Bruce Lee in a scene from Fist of Fury (1972). African-Americans identified with the underdog themes of many Hong Kong kung fu movies. Photo: Hong Kong Film Archive
Bruce Lee in a scene from Fist of Fury (1972). African-Americans identified with the underdog themes of many Hong Kong kung fu movies. Photo: Hong Kong Film Archive

Why African-Americans identified with Bruce Lee and the underdog themes of Fist of Fury and many other Hong Kong martial arts films

  • African-Americans loved kung fu films because their themes often reflected their own social and political oppression; some watched them to learn kung fu moves
  • As well as appreciating the fighting style, their interest spawned ‘Blaxploitation’ crossover films that made stars of black martial arts actors like Jim Kelly

Topic |   Asian cinema: Hong Kong film
Bruce Lee in a scene from Fist of Fury (1972). African-Americans identified with the underdog themes of many Hong Kong kung fu movies. Photo: Hong Kong Film Archive
Bruce Lee in a scene from Fist of Fury (1972). African-Americans identified with the underdog themes of many Hong Kong kung fu movies. Photo: Hong Kong Film Archive
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