce Lee forum?.

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I think Lee may have been involved with the tussle between Unicorn and the chubby "Japanese" guy...which doesn't say much about his choreography skills, but then Bruce was never very good at making others look good.

The fight between Hapkido masters Ji Han-Jae and Wong In-Sik is phoney and full of obvious special effects gimmicks.

Yasuaki Kurata's fight is awesome but you know he could have Unicorn for breakfast.

Besides the great soundtrack, a lot of my enjoyment of this film comes from Ted Thomas's wacky dubbing!

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On 09/07/2017 at 1:38 PM, Killer Meteor said:

Bruce was never very good at making others look good.

I present you exhibit B:

 

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The newspaper article in the first post, was put together by a BL fan known as Phil (I dont know his last name). He runs the following Blog, which also takes a look at other Lee related Hong Kong locations. He was approached by John Little, to help him find many of the locations seen in the Tracking The Dragon documetnary. Click on the link below, for more on Fist Of Uincorn, and other Little Dragon related stuff.

Link- http://hongkongandmacaustuff.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/fist-of-unicorn-another-lost-bruce-lee.html

 

Lee on the set of Fist Of Unicorn, with childhood friend and the star Unicorn Chan.

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On 9/19/2014 at 1:20 PM, Karlos said:

May be a silly question, but do we know where this was filmed?

 

A bit late on answering this one, but Sia Kung was one of the locations used's. I've posted some articles, linked to the films location in this thread. If you are still interested in the subject.

 

 

On 9/19/2014 at 6:58 AM, mpm74 said:

7. Was any of the fake/spliced Bruce Lee footage placed in AFTER Bruce Lee died in later releases?

 

Did the original theatrical release contain more footage?, all the current versions look have removed all but a few seconds of the BL material. Did they settle the legal case by allowing them to show just a few short clip's?, to avoid any kind of infringement.

 

 

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Very rare set of 12 Original Press photographs for the movie “Fist of The Unicorn” (1973)

Superb Set of Original Black & white Photographs which came from the producer of the movie Shi Chou Chin

These are really designed to go with the Press book which is being sold seperately here.

Source- https://easternheroes.com/product/rare-set-12-original-press-photographs-movie-fist-unicorn-1973/

 

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I wonder how much Goldstone Film's made from buying and releasing Unicorn Fist in U.S cinema's?. Using the same misleading promotional poster's tactic, that angered Bruce Lee back in Hong Kong. To lull then un-educated audiences into buying a ticket to watch it. With some film's having legal issues with the Estate in the mid 70's, how did they get this one out?. Imagine the disappointment of expecting to see a Bruce Lee directed/choreographed movie, then getting Unicorn Fist instead.

 

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On 7/7/2017 at 2:25 AM, NoKUNGFUforYU said:

I remember reading somewhere that Lee spent a max of 2 days on the set, so, unless he filmed all the fights in those 2 days, his input was minimal.

 

On 9/19/2014 at 6:58 AM, mpm74 said:

Turns out, Lee spent ONE day on the set, giving input on script ideas and going over some fight scenes.

 

Different sources say different thing's, there's footage of him with the crew on both the interior and exterior shoots. Reading through Mattew Polly's book at the moment, and he states a single day was the most he time he spent with the production. Of the many picture available from the making of the film. Some show Lee with a goatee beard, while on other he appears clean shaven. Maybe suggesting he was there mutple day's?.

 

Did they film the interiors at Golden Harvest studio's?. There's shots of BL wearing the same outfit on the backlot at GH, probably taken the same day as the Fist of Unicorn set visit?.

 

 

On set with veteran Hong Kong actor Wei Ping-Ao. With the goetee.

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With actress Kitty Meng Chui far left.

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On set with Unciorn Chan, looking more clean shaven.

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Outside the Golden Harvest soundstages.

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@DragonClaws good observations.

If you look closely, the hair length has also changed. And one of the on-set photos doesn't show his necklace (below). 

In a way, it looks like the necklace was removed by way of Photoshop! Look closely. Or am I seeing things? (his head looks Photoshopped too!)

11 hours ago, DragonClaws said:

 

With actress Kitty Meng Chui far left.

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12 hours ago, DragonClaws said:

With actress Kitty Meng Chui far left.

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Are you sure that it's Kitty Meng Chui ?

This smile looks ùore like Tina Chin Fei's smile than Kitti Meng Chui's one.

See this picture of Tina below  (taken from hkmdb for Fist of unicorn, precisely ) :

 

 

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8 hours ago, mpm74 said:

 

If you look closely, the hair length has also changed. And one of the on-set photos doesn't show his necklace (below). 

In a way, it looks like the necklace was removed by way of Photoshop! Look closely. Or am I seeing things? (his head looks Photoshopped too!)

 

I think that image has been coloururized, which gives it the odd visual look. There are black and white versions online. Maybe the necklace was lost, when someone added colour to it?.

 

 

 

8 hours ago, mpm74 said:

@DragonClaws good observations.

 

Thankyou @mpm74, what do yu think about the possible Golden Harvest connection?.

 

 

 

7 hours ago, ShawAngela said:

Are you sure that it's Kitty Meng Chui ?

This smile looks ùore like Tina Chin Fei's smile than Kitti Meng Chui's one.

See this picture of Tina below  (taken from hkmdb for Fist of unicorn, precisely ) :

 

You are right @ShawAngela, thanks of the correction.

 

 

 

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Thankyou @mpm74, what do yu think about the possible Golden Harvest connection?.

 

Not sure WHY, but yes, that definitely looks like Golden Harvest studios.

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