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The Way of the Dragon (1972)

Meng long guo jiang (original title)
A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

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Bruce Lee

Writer:

Bruce Lee (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bruce Lee ... Tang Lung
Nora Miao ... Chen Ching Hua
Chuck Norris ... Colt
Ping Ou Wei Ping Ou Wei ... Ho (as Paul Wei Ping-Ao)
Chung-Hsin Huang Chung-Hsin Huang ... 'Uncle' Wang (as Wang Chung Hsin)
Robert Wall ... Bob
Ing-Sik Whang Ing-Sik Whang ... Japanese Fighter
Ti Chin ... Ah Quen
Tony Liu ... Tony
Little Unicorn ... Jimmy
Malisa Longo ... Italian Beauty
Ngan Wu Ngan Wu ... Waiter
Fu Ching Chen Fu Ching Chen ... Robert (as Robert Chen)
Jon T. Benn Jon T. Benn ... The Boss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Kenny John Kenny ... Quen (voice)
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Storyline

Tang Lung arrives in Rome to help his cousins in the restaurant business. They are being pressured to sell their property to the syndicate, who will stop at nothing to get what they want. When Tang arrives he poses a new threat to the syndicate, and they are unable to defeat him. The syndicate boss hires the best Japanese and European martial artists to fight Tang, but he easily finishes them off. The American martial artist Colt is hired and has a showdown with Tang in Rome's famous Colosseum. Written by Darryl Schneider <fish2@datanet.ab.ca>

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Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

Hong Kong | Italy

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English | Italian

Release Date:

14 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Dragon See more »

Filming Locations:

Via Vittorio Veneto, Rome Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,157,316, 6 August 1975
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Runtime:

| (extended) | (censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Lee hoped to cast boxer Joe Lewis as an opponent in the film, but he declined. See more »

Goofs

The route to the apartment is strange. First they pass by the Piazza del Popolo, which is far north Rome city central, then the Coliseum, which is on the opposite side of town, southeast. They head in the direction they just came from to the Momento a Vittorio Emanuele II (northwest), a short distance southwest to the Campidogllo, then heading back up northwest in the middle of the city to the Trevi Fountain. See more »

Quotes

Tang Lung: Movement number 4: Dragon seeks path. Hi-yah!" (Tang kicks, knocking a hoodlum unconscious) "Dragon whips his tail!
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The Last Act Redeems Just About Everything Else
16 October 2003 | by TheGreenSagaSee all my reviews

Really, the only part of this film worth praise is the fight scene between Bruce and "Colt" at the end. The rest of the movie, as a comedy, works in a sort of "The Gods Must Be Crazy", "What's Up Tiger Lily?" way. But as a martial arts film? No way. It's so bad at times that you really believe he made this movie with the full intention of spoofing martial arts films. The one thing that keeps this movie on its feet is the Gay Translator. That character alone carried the sagging weight of the movie as a kung-fu film. Unfortunately, the weight was picked up and carried as a comedy. Still, there are some notable fight scenes, and if you are kung-fu nut I suppose story doesn't really matter much anyway. I'm a film student, and I've always looked at movies as movies. In watching Kung-fu films I've had to discipline myself in detaching the genre from all other standards of film. These films are about the martial arts, and it's not supposed to matter how utterly bad the movies can be. This is where knowing a lot about movies actually impairs me, where I can't get used to the concept of a movie not existing for the sake of being a good movie.

Oh well.

The fight scene at the end makes you forget about everything else. The way they portray Chuck Norris' character is simply amazing. During the fight scene there was a surprising depth to it all, in which you actually sympathize with Colt. He keeps getting up, and all the while he has this look on his face that shows that he doesn't want to fight anymore, and that he knows he has lost the battle. But he keeps fighting, because that is what he has to do. He knows if he keeps fighting he'll probably die, but he goes on anyway, wearily.

That alone makes the movie, and I hope I've made sense to people.


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