Enter the Dragon (1973) Hong Kong
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Director:Robert Clouse
Studio:Warner Home Video
Producer:Bruce Lee, Andre Morgan, Fred Weintraub, Leonard Ho, Paul M. Heller, Raymond Chow
Writer:Michael Allin
Date Added:2007-03-06
Purchased On:2007-06-03
Awards:1 win
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, French, Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Robert Clouse  ...  (Director)
Michael Allin  ...  (Writer)
Bruce Lee  ...  Lee
John Saxon  ...  Roper
Kien Shih  ...  Han (as Shih Kien)
Ahna Capri  ...  Tania
Angela Mao  ...  Su Lin (as Angela Mao Ying)
Jim Kelly (II)  ...  
Robert Wall  ...  Oharra (as Bob Wall)
Bolo Yeung  ...  Bolo
Betty Chung  ...  Mei Ling
Geoffrey Weeks  ...  Braithwaite
Peter Archer  ...  Parsons
Lee Yan Ho  ...  Old Man
Marlene Clark  ...  Roper's Secretary
Allan Kent  ...  Golfer
William Keller  ...  Los Angeles Cop #1
Mickey Caruso  ...  
Pat E. Johnson  ...  
Darnell Garcia  ...  
Mike Bissell  ...  
Tony Liu  ...  
Jim Kelly  ...  Williams
Li Jen Ho  ...  Old Man (as Ho Lee Yan)
Comments: The first American produced martial arts spectacular!

Summary: The last film completed by Bruce Lee before his untimely death, Enter the Dragon was his entrée into Hollywood. The American-Hong Kong coproduction, shot in Asia by American director Robert Clouse, stars Lee as a British agent sent to infiltrate the criminal empire of bloodthirsty Asian crime lord Han (Shih Kien) through his annual international martial arts tournament. Lee spends his days taking on tournament combatants and nights breaking into the heavily guarded underground fortress, kicking the living tar out of anyone who stands in his way. The mix of kung fu fighting (choreographed by Lee himself) and James Bond intrigue (the plot has more than a passing resemblance to Dr. No) is pulpy by any standard, but the generous budget and talented cast of world-class martial artists puts this film in a category well above Lee's primitive Hong Kong productions. Unfortunately he's off the screen for large chunks of time as American maverick competitors (and champion martial artists) John Saxon and Jim Kelly take center stage, but once the fighting starts Lee takes over. The tournament setting provides an ample display of martial arts mastery of many styles and climaxes with a huge free-for-all, but the highlight is Lee's brutal one-on-one with the claw-fisted Han in the dynamic hall-of-mirrors battle. Lee narrows his eyes and tenses into a wiry force of sinew, speed, and ruthless determination. --Sean Axmaker