Enter the Dragon
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Enter the Dragon

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Director: Robert Clouse

Cast: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly

     
 

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One of the most popular kung fu films ever, and perhaps the peak of the famed Bruce Lee's career, Enter the Dragon achieved success by presenting a series of superbly staged fighting sequences with a minimum of distractions. The story finds Lee as a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister'sSee more details below

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One of the most popular kung fu films ever, and perhaps the peak of the famed Bruce Lee's career, Enter the Dragon achieved success by presenting a series of superbly staged fighting sequences with a minimum of distractions. The story finds Lee as a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister's death. This evil villain operates from a fortified island manned by a team of crack martial artists, who also host a kung fu competition. Lee uses his skills to enter the contest and then tries to chop, kick, and otherwise fight his way into the dealer's headquarter. The story is, of course, merely an excuse for showdown after showdown, featuring masterly fighting by Lee in a wide variety of martial arts styles. Essential viewing for martial arts fans, the film was also embraced by a larger audience, thanks to a fast pace and higher-than-usual production values.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Billed as the first martial arts film produced by a Hollywood studio, Enter the Dragon was a star vehicle for the legendary Bruce Lee. Tragically, Lee died under mysterious circumstances a month before its release, ending any hopes that this tour de force would catapult his popularity to another level. The story is straightforward: Lee (his character referred to only as Mr. Lee) travels to a martial arts tournament on the private island of a reclusive Bond film-esque crime mastermind, Mr. Han (Kien Shih). He has two goals: to shut down Mr. Han's opium operation and to avenge the murder of his sister. Cast with a number of martial arts experts, including karate champion Jim Kelly (who along with actor John Saxon flank the Asian hero with a black and a white costar), the gadget-free Enter the Dragon now seems an exercise in action-film classicism. Lee's fighting form is clean and pure, and he uses violence only as a last resort. A funky Lalo Schifrin score (with occasional Asian inflections) and Kelly's huge Afro set the film unmistakably in the early '70s, but the famous sequence that pits Lee against Han in a room of mirrors is timeless, inspired cinema.
All Movie Guide
Martial arts phenomenon Bruce Lee never made a perfect movie, but his first (and last) English-speaking star vehicle comes closest to capturing his electricity and charisma. A US-Hong Kong co-production intended to introduce Lee to an international audience, Enter the Dragon has Lee sharing screen time with two co-stars, veteran John Saxon and American karate champion Jim Kelly, but Lee dominates the movie as assuredly as he does the multitudes of bad guys thrown his way. The formulaic story, a crude James Bond riff with a hint of blaxploitation outrageousness, is wearying in the early going, but it hardly matters as the dynamite fighting sequences begin to dominate near the halfway point. Though it lacks the insane kineticism of the subsequent Hong Kong martial arts renaissance of the 1980s and 1990s, the movie is nicely photographed, and Robert Clouse's direction keeps the attention focused on Lee's remarkable presence. The hall-of-mirrors finale, in which Clouse and Lee gleefully update Orson Welles' classic sequence from The Lady From Shanghai, has to be seen to be believed. Lee even shows a bit of acting ability in some of the quieter moments, but his tragic death at age 33, about a month before Enter the Dragon's US premiere, would put an end to his film career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2007
UPC:
0085391132653
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

4 documentaries:; Blood and Steel - The Making of Enter the Dragon; Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey; Bruce Lee: The Curse of the Dragon; Bruce Lee: In His Own Words; Vintage featurette - Location: Hong Kong with Enter the Dragon; Interview gallery featuring Linda Lee Cadwell; Backyard Workout with Bruce - vintage home videos; Theatrical trailers & tv spots

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Lee Lee
John Saxon Roper
Jim Kelly Williams
Shih Kien Han
Bob Wall Oharra
Angela Mao Ying Su-Lin
Ahna Capri Tania
Mykelti Williamson Actor
Yang Tse Actor
Marlene Clark Secretary
Allan Kent Golfer
Darnell Garcia Hood
Chuck Norris Messenger
Jackie Chan Actor
Pat E. Johnson Hood
Betty Chung Mei Ling
Geoffrey Weeks Braithwaite
Yang Sze Bolo
Peter Archer Parsons
Tony Liu Actor
Sammo Hung Fighter

Technical Credits
Robert Clouse Director
Michael Allin Screenwriter
Raymond Chow Associate Producer
Paul Heller Producer
Kurt Hirshler Editor
Gil Hubbs Cinematographer
Ann Lambert Costumes/Costume Designer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
James Wong Sun Art Director
George Watters Editor
Fred Weintraub Producer

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