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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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User Reviews:
Adorable mixture of silly slapstick and ritual violence. 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)
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 »
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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

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Trivia:
Was billed "Return of the Dragon" during its western release in order to cash in on the success of "Enter the Dragon" as its "sequel".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the beginning of the movie, Bruce Lee is eating several different types of soups and several times he takes a spoonful of an orange colored soup and as he puts it into his mouth some dribbles on his chin. The soup he dribbles on his chin is white.See more »
Quotes:
Ho:Please, we are friends! Tang Lung is our enemy. Please wait for our boss to come back to decide which one of you will take care of that chinaman. Okay?
[the Japanese fighter spits, which enrages Bob Fred. They start fighting again]
Ho:Ahhhh! Ohh, oh, no, don't, stop it! Oh, ohh, stop it! Stop it!
Boss:STOP IT!
[the fighting stops. Bob Fred spots Colt with the Mob boss and walks over]
Fred:Sensei!
[bows]
Colt:[smirks] Bob's my student.
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Soundtrack:
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What are the differences between the old British VHS and the Uncensored Version? How about the US Version?
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Adorable mixture of silly slapstick and ritual violence., 23 August 1999
Author: Darragh O' Donoghue (hitch1899_@hotmail.com) from Dublin, Ireland

If, like me, you have only seen Bruce Lee in the wonderful, but portentous, ENTER THE DRAGON, than you might be surprised by this quite potty earlier film. In ENTER THE DRAGON, Lee was amused, but sombre; a fighting machine, pivotal piece in a deadly serious mythological puzzle, his strength never in doubt.

The first third of this film couldn't be more different. Played as (very funny) comedy, Lee is passive (we first see him waiting for someone), a figure of fun, a fish out of water, exagerratedly polite, bewildered by alien custom and language, as well as his own bowels. A number of scuffles take part early on in which he takes no part, and which make us doubt his prowess.

Lee directed this film, and his visual conception is much more inventive that Robert Clouse's (ENTER). Although it lacks the insane invention of A TOUCH OF ZEN, or the dizzy verve of Tsui Hark's films, Lee is not content with simple ego gratification. His two directorial mentors seem to be Melville and Leone. The former (hugely influenced by Oriental martial discipline himself) gave him a hero who is narcissistic (check the opening shot), whole; whose physical prowess is ironically the result of mental superiority, an almost Zen laid-backness; concealing the coiled, taut, muscle-burst of Lee's beautiful body.

Kung Fu is primarily an art of self-defense, and this film returns to these roots: its conception of protecting the oppressed rings throughout the film (in the seemingly gratuitous picture-postcard scenes, Lee makes the connection between European colonial splendour, and the poverty and repression of Hong Kong). Chuck Norris's character has betrayed Kung Fu by siding with the oppressor - his art is bestial and clumsy, lacking the spare geometric elegance of Lee's.

But Kung fu's self-defense is also a defence of one's 'self' (this is where Melville comes in) - it protects one from any threat to one's powerful wholeness, especially women (and men. There is a slight whiff of homophobia, mitigated by the outrageous campness of the film (all that red! The whole idea of SHANE recast in a restaurant!). This is ironic, since it is the proof of Lee's martial art power that makes the initially sceptical heroine (very stylish and lovely) fall for his charms (and who can blame her?).

Lee's second master is Sergio Leone, from whom he has learnt an irreverent approach to genre, with jokey zooms, close-ups and cuts; mocking, yet mournful and melancholic Morricone-esque music; a ritual stand-off between mythical archetypes (an awesome set-piece in the Colosseum), with the film's heart belonging to the slightly silly, but loveable, subsidiary characters.

The use of these iconoclastic directors adds a reflective and critical dimension to a genre previously (in its most populist form) a showcase for male vanity (although Lee never lets us forget how gorgeous and sweetly small and cuddly he is). A supremely entertaining film which unexpectedly achieves a climactic power and melancholy.

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