Reviewed by: mrblue
Just to clear up some confusion from the get-go, Chinese Connection 2 is actually the sequel to Fist of Fury, which was called Chinese Connection in the States. Since the producers obivously weren't going after the local audience with this (HKers never responded well to "Bruceploitation" pictures), the title -- like the movie as a whole -- was created to cash in on the growing wave of Bruce Lee's popularity in the US.
Reviewer Score: 3
The plot basically re-treads the first film. The Japanese, led by the insidious Miyamoto (Lo Lieh, who must have been hard up for beer money to be forced into taking a role in rubbish such as this) are trying to kill the spirit of the occupied Chinese by destroying their kung fu schools. Chen Shan (Bruce Li) heads to Shanghai to check out his brother's grave, sees what the "nasty Japs" are up to, and proceeds to kick their asses into submission.
I'm not a big fan of the first movie, and its' sequel does nothing to improve on it. In fact, as you might expect, given that the first entry's main draw (Bruce Lee, natch) isn't here, things become worse. Bruce Li is a decent actor and martial artist, but he's not given a chance to display either of those skills here.
The film-makers were obviously trying to make him into Bruce Lee v. 2, but it doesn't work. There's one scene where Li does his best Bruce Lee imitation of The Dragon's legendary nunchaku skills. Instead of exciting, it comes off as cheesy and hollow, and is a perfect example of why this should be left in the bargain bin and not put in your DVD player.
[review from www.hkfilm.net]
Reviewed by: steveonkeys
Summary: Not too bad.
This is a nice looking Bruceploitation flick which carries over much of the cast of the original. The plot is pretty much non-existent, but the movie benefits from constant fight scenes. The choreography is crisp and interesting thanks to Tommy Lee, and many of the set pieces are very nice looking, including a fight on a moving train, and one of the many final showdowns that Ho Chung Tao and Lo Lieh have had, this time inside a Chinese martial arts school. -S.M.
Reviewer Score: 6