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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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The Colosseum . . the battleground of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris [Video Australia] 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)
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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

This was the highest grossing film in Hong Kong in 1972, beating the records set by Bruce Lee's previous films. See more »

Goofs

As Colt was on the ground in the climatic events of the famous fight scene he had a limp hand, eventhough Tang Lung didn't hit him in the hand, but his forearm. See more »

Quotes

Ho: Please, we are friends! Tang Lung is our enemy. Please wait for our boss to come back to decide which one of you will take care of that chinaman. Okay?
[the Japanese fighter spits, which enrages Bob Fred. They start fighting again]
Ho: Ahhhh! Ohh, oh, no, don't, stop it! Oh, ohh, stop it! Stop it!
Boss: STOP IT!
[the fighting stops. Bob Fred spots Colt with the Mob boss and walks over]
Fred: Sensei!
[bows]
Colt: [smirks] Bob's my student.
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese theatrical cut, released in 1974, was a unique hybrid, in that it was dubbed in English, yet maintained Bruce Lee's real fight yells. For some unknown reason, all other English dubbed prints featured a "yell double" for Bruce Lee (save for the final fight, in some prints). Aside from this, the music was also slightly altered to feature vocal versions of the opening and ending themes (sung by Mike Remedios), as well as featuring an extra music cue, "The Big Guy", during Lee's fight against Bob Wall and Whang In Sik. This audio track was used as an audio option on both the 2012 "Extreme Edition" Japanese Blu-ray and the 2013 American Shout Factory Blu-ray and DVD. In January 2017, within the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the film, the so-called "Ultimate Edition" Japanese Blu-Ray release contains not only the original audio track from the Japanese theatrical cut; it also includes the original Japanese theatrical cut in HD restored from original negative (without burnt-in Japanese subtitles) for the first time in any home video format around the world. See more »

Connections

Edited into Fist to Fist (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Airport Caper
(From "The Happening")
Performed by Frank De Vol
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User Reviews

 
A true classic from the greatest martial artist of all time.
3 December 1999 | by Dark EyeSee all my reviews

This is the best Bruce Lee movie, period. The single reason is that this movie shows him off a lot more than the other ones.

In this film, the one and only Bruce Lee made his directing debut. Not only the movie showed the world why he is the greatest martial artist to ever live, it showed that he is way ahead of his time. This film showcased his astounding skills, agility, and charm much more so than the brilliant classic "Enter the Dragon", and this film will show how truly fast and nimