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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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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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$130,000 (estimated)
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Most of the crew did not have international passports or working visas which meant they could only work in Rome for a maximum of three weeks. Bruce Lee and the crew made sure they got all of their required footage within just two. See more »

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Although IMDB has Robert Wall's character listed as "Bob" on the "Way of the Dragon" page, on certain video versions of this movie, his character is listed in the closing credits as "Fred." However, in the movie when Colt introduces Wall's character to the head boss, he introduces him as "Rob." See more »

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'Uncle' Wang: [betraying] I have to do this! I have to... muahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa...
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Referenced in Bruce's Fists of Vengeance (1980) See more »

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As A Judgement
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by Ennio Morricone
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Bruce Lee at his best
1 July 2002 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

Movement #4...dragon seeks path.

That one scene sets the whole film for me.

I will definitely say I really love this film. No matter how many countless times I've seen it ever since I was a kid watching it on the Big Apple movie (old skool!!). This movie introduced me to kung fu and the legend Bruce Lee. His character is very interesting in this one, because he's a stranger in another land (Rome). The people he's supposed to help don't even trust him (hilarious scenes of awkwardness between Bruce and Miss Chen). Ha Goon plays a great comic relief (CHINESE BOXING!). Although the movie takes a dark turn, there are many moments of laughs. I will never forget that you can't order "chinese spare ribs". For the action, Bruce dominates as he takes on a whole gang of thugs using everything from fists and kicks to darts, a pole, and of course his awesome nunchuk scene (MOMMA MIA!!). I love the sound effects when Bruce hits his opponents and the WOOSH sound is great!! His training scenes show that Bruce Lee had 0% body fat and is good motivation for working out. The finale between he and Chuck is a classic kung fu moment. Great shots before the fight including the cat too!!

This is a great film. Another example of a great martial artist.


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