Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's ... See full summary »
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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
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Although IMDB has Robert Wall's character listed as "Bob" on the "Way of the Dragon" page, on certain video versions of this movie, his character is listed in the closing credits as "Fred." However, in the movie when Colt introduces Wall's character to the head boss, he introduces him as "Rob." See more »
Let him know. If I ever see him here again... HE WON'T LEAVE ALIVE!
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In the original release there were several scenes that were edited from the US version:
One scene was when Bruce Lee was walking in the airport. He tried to tell a little kid he was hungry, but because of the language barrier, his gestures scared the little kid;
In another scene, Bruce flushes the toilet several times because he's never seen one before.
The scene where Bruce walks into the airport restaurant and has trouble communicating with the waitress;
The prostitute scene;
In the fight with Chuck Norris, Bruce kicks him in the head three times. This scene was later shown at the beginning of "Game of Death (1978)."
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.
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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