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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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Cast

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Tang Lung / Dragon
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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 ...
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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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The Colosseum . . the battleground of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris [Video Australia] See more »


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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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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

Tang Lung: Let him know. If I ever see him here again... HE WON'T LEAVE ALIVE!
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Connections

Referenced in Hindustani (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

As A Judgement
(Colt's Theme)
by Ennio Morricone
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Bruce Lee at his best
11 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bruce Lee demonstrates why without ever being a tournament champion that he was one of the best martial artists of all times. His speed and technique easily out class the other real martial artisits this film presents. His fight with Chuck Norris in this film is legendary. Watching Chuck in his prime is intense, high speed and accuracy. What scares me is that Bruce is faster. And even though he is lacking size, its obvious that the little dragons power is intense. Yes the scenes in these movies may be choreographed, but it's hard to make duplicate the skills shown by these fighters with trick photography and ballet lessons.

This is the first film Bruce took a major role in both on and off the set. He searched for quality martial artists for the fight scenes and was the one who reccomended Italy for this shoot.

The film revolves around a restaurant in Italy run by Lee's uncle and his (assumably ) cousins. Local gangsters try to close the restaurant down and get a piece of the action. To avoid complications with the law, they try and man handle the resteraunt owner and workers and Lee comes to the rescue.


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