The Big Boss is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts action film written and directed by Lo Wei, produced by Raymond Chow, and starring Bruce Lee in his first major film. It stars Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien and Tony Liu. Originally written for Tien, the leading role was given to Lee instead when the film’s original director, Ng Kar-seung, was replaced by Lo. The film was a critical success and excelled at the box office. Lee’s strong performance overshadowed Tien, already a star in Hong Kong, and made Bruce Lee famous in Asia and eventually the world.

The film went on to gross nearly US$50 million worldwide (equivalent to approximately $300 million adjusted for inflation), against a tight budget of $100,000, approximately 500 times its original investment. It was the highest-grossing Hong Kong film up until Lee’s next film, Fist of Fury (1972).

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Hi everyone! Welcome to BruceLeeRealFight channel. Here we are at another memorable filming location of Bruce Lee’s 1971, ‘The Big Boss’ aka ‘Fist of Fury’ in America. It’s the opening scene in the movie, where Bruce Lee and his uncle, step off the ferry boat and walk through the busy pier. This locale is still present in Thailand. It’s a pier along the famous Chao Phraya river in Phra Pradaeng District. This is where Bruce Lee once walked along almost five decades ago. Every Bruce Lee fan will recognize from its appearance in the very first scene of the 1971, ‘The Big Boss’.

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Just like the ice factory where the fight scene was filmed, this pier is still operates today, after 50 years. It’s still ferrying passengers across the Chao Phraya River to get to work or school and return home.

[Scenes from the ferry that still operates in 2020.]

[Scenes from “The Big Boss” (1971) film and the current footage of the same location in 2020.]

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Together with the cast and crew, Bruce Lee spent the last 12 days in August 1971, filming all these scenes in Bangkok. Other than this pier an old teak house in this area was used as the family home in the film.

[Scenes from the ferry that still operates in 2020.]

[Scenes from “The Big Boss” (1971) film and the current footage of the same location in 2020.]

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Just like in 1971, there are still a lot of local vendors, food stalls and trades people around the terminal. This location is almost exactly the same now as it was 50 years ago when Bruce Lee came here for filming.

[Scenes from “The Big Boss” (1971) film and the current footage of the same location in 2020.]

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Streets outside of the terminal still busy. But it is much busier these days.

[Scenes from the streets, outside of the terminal in 2020.]

Alright, everyone. That’s ‘The Big Boss’ pier scene filming location in 2020. It took us a lot of time to find all the filming locations and make videos for all Bruce Lee fans around the world.”

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