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"Enter the Fat Dragon" is one of the funniest martial art movies I had the
opportunity to see. Sammo Hung portrays a Chinese farm boy that comes to
visit a city friend. Just like Tang Lung of "Way of the Dragon." Wherever
Sammo goes, trouble starts, therefore he has to rely on his martial art
skills to solve the differences. Luckily, Sammo's character learns martial
arts by imitating and mimicking his idol, Bruce Lee. He even strokes his
nose with his thumb exactly the way Bruce Lee does and also releases his
screeching yell. He also uses nunchucks in a scene. It was like watching a
fat Bruce Lee. There's a great showdown near the end of the movie which
consists of foreign fighters. Sammo has to encounter each opponent one by
one. Sort of like "The Game of Death", where each fighter possesses a
different martial art discipline from one another.
This is one of the films I really enjoyed watching and also the very first Sammo Hung movies I've seen. Excellent fight scenes and a lot of laughs. A rare classic Sammo Hung film I highly recommend for all you martial art fans out there. 8.5/10!
This is of of Sammo's great early comedy films. This isn't a parody of
the dragon, the main character (Sammo) is obsessed with Bruce Lee and
emulates him freakishly well for a man of his size. Nominal story about
his fighting keeps causing his loved ones trouble - then fighting. Oh, the
fighting. Good, fast-paced scenes with high impact (the white guy who
a boxer looks like he really gets hurt by one of Sammo's kicks).
The funniest bit of this movie was purely unintentional. There is a Jim Kelly looking guy (one of three experts hired to take out Sammo), but he was a Chinese guy in blackface with an afro-wig. Come on, didn't they have any real black people in Hong Kong in 1978? Well, I guess I've seen enough white fake-as-hell "Chinese people" in old American movies too.
This is one is for any Sammo or Bruce Lee fan.
Sammo Hung directed and stars in this parody of Enter the Dragon. Parody
might be a bit strong, it's somewhere between a parody and a tribute to
late great Bruce Lee. You can't take this movie too seriously, but if you
in with the right mindset it's fairly entertaining. There is a lot of
thrown in with a few really good kung fu scenes. No surprise that Sammo is
good with the jokes, but he definitely has some kung fu skills! He has an
uncredited role in the original Enter the Dragon where he fights Bruce
**1/2 (Out of 4)
This movie is not a kung fu movie. This is a comedy about kung fu. And
if, before making this film, Sammo Hung hadn't spent some time watching
films by the great French comic filmmaker Jaques Tati (i.ie., e.g.,
esp. Jour de fête), he is certainly on the same wave length.
Personally, I think Tati's films are hilarious; but they're not to all tastes. Some have told me that they loathe his work. I've never figured out why, but I think it's because the character that Tati usually plays himself is so totally dead pan, so unaffected by the events around him (which he is usually causing) that many miss the more subtle comic bits happening around him.
At any rate, Tati's main shtick - or at least his best known - is to take a pretentiously upright petite bourgeoisie with 19th century sensibilities and drop him into 20th century France where he must confront a society that is largely defined by the gradual eroding of those sensibilities. He usually has serious difficulties with little things like record players or radios. He's a hazard in a car, but the world's no safer when he rides a bicycle. But through it all, he never loses his aplomb, which is derived from his inner recognition that the nineteenth century was more interesting than the 20th overall.
In a similar fashion, the character Sammo Hung himself plays is a country boy come to the big city of Hong Kong, utterly convinced that what makes the city interesting is that Bruce Lee made kung fu movies there. This gets him into trouble in small ways, since he takes in stride happenstance which would never be noticed in a small town but which are deemed inappropriate in a big city - such as the moment when he appears to be urinating in the street, A cop stops him, only to discover that Hung is actually just squeezing water out of his shirt, soaked during an accidental dip in the bay. What's interesting about this gag is why it is Hung doesn't understand what the cop's fuss is all about - in a country town, as long as no one's looking, if you gotta go you gotta go. In other words, Hung is not really urinating in the street - but he certainly would - and what's the problem officer? Of course Hung's obsession with Bruce Lee also gets him into big troubles as well. He beats a gang of thugs who have refused to pay his restaurant-owner uncle. Of course, in a Bruce Lee movie, the thugs would be considered trounced, and they would have learned their lesson. But in Hung's Hong Kong, reality unfortunately prevails, and the thugs return when he's not around, to trounce his uncle.
Of course, Hung finally triumphs in the end, just as Tati always did. Characters like this must always triumph (at least in comedy) because they are completely innocent, and as such, despite their comic missteps and misunderstandings, they really represent what is best in the humans we admire and wish to be. We don't really want to be Bruce Lee (who has to experience the loss of all of his friends before he gets a chance to beat the bad-guy), we, in our own innocence, really want a world where Lee's heroics are possible.
