Bruce Me Ch.8 “The Promise”

In the movie “The Big Boss” Bruce Lee play a Guy by the name of Cheng.

Cheng is visiting family and upon his arrival he immediately gets a job at an ice house where his cousins worked.They had even spoken to the supervisor to secure Cheng a job.

There is some nefarious goings on in this particular ice house and no one (The Cousins) have no idea that these crimes will devastate their entire family.

Cheng gets the job and is informed that fighting will not be tolerated.He appears to be in luck, according to Uncle Lu Cheng (Bruce Lee) made a promise to his Mom never to fight again.

And yes I did say Bruce Lee…

Of course there will come a time when Cheng will be forced to or break his promise. I mean we are talking about Bruce Lee.

This seem to be a go to theme in the characters played be Bruce Lee.

Keeping a promise was also central in the movie “The Way Of The Dragon” aka “Return Of The Dragon” the name given for the American audience…

Tung lung was visiting relatives in Rome.

At least it seems that way. As a shy young man from the country there is some reluctance to fight,

Even Enter The Dragon and Fist Of Fury aka The Chinese Connection there is a defining moment when Lee’s characters are provoke or pushed to the edge.

The “Promise”

There is no back story with regards to the promise and why it was made or the circumstances that led to a need for a promise.

There is however a symbolic moment when Cheng notices he damaged promise amulet on the ground and makes a failed attempt to “ put it back together again”.

This part is very touching and has a great message.

The broken Amulet:

Though the amulet was broken,it doesn’t necessarily mean that the promise was broken.However because the amulet was broken during a fracas (fight) that is the effect of a broken promise.



a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc., by one: unkept political promises.

an express assurance on which expectation is to be based: promises that an enemy will not win.

something that has the effect of an express assurance; indication of what may be expected.

indication of future excellence or achievement: a writer who shows promise.

something that is promised.

—verb (used with object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.

to engage or undertake by promise (usually used with an infinitive or a clause as object): She promised to go tomorrow.

to make a promise of (some specified act, gift, etc.): to promise help.

to make a promise of something to (a specified person): Promise me that you will come.

to afford ground for expecting: The sky promised a storm.

to engage to join in marriage.

to assure (used in emphatic declarations): I won’t go there again, I promise you that!

—verb (used without object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.

The thing about a promise that gives them value,a promise doesn’t let you off the hook.

You keep it.

You don’t (broken promise)

Not an agreement:


the act of agreeing or of coming to a mutual arrangement.

the state of being in accord.

an arrangement that is accepted by all parties to a transaction.

a contract or other document delineating such an arrangement.

unanimity of opinion; harmony in feeling: agreement among the members of the faculty.

Grammar. correspondence in number, case, gender, person, or some other formal category between syntactically connected words, especially between one or more subordinate words and the word or words upon which they depend; selection by one word of the matching formal subclass, or category, in another word syntactically construed with the first.

collective agreement.


Well,there are no indications that an agreement was made except for the fact that Cheng “Agreed” with or excepted the amulet as a token of his promise to his Mom.

It may also be considered that if Cheng has broken his promise, he may in some way feel that he had lost or forfeited his mother’s love.

Broken promise:

The amulet has its purpose because it serves as a reminder of the promise made.

It has no real power.and if it were broken and at anytime. Cheng could have gone about his day to day life it would not suggest a “Promise Broken”

At the same time it doesn’t give Cheng free reign to seize any opportunity to fight.

There was that one inexplicable moment and he may have remembered his promise and (Began Again)

Putting it together/restoration:

Although we see young Cheng with the broken pieces in his hands we don’t know what he was thinking, we can however know that he gave up by the actions that followed.

Putting the pieces together may have given young Cheng a fresh start, a do over.

What I learned from Bruce Lee is

Don’t Make Promises.

Looks both way before you cross (be slow to anger and think of the consequences)

To keep a promise you must put yourself in the best possible position to succeed.

Amulets don’t keep promises.

R.I.P. Mr. Lee-

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