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The Way of the Dragon (1972) More at IMDbPro »Meng long guo jiang (original title)

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Director:
Writer:
Bruce Lee (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 December 1972 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Colosseum . . the battleground of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris [Video Australia] See more »
Plot:
A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Redefined the genre, and still does See more (101 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Bruce Lee ... Tang Lung / Dragon
Nora Miao ... Chen Ching Hua

Chuck Norris ... Colt
Ping Ou Wei ... Ho (as Paul Wei Ping-Ao)
Chung-Hsin Huang ... 'Uncle' Wang (as Wang Chung Hsin)

Robert Wall ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Baker ... Thug (uncredited)
Riccardo Billi ... Bank Manager (uncredited)
Russell Cawthorne ... Man at Airport (uncredited)
Franz Colangeli ... Man at Airport (uncredited)
John Derbyshire ... Thug (uncredited)
Alexander Grand ... Thug (uncredited)
Jim James ... Thug (uncredited)
Ching-Ying Lam ... Thug (uncredited)
Giuseppe Marrocco ... Man at Airport (uncredited)
Andre Morgan ... Thug (uncredited)
Anders Nelsson ... Thug (uncredited)
Ho Pich ... Thugs' Chief (uncredited)
Biao Yuen ... Thug (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bruce Lee 
 
Writing credits
Bruce Lee (screenplay)

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... producer
Bruce Lee .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph Koo 
 
Cinematography by
Tadashi Nishimoto  (as Ho Lang Shang)
 
Film Editing by
Yao Chung Chang  (as Chang Yao Chung)
 
Art Direction by
Hsin Chien  (as Chen Hsin)
 
Makeup Department
Tse Ming Hsieh .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Chaplin Chang .... production manager
Chi-Chung Kwan .... production manager (as Kuan Chih Chung)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yao-Chang Chih .... assistant director (as Chih Yao Chang)
 
Art Department
Shun-Chang Huang .... props
Chan Chap Hung .... titles design
Wan-On Shing .... props
 
Sound Department
Shao Lung Chou .... sound recordist
Ping Wong .... dubbing (as Ping Wang)
 
Stunts
Robert Baker .... stunts
Ching-Ying Lam .... stunts
Bruce Lee .... martial arts director
Little Unicorn .... assistant martial arts director
Robert Wall .... stunts
Biao Yuen .... stunts
Wah Yuen .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hui-Yan Cheng .... gaffer
Hsi-Ming Liang .... assistant cinematographer (as Liang Hsi Min)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheng-Hsi Chu .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Simon Broderick .... colorist
 
Other crew
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung .... script supervisor (as Tung Jo Chang)
Little Unicorn .... production assistant (as Unicorn)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Meng long guo jiang" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Fury of the Dragon" - Europe (English title)
"Return of the Dragon" - USA (dubbed version)
"Revenge of the Dragon" - USA (cable TV title)
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Runtime:
100 min | USA:90 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating: 2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut: 1989) | Finland:(Banned) (1975) | France:U | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2011) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:(Banned) (video) (1988-1995) | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1982) | Norway:(Banned) (1975-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/16 (original rating) (censored) | Portugal:M/18 (re-rating) (re-release) | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:(Banned) (1975) | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Bruce Lee had Chuck Norris put on weight to appear larger and more formidable.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The position of Tang Lung and the restaurant workers when they are standing at the boss's office door.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Ah Quen:In this world of guns and knives, wherever Tang Lung may go to, he will always travel on his own.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What are the differences between the old British VHS and the Uncensored Version? How about the US Version?
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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Redefined the genre, and still does, 7 September 2002

Although this is technically not Lees greatest film, it is a personal favourite since Lee was in full control and everything is pure Lee. Many have wrongly stated this film is bad, having not seen the originals where you can really appreciate the composition of the showdowns (visual director with potential - see the rare 'rocking chair' shot in Game of Death). The script is bad in a few places, particularly the humour, but this film was never inteneded for the west, but designed to appeal to his country men.

Now, the film features the best array of fighting sequences ever commited to celluloid. Obviously influenced by Sergio Leones trilogy, tension is excellently built up before fight. The sequences are not overly choreographed or played in slow motion or 'lightly' then speeded up, but contain a raw, feral edge combined with breathless technique. The perfect marriage between art and realism.

The fights with Wong Ing Sik and Bob Wall while short, are underrated even by Lee fans. Those who have been lucky enough to see the double nunchaku sequence in full, will have witnessed one of the best display of weaponary ever shown on the silver screen (along with the 'original' and 'complete' nunchaku footage from Game of Death and the wonderfully comprehensive display of martial arts in the underground Enter the Dragon sequence).

And then theres THAT coliseum fight. Perhaps the start is abit overdone (But Lee wanted to put forward a point i.e. don't play to your oponents strength), but it is undoubtedly the best expression of the human body ever, whether fighting, dancing, running whatever. Those brought up on Latter day Chan stuff and in particular Jet Li fights, will not appreciate this piece, but those knowing anything about the fighting arts or good choreography will be shaken not just stirred.

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