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The Way of the Dragon (1972)

Meng long guo jiang (original title)
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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Credited cast:
Tang Lung / Dragon
Ping Ou Wei ...
Ho (as Paul Wei Ping-Ao)
Chung-Hsin Huang ...
'Uncle' Wang (as Wang Chung Hsin)
Ing-Sik Whang ...
Di Chin ...
Ah Quen (as Ti Chin)
Tony Liu ...
Little Unicorn ...
Malisa Longo ...
Wu Ngan ...
Fu Ching Chen ...
Robert (as Robert Chen)
Jon T. Benn ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Kenny ...
Quen (voice)


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?


Bruce Lee had Chuck Norris put on weight to appear larger and more formidable. See more »


Tang Lung is looking at Colt from a long distance when in the Ancient Roman stadium. Colt is seen standing on one of the open rectangular stadium windows. The next scene when Colt is seen he is shown not to be surrounded by anything but the clouds and skies. See more »


Ho: [runs his hand down Tang's chest] Oh, what rippling muscles! We don't want to kill you.
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Referenced in The Real Bruce Lee (1973) See more »


As A Judgement
(Colt's Theme)
by Ennio Morricone
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Way Of The Dragon Review And General Feelings On Bruce's Death
23 July 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The Way Of The Dragon had the potential to be Bruce's best film in my opinion but was bogged down by the dubbing and acting. But it still stands solid as one great Bruce Lee film and boasts the greatest fight scene ever in my opinion. Bruce plays Tang Lung who travels to Rome to help his family battle local gangsters who are trying to take over their resturaunt. Bruce almost plays a Charlie Chaplin type role here which would later be more fitting to Jackie Chan's slapstick style. Much like the Big Boss the first Bruce fight scene is way into the film but in my opinion this good because it creates a good build up, the nunchuka scene is second only to the one in Fist Of Fury or the uncut Game Of Death. The fight scene in the Roman Colliseum deserves the credit it gets because of one simple reason, its a simple fight, there are no gimmicks, sure its set in the colliseum and the fight is supposed to reflect two roman gladiators but there are no weapons and no sweet talk. It truly has epic scale. The thing that also makes this fight scene work is the end when Tang Lung out of respect covers Colt with his Karate jacket. There may have been better fights since on screen and I havn't seen many Hong Kong films with Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen etc but this is the first great one on one fight, therefore it set the standard.

There will indeed never be another Bruce Lee. I find it fascinating to imagine what Bruce would have done if he had lived, the 80's and 90's would have been very different if Arnie, Stallone, Wiilis, Seagal and Van Damme had Bruce to compete with, Bruce is sometimes critcised for being a bad actor, but i disagree, if anyone has seen his episodes of `Longstreet' or `Marlowe' they will see that Bruce could convincingly carry a dramatic scene given the right script and no dubbing and he oozed charisma, and he showed glimpses of good acting in Enter The Dragon.

Being a Bruce fan i kind of wish that Jet Li would do the films that bruce did or was planning on doing, Jet's early work in Honk Kong like the Shaolin Temple or more recent stuff like Fist Of Legend(remake of Fist Of Fury) and Once Upon A Time In China was very promising and it seemed he was the successor to Bruce but instead now he's doing crap in Hollywood with DMX and Jason Statham. Strangely the mediocre Lethal Weapon 4 is Jet's best Hollywood film, Maybe Jet should do a project with John Woo, it would be interesting and they'd probably get the best out of each other.

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