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Enter The Dragon (1973)

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Enter The Dragon (1973)


Bruce Lee
John Saxon
Ahna Capri
Robert Wall

Directed by Robert Clouse

Enter the Dragon to me is a classic Kung Fu movie with all the fun attached, the comedy is well done and the screenplay is good enough for you to enjoy. The fight scenes though were not as good as the ones I saw in Bruce Lee’s other film Fist of fury (1972), which was released a year earlier.
Regardless though the movie is a classic, mostly because it starred Kung Fu master Bruce Lee and other than just a straight forward a bunch of guys meet up for a tournament movie, the movie had its side story which were well crafted into the movie that it will not side track you from what was happening on screen and there is a brief us of the Nunchaku, Bruce Lee favorite weapon of choice.

Then there were the other characters in the movie that made up for the fun in it, there was the macho tough guy Williams (Jim Kelly) and his comic friend Roper (John Saxon) who always seem to be in some financial issues.

Enter the Dragon was the first Chinese martial arts film to have been produced by a major Hollywood studio – Warner Bros. It is epic for its fight scene and its story and in the movie Jackie Chan who is now our modern day Bruce Lee played a henchman who got himself killed by Bruce Lee in this movie. The movie removes all the kills, as we get to see the men fall but we don’t get to see them killed.

The movie revolves around 3 martial artist Lee (Bruce Lee) is recruited by an agency to investigate the tournament hosted by Han. Han is believed to be dealing in opium. Roper and Williams are former army buddies. Roper is on the run from the Mafia due to his gambling debts, while Williams got away by beating up racist police officers and shows up at the tournament.

As far as acting goes, it was well done, Bruce kept his I cannot be stained look and everyone else lived up to the character that they were portraying, except the character played by Jim Kelly, I felt he was a little to fake in his macho look to convince anyone.

If I’m to make a list of my top Martial Art Films, this film will come fourth, below is my list.
3.       Fist of Fury (1972)
4.       Enter the Dragon (1973)
Regardless they are all classics and should be seen, even this movie. The side story which in a way has a lot to do with the tournament is one to enjoy.


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