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

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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

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

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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showdown | fight | italy | gangster | colosseum | See more »

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MAN, CAN WE USE HIM NOW! Bruce Lee is back in the fantastic all new adventures of the Super Hero from "Enter the Dragon..." ..his last performance is his best! See more »


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Release Date:

30 December 1972 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Dragon  »

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$130,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Bruce Lee dubbed almost all of the English speaking characters in this film including one line for the boss. That line is: "Take him out, but be careful with that gun in public". See more »

Goofs

In the second fight scene at the restaurant. There are 2 wooden staffs at the stairs. At first Bruce grabs the left one, the right one is standing on the right side of the cardboard. But when the man with black beard gets back with more guys it stands on the left side of the cardboard. See more »

Quotes

Chen Ching Hua: How do you like this place?
Tang Lung: Its a waste. All of this. In Hong Kong, I would build on it. Make money.
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Connections

Spoofed in Crane on a Rock (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

As A Judgement
(Colt's Theme)
by Ennio Morricone
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A true classic from the greatest martial artist of all time.
3 December 1999 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

This is the best Bruce Lee movie, period. The single reason is that this movie shows him off a lot more than the other ones.

In this film, the one and only Bruce Lee made his directing debut. Not only the movie showed the world why he is the greatest martial artist to ever live, it showed that he is way ahead of his time. This film showcased his astounding skills, agility, and charm much more so than the brilliant classic "Enter the Dragon", and this film will show how truly fast and nimble Bruce Lee is with his fists and feet (the people had to accelerate the frame rates of all his films in order to catch his movements properly). The fight scenes are unbelievable, and it is already widely regarded that the final Colloseum battle between Tang Long (Bruce Lee) and Colt (Chuck Norris) is the best fighting sequence ever filmed for a movie.

Do yourself a favor by watching the original Way of the Dragon with all it's original fighting noises intact. Those who are content on only watching the English-dubbed version are missing out on a lot!!!! Any true fans of Bruce Lee can attest the massive difference it makes in experiencing the real voices of Bruce Lee when he is fighting on-screen.


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