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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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Ahna Capri ...
Kien Shih ...
Han (as Shih Kien)
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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 ...
Secretary
Allan Kent ...
William Keller ...
L.A. Cop
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Storyline

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 »


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

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19 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Deadly Three  »

Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Gross:

HKD 3,307,526 (Hong Kong)
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Trivia

Warner Brothers wanted to call the film "Han's Island" because it thought international audiences would be confused by an action film titled "Enter the Dragon". Other alternate titles were "Blood and Steel" this was a first draft script title and "The Deadly Three", a reference to Bruce Lee's, John Saxon's and Jim Kelly's characters. See more »

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When Han walks John Saxon through his museum, the various hands are all (correctly) left, until they reach the skeletal hand that was Han's real hand. It's a right hand. See more »

Quotes

[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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.....simply the best
19 March 1999 | by (Cardiff, Wales) – See all my reviews

Even though it is more than 25 years since Enter the Dragon was first released, to this day it is still hailed as the landmark of martial arts films.

Used primarily as a vehicle for the late, great Bruce Lee this movie has a thin plot, little actual character development and the acting isn't fantastic.....it was never meant to be another Citizen Kane. Its merit lies purely in the action content. If you were to ask any learned martial artist I'm sure that 9 out of 10 would tell you that the fight sequences are unparalleled, even today. The fluidity of Lee is astounding. Unlike most martial arts films of that time the fighting is very realistic, and has a somewhat visceral quality. There is also the use of traditional Oriental weapons (nunchaku, escrima sticks, etc..), although the British censors in their wisdom have seen fit the cut the nunchaku sequence, and I'm afraid, like any censored movie, it just isn't the same watching when you know you aren't getting the full monty, so to speak.

Still, on the whole one of my personal favourites and a must see for any action or seventies film fan. If you get the opportunity see the remastered American version with added footage....I've got one,envy me!!!


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