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The Way of the Dragon (1972)
"Meng long guo jiang" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  14 August 1972 (USA)
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A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tang Lung / Dragon
Ping Ou Wei ...
Ho (as Paul Wei Ping-Ao)
Chung-Hsin Huang ...
'Uncle' Wang (as Wang Chung Hsin)
Ing-Sik Whang ...
Japanese Fighter
Di Chin ...
Ah Quen (as Ti Chin)
Tony Liu ...
Little Unicorn ...
Malisa Longo ...
Italian Beauty
Fu Ching Chen ...
Tommy (as Tommy Chen)
Wu Ngan ...
Lo-Ba Chen ...
Robert (as Robert Chen)
Jon T. Benn ...
Thugs' Boss


Tang Lung arrives in Rome to help his cousins in the restaurant business. They are being pressured to sell their property to the syndicate, who will stop at nothing to get what they want. When Tang arrives he poses a new threat to the syndicate, and they are unable to defeat him. The syndicate boss hires the best Japanese and European martial artists to fight Tang, but he easily finishes them off. The American martial artist Colt is hired and has a showdown with Tang in Rome's famous Colosseum. Written by Darryl Schneider <fish2@datanet.ab.ca>

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Release Date:

14 August 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Dragon  »

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$130,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The whole thing was shot without sound, with the actors looping their lines in post-production. See more »


In the opening credits it lists "Directed and Scriped" by Bruce Lee. It should read "Scripted", with a T. See more »


Ho: Tang Lung, soon you will be a dead man!
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Referenced in Kung Fu Hustle (2004) See more »


As A Judgement
(Colt's Theme)
by Ennio Morricone
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Bruce Lee rules!
11 March 2004 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews

Bruce Lee really rules. Before this I had seen only "enter the dragon". It is usually considered to bee his best film, so I didn´t really know what to expect from "way of the dragon". I liked it very much. Biggest problem I had with it was that I had to watch the english dubbed version. I prefer the original language! Lee really knew how to entertain the audience. He was funny, but not too funny. I particulary enjoyed the last fighting scene when "Colt" was defeated. For once the bad guy went down with honour! I recommend this to anyone who likes a good kung-fu movie. There might be better ones, but no complains. 8/10

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