Year: 1973Duration: 80Language: Mandarin, with English subtitles
*Post-show Q&A with Ring of Fury actor and karate master Peter Chong himself on Friday 10 Aug!*
A humble noodle-seller refuses to pay protection fees to a gang of thugs, resulting in tragedy befalling his family and loved one. To exact revenge, he learns martial arts to deal with the gang led by a mysterious man in an iron mask.
Inspired by the kungfu craze sparked by Bruce Lee in the 1970s, Ring of Fury is Singapore’s first and only martial arts film featuring local karate master, Peter Chong. The film was also an attempt in the early 70s to make a commercial genre film in Singapore. A relatively low budget film with amateur actors - a major component of the film is the unscripted and unchoreographed fight scenes.
Ring of Fury was banned for its portrayal of gangsterism and vigilantism at a time when Singapore was aggressively ‘cleaning up’ its national public image. The ban lasted for 32 years before the film made its long overdue debut in 2005 at the Singapore International Film Festival. The film was restored in 4K by the Asian Film Archive in 2017.
Source text: Asian Film Archives