Enter the Dragon

Enter the Dragon

(1973)

One of the most famed kung fu films ever, Bruce Lee's 1973 Enter the Dragon is a series of superbly staged fighting sequences with a minimum of distractions.... More

The film stars Lee as a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister's death. His nemesis operates from a fortified island manned by a team of martial artists, who also host a kung fu competition. Lee uses his skills to enter the contest and fight his way into the dealer's headquarter.

This was Bruce Lee's final film appearance before his death on July 20, 1973.Hide

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Billed at the time as the "First American-produced martial arts spectacular," this is the film that made Bruce Lee a cultural icon. Not only is it the most famous entry into its genre, it is also arguably the best and deserving of its unofficial tag as the Citizen Kane of kung fu films.

Lee is a great hero here and not only because of his jaw-dropping speed and grace in the fight scenes. He adheres to the philosophy of "the art of fighting without fighting," which makes him seem noble and valiant even when he has to resort to kicking ass, which fortunately is often. At all times he comes across as charismatic and can match the intensity of the story with his performance.

Said story does a great job of building the importance of each fight, peaking with the final showdown in the famous hall of mirrors scene. That setting isn’t the only one to impress, with oriental architecture adding a sense of the exotic while spots such as the dungeon are suitably grimy and foreboding. The cherry on top is the New Zealand character (!) who Lee humiliates in style.

For the uninitiated, this film has been the gateway drug for legions of hardcore kung fu fans. For those who already fall into that group, here’s your chance to see it as it was meant to be seen – larger than life on the big screen.


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This is a classic Bruce Lee film. He had his own style of fighting smooth and deadly. I wouldn't look for any fault cos it had awesome talent in there Jim Kelly was a black panther, and John Saxon was as he looks smooth as silk.Kung Fu in the 70's was in,and Bruce Lee was hot!!


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  • The opening drums in Lalo Schifrin's musical score can give you chills. Full Review

  • On an adventure level, the performances are quite good. The one by Mr. Lee, not only the picture's supermaster killer but a fine actor as well, is downright fascinating. Full Review

  • Rising popularity of the Chinese martial arts as screen entertainment climaxes in fine crescendo in this violence-drenched actioner starring the late Bruce Lee and John Saxon. Film carries all the explosive trappings that make for a hit in its intended market and is glossed with a melodramatic narrative to take full advantage of its theme. Full Review