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Release Date:
14 August 1972 (USA) See more »
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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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  (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
Wu Ngan ... Waiter
Fu Ching Chen ... Robert (as Robert Chen)
Jon T. Benn ... Thugs' Boss
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)
Barry Haigh ... Tang Lung / Dragon (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Jim James ... Thug (uncredited)
Michael Kaye ... 'Uncle' Wang / Colt / Japanese fighter (voice) (uncredited)
Ching-Ying Lam ... Thug (uncredited)
Giuseppe Marrocco ... Man at Airport (uncredited)

Andre Morgan ... Thug (uncredited)
Anders Nelsson ... Thug (uncredited)
Matthew Oram ... Ho / Tony (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Ho Pich ... Thugs' Chief (uncredited)

Biao Yuen ... Thug (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce Lee 
Writing credits
Bruce Lee (screenplay)

Produced by
Riccardo Billi .... associate producer
Raymond Chow .... producer
Bruce Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph Koo 
Cinematography by
Tadashi Nishimoto  (as Ho Lang Shang)
Film Editing by
Peter Cheung  (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
Chap-Hung Chan .... titles design
Shun-Chang Huang .... props
Wan-On Shing .... props
Sound Department
Shao Lung Chou .... sound recordist
Ping Wong .... dubbing (as Ping Wang)
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-Jan Cheng .... gaffer (as Hui-yan Cheng)
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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100 min | USA:90 min | 133 min (extended version) | UK:86 min (censored version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2006) | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating: 2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut: 1989) | Finland:(Banned) (1975) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2011) | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:12 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Mexico:C | 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) | Russia:16+ (video rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:(Banned) (1975) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video) | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Bruce Lee turned down the lead role in Huang mian lao hu (1974), directed by Wei Lo, in order to concentrate on making this movie.See more »
Continuity: When the gunman is first revealed in Chen's apartment, Tang Lung beats the guy all over, but never hits his face. Later when the gunman is being chewed out, he's shown with a bandaged forehead, two bruised cheeks and a black eye.See more »
Thug:Mama Mia!See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do (1995)See more »
As A JudgementSee more »


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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Boards don't hit back..., 20 April 2005
Author: YOU TALKlN TO ME from United States

...and neither do the villains, because they never have a chance to. Bruce Lee is awesome yet again in this cool story about a Martial Arts expert helping his Uncle to save his restaurant from gangsters in Rome.

The fight scenes in this movie are well done. Bruce Lee takes on hordes of bad guys as if they were flies. Possibly the most famous scene in this movie is the legendary battle between Bruce Lee and chuck Norris (Undoubtly the role that gave him his break.) It's a great fight and one that will mark this film down in the history of classic Kung Fu cinema films.

Do not let this be confused with Enter The Dragon, as they are two completely different movies. The basic misconception is that this is Enter The Dragon's sequel, when in fact that came later, and if I'm not mistaken was Bruce Lee's last film.

I wish Kung Fu movies these days were as good as this.

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