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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
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:
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) (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) (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
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
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)
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:
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Sound Mix:
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?

According to the Bruce Lee Documentary, this is Linda Lee Cadwell's (Bruce's wife) favorite of all her husband's films.See more »
Miscellaneous: In the opening credits it lists "Directed and Scriped" by Bruce Lee. It should read "Scripted", with a T.See more »
Tang Lung:These slums are just like ours.See more »
Movie Connections:
As A JudgementSee more »


What are the differences between the old British VHS and the Uncensored Version? How about the US Version?
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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Bruce Lee at his best, 1 July 2002
Author: InzyWimzy from Queens, NY

Movement #4...dragon seeks path.

That one scene sets the whole film for me.

I will definitely say I really love this film. No matter how many countless times I've seen it ever since I was a kid watching it on the Big Apple movie (old skool!!). This movie introduced me to kung fu and the legend Bruce Lee. His character is very interesting in this one, because he's a stranger in another land (Rome). The people he's supposed to help don't even trust him (hilarious scenes of awkwardness between Bruce and Miss Chen). Ha Goon plays a great comic relief (CHINESE BOXING!). Although the movie takes a dark turn, there are many moments of laughs. I will never forget that you can't order "chinese spare ribs". For the action, Bruce dominates as he takes on a whole gang of thugs using everything from fists and kicks to darts, a pole, and of course his awesome nunchuk scene (MOMMA MIA!!). I love the sound effects when Bruce hits his opponents and the WOOSH sound is great!! His training scenes show that Bruce Lee had 0% body fat and is good motivation for working out. The finale between he and Chuck is a classic kung fu moment. Great shots before the fight including the cat too!!

This is a great film. Another example of a great martial artist.

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