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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:
Ping Ou Wei ...
Ho (as Paul Wei Ping-Ao)
Chung-Hsin Huang ...
'Uncle' Wang (as Wang Chung Hsin)
Ing-Sik Whang ...
Japanese Fighter
Ti Chin ...
Tony Liu ...
Little Unicorn ...
Italian Beauty
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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Box Office


$130,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,157,316, 6 August 1975
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ing-Sik Whang who played the Japanese Fighter, was really a Korean martial artist. See more »


Tang Lung picks up Colt's Black Belt and Gi Jacket. The belt is hanging loosely from the rear and then folded neatly from the front. See more »


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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As A Judgement
(Colt's Theme)
by Ennio Morricone
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Bruce Lee rules!
11 March 2004 | by 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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