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Enter the Dragon (1973)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  19 August 1973 (USA)
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ahna Capri ...
Kien Shih ...
Han (as Shih Kien)
Oharra (as Bob Wall)
Angela Mao ...
Su Lin (Guest star) (as Angela Mao Ying)
Betty Chung ...
Geoffrey Weeks ...
Bolo Yeung ...
Bolo (as Yang Sze)
Peter Archer ...
Li Jen Ho ...
Old Man (as Ho Lee Yan)
Marlene Clark ...
Allan Kent ...
William Keller ...
L.A. Cop


Enter the Dragon revolves around the three main characters. Lee, a man recruited by an agency to investigate a tournament hosted by Han, since they believe he has an Opium trade there. Roper and Williams are former army buddies since Vietnam and they enter the tournament due to different problems that they have. Roper is on the run from the Mafia due to his gambling debts, while Williams is harassed by racist police officers and defends himself from them and uses the car for his getaway. It is a deadly tournament that they will enter on an island. Lee's job is to get the other two out of there alive. Written by Emphinix

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The first American produced martial arts spectacular! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for martial arts violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Deadly Three  »

Box Office


$850,000 (estimated)


HKD 3,307,526 (Hong Kong)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bruce Lee suffered some on-set injuries. His hand was severely cut while shooting O'Hara's death scene, when Bob Wall mistimed his thrust of the broken bottle towards Lee (fake glass was not available). When Lee held the poisonous snake that guarded the secret entrance to Han's drug lab, the snake bit him. Fortunately, the snake's venom gland had been removed. See more »


When Williams fights Parsons during the tournament, Han is wearing a blue coat, which turns into a brown coat, then back to blue. See more »


[first lines]
Lee: Teacher?
Shaolin Abbott: I see your talents have gone beyond the mere physical level. Your skills are now at the point of spiritual insight. I have several questions. What is the highest technique you hope to achieve ?
Lee: To have no technique.
Shaolin Abbott: Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent ?
Lee: There is no opponent.
Shaolin Abbott: And why is that ?
Lee: Because the word "I" does not exist.
Shaolin Abbott: So, continue...
Lee: A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense,...
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Featured in The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture (2002) See more »

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Very stylish and intense martial arts action film
16 May 2005 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

As a child, one of my first and best friends was a strange boy who worshiped the ground Bruce Lee walked on - cutting his hair, taking Jiu Jitsu and Hapkido lessons, and often stalking around with that intense animal fury that only Lee could create all over his 7 year old face. My friend took a lot of abuse for this and other odd behaviors with dignity that his hero would have applauded. Unfortunately, Mr. Lee passed from this world very young, leaving a legend and a pair of shoes that have never really been filled. For most Americans, this is the only Hollywood film worthy of mention with his name in the cast.

Don't get me wrong, I love Jackie Chan and Jet Li and even the few Chow Yun Fat roles involving martial arts, but each of these actors have their own, very big, personalities, and - at least in the case of Chan

  • have built their own unique legend. Unlike his successors, what Lee

excelled at was the intense physicality and drama of his performance. He worked every muscle of his body in every beautifully choreographed fight scene of Enter The Dragon, and made art out of violence in ways that today's Hollywood gun violence schlock-directors can only dream of. And Enter the Dragon is one of his most stunning vehicles.

The pseudo-Taoisms are kept to a minimum and concentrated near the beginning of this film. Lee enters a martial arts tournament to avenge the murder of his sister, and to defend the honor of the Shao Lin Temple, where he helps to train young martial artists. John Saxon, a down-on-his luck playboy and brigand is the closest thing to a co-star, and comes to the tournament hoping for a solution to his financial problems. The tournament is hosted by a mass-murdering heroin manufacturer who hides his production facilities, literally, beneath a martial arts school, using the instructors and students in the school as an army of body guards. Kien Shih is absolutely compelling as the evil Han, even if his fight scenes are, at times, a bit less convincing than the master Lee's. Lee and Shih are the performance highlights of the film. Though Saxon does a passable job, his performance is a bit fibrous at times.

Worth seeing for the sets and settings alone, this film is driven well by its fast pace, simple but engaging story line, and the sheer talent of Bruce Lee. Of course, there are the usual problems of the martial arts genre - villains whose sense of honor for the most part only applies to life-threatening situations fighting would-be heroes, the lack of any weapons besides fists and unused knives, unnecessary nude scenes - it is very easy to overlook these problems and just enjoy the film.

Highly recommended.

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