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Writer:
Bruce Lee (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 August 1972 (USA) 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:
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User Reviews:
A true classic from the greatest martial artist of all time. See more (100 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:
Michael Kaye ... Tang Lung / Dragon (voice)
John Kenny ... Quen (voice)
Homan Tapsell ... Gunman
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)

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:
In the Chinese language versions of the film (Cantonese and Mandarin), Korean actor Wong In-Sik actually spoke both English ("Who can do Karate better than the Japanese?") and Japanese ("Omae wa Tang Long ka?" meaning "Are you Tang Long?).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
As A JudgementSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old British VHS and the Uncensored Version? How about the US Version?
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36 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
A true classic from the greatest martial artist of all time., 3 December 1999
Author: Dark Eye from New York, United States

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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