Return of the Dragon

Overview

Bruce Lee's pre-Enter the Dragon outing is a surprising change of pace from his usual hard-hitting action fare because it favors humor as much as it does kung-fu. It's also notable because it represents Lee's only venture as a director. For the most part, Return of the Dragon works thanks to its charismatic star. Lee shows great comic timing in the humorous set pieces in addition to the usual physical prowess he displays during the action scenes. He also manages to utilize both skills at once on occasion, the ...
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Overview

Bruce Lee's pre-Enter the Dragon outing is a surprising change of pace from his usual hard-hitting action fare because it favors humor as much as it does kung-fu. It's also notable because it represents Lee's only venture as a director. For the most part, Return of the Dragon works thanks to its charismatic star. Lee shows great comic timing in the humorous set pieces in addition to the usual physical prowess he displays during the action scenes. He also manages to utilize both skills at once on occasion, the best example being a scene where he squares off with a group of mobster goons at a restaurant. It also benefits from its picturesque Italian setting a novel location for a kung-fu film and an impressive fight finale between Lee and Chuck Norris making his film debut. On the down side, the film's low-budget shows and the other performers all pretty much pale in comparison to Lee. However, the real flaw with Return of the Dragon lies in its ending, which features a last-minute twist that doesn't work because it is too unexpectedly tragic for a film that had previously been so lighthearted. Despite this misstep, it remains a likeable blend of kung-fu and comedy that is likely to bring a smile to the face of Bruce Lee fans. ~ Donald Guarisco
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • UPC: 086162612336
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Lee Tang Lung
Nora Miao Chen Ching Hua
Chuck Norris Colt
Malisa Longo
Robert Wall Fred
Tony Liu Tony
Sho Kosugi Japanese Fighter
Ch'eng Pin Chih
Chu'eng Li
Huang Jen Chih
Liu Yun
Mali Sha
Huang Chung Hsun Uncle Wang
Chin Ti Ah K'ung
Jon T. Benn Boss
Technical Credits
Bruce Lee Director, Screenwriter
Chan Yao Chang Editor
Chang Yao Chang Editor
Raymond Chow Producer
Chu Sheng Hsi Costumes/Costume Designer
Ch'ieng Hsin Art Director
KuChia Hui Score Composer
Ho Lang Shang Cinematographer
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