Unfortunately, that world only exists on film.
"Ah, but what if...?" - and in that question we find Sammo Hung at his comic best.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"One of Hung's better early efforts. The humor is dead-on in parts as
Hung tries to imitate Lee's moves and facial expressions, and also in a
bit where Hung pokes fun at Jackie Chan's Drunken Master. The action is
also pretty good, especially when Hung takes on a trio on martial arts
experts at the end. It's not the greatest film, but pretty good for
'70's kung fu, especially if you're a fan of Hung and/or Lee. Be
warned, though: most video versions of the movie have pretty shoddy
quality. There is also a character in blackface which some people might
Sammo Hung is a rural swine-herder who moves to Hong Kong to fight off some bad guys. Sammo turns on his dead-on Bruce Lee impersonation when fighting!
This film is often billed as a parody of Bruce Lee's "Enter The Dragon", but it's not exactly that... Sammo is a rural swine herder--obsessed with Bruce Lee--who moves to Hong Kong to help his relatives run a small open-air restaurant. Once situated at the new job, he is forced to defend the eatery from local gangsters looking for protection money. When Sammo switches into fighting mode, he switches on his Bruce Lee impersonation, which must be seen to be believed! This film is pretty sloppy, in many of the fight scenes Sammo battles against people who are obviously actors rather than martial artists, and there's one character who's supposed to be black who is played by an Asian man in heavy (and preposterous) makeup. But what this film lacks in budget and accuracy, it more than makes up for in atmosphere and energy. Highly recommended for a good mood."
The most agile fat guy in martial arts does it again. An early Sammo
film that has him imitating his character's hero, Bruce Lee, Sammo is
amazingly Lee like in his actions and fighting. The way he slips into
Bruce's style and then back to his own, more familiar kung fu is a joy
to watch and shows how accomplished and adaptable he is at his art.
Throw in a bit of slapstick humour so beloved of this type of flick and
this a movie that has it all - comedy (some unintentional, like the
fake black guy), action and some incredible fight scenes.
A great beer and buddies movie that is worth an hour and a half of anyone's time.
I saw this film as part of a Hong Kong double bill at a local arthouse
cinema and surprisingly it went down pretty well. It has an endearing
quality that shines through the confusing, `make it up as we go along
bizarrely staged action sequences and unintentionally surreal
In Kung Fu comedy star Sammo Hung's second directorial effort we see him
through a series of barely connected adventures as a fat Bruce Lee
working at his uncle's Hong Kong restaurant. Seemingly meant to be some
of parody / homage to Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, it bares little or no
relation to the aforementioned film, with the exception of a fight scene
involving a western boxer, a black guy and er .. some other guy. Rather
using a black actor, the film makers decided to black up a Chinese actor
the part. It's hilarious to watch the actor approximating how he thinks a
black man might act, as he minces around in some kind of attempted jive
Sammo does quite a good job of imitating Bruce Lee's mannerisms and
this is primarily a comedy, some of the fight sequences are great. It is
easy to forget that Sammo is quite an accomplished martial artist when he
spends most of his screen time as a big fat bumbling idiot!
Overall, there's a great sense of fun running through the film that makes it difficult to dislike, even though it's terrible. If you enjoyed this, check out Sammo Hung in The magnificent Butcher or My Lucky Stars, which are just as ridiculous ridiculous but with more fighting!
I am a big fan of movies coming from Hong Kong, though I must admit that I go for Hong Kong movies made from the early '80s to the present day - I find Hong Kong films from the '70s to be fairly dull and mostly indistinguishable from each other. But I enjoyed this early Sammo Hung movie. True, there isn't a great plot here - the plot only starts after thirty minutes, and it moves VERY slowly. And I think there will be some viewers who will be offended that a character of African descent is portrayed by an Asian man in an afro wig and blackface. But despite flaws like those, the movie overall is fun. The fights are pretty good, and the movie's sense of humor (mostly in a slapstick vein) is genuinely funny at times. The movie is a good showcase for Hung's fighting and comic skills, and will entertain fans of Hong Kong movies.
Overall I would have to say that I liked the movie. Some of the fight scenes are really good. Especially the fight against Leung Ka-Yan. One point that really bothered me was the fact that they used an Asian to play a black man. I mean really. Talk about bad taste. During a fight scene, you see one of the fighters on the floor is laughing. Otherwise, Sammo copies Bruce Lee's fighting moves perfectly. 5 out of 10 Stars.
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