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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)
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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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MAN, CAN WE USE HIM NOW! Bruce Lee is back in the fantastic all new adventures of the Super Hero from "Enter the Dragon..." ..his last performance is his best! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,157,316
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended) | (censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Chuck Norris once said that he could never beat Bruce Lee in a fair fight. See more »

Goofs

While Tang is fighting thugs in the alley with his nunchaku, he swings them several times hitting the thugs and the nunchaku swing all the way round fluidly. In reality, when nunchaku hit a solid object, they will bounce off the object struck and go in the opposite direction, forcing the operator of the nunchaku to change his or her swinging and wrist motion. See more »

Quotes

Thug: Mama Mia!
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Alternate Versions

New Zealand theatrical and videotape versions were originally cut to minimize the use of nunchakus in the alley-fight sequence, although the censors later allowed this scene to remain intact in the documentary _Curse of the Dragon (1993)_. In 2005 the cuts were also waived for the Region 4 DVD release of "Way of the Dragon". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ill Manors (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
Bruce Lee at his best
11 September 2000 | by tshodanSee all my reviews

Bruce Lee demonstrates why without ever being a tournament champion that he was one of the best martial artists of all times. His speed and technique easily out class the other real martial artisits this film presents. His fight with Chuck Norris in this film is legendary. Watching Chuck in his prime is intense, high speed and accuracy. What scares me is that Bruce is faster. And even though he is lacking size, its obvious that the little dragons power is intense. Yes the scenes in these movies may be choreographed, but it's hard to make duplicate the skills shown by these fighters with trick photography and ballet lessons.

This is the first film Bruce took a major role in both on and off the set. He searched for quality martial artists for the fight scenes and was the one who reccomended Italy for this shoot.

The film revolves around a restaurant in Italy run by Lee's uncle and his (assumably ) cousins. Local gangsters try to close the restaurant down and get a piece of the action. To avoid complications with the law, they try and man handle the resteraunt owner and workers and Lee comes to the rescue.


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