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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.

Director:

Bruce Lee

Writer:

Bruce Lee (screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bruce Lee ... Tang Lung
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 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 ... 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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Bruce Lee vs American Chuck Norris in a fantastic new adventure See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Most of the crew did not have international passports or working visas which meant they could only work in Rome for a maximum of three weeks. Bruce Lee and the crew made sure they got all of their required footage within just two. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Bruce Lee is eating several different types of soups and several times he takes a spoonful of an orange colored soup and as he puts it into his mouth some dribbles on his chin. The soup he dribbles on his chin is white. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Ah Quen: In this world of guns and knives, wherever Tang Lung may go to, he will always travel on his own.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK theatrical version was heavily cut by around 6 minutes by the BBFC to edit scenes of violence, and the 1986 video release lost a further 1 min 11 secs of footage from the nunchaku fight scene. The cuts were fully restored for the 2001 Hong Kong Legends release, though the later 2005 Universal DVD featured the same print as the edited 1986 video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bruce's Fists of Vengeance (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

As A Judgement
(Colt's Theme)
by Ennio Morricone
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User Reviews

 
Bruce Lee rules!
11 March 2004 | by SteniusSee all my reviews

Bruce Lee really rules. Before this I had seen only "enter the dragon". It is usually considered to bee his best film, so I didn´t really know what to expect from "way of the dragon". I liked it very much. Biggest problem I had with it was that I had to watch the english dubbed version. I prefer the original language! Lee really knew how to entertain the audience. He was funny, but not too funny. I particulary enjoyed the last fighting scene when "Colt" was defeated. For once the bad guy went down with honour! I recommend this to anyone who likes a good kung-fu movie. There might be better ones, but no complains. 8/10


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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English | Italian

Release Date:

14 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Dragon See more »

Filming Locations:

Via Vittorio Veneto, Rome Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended) | (censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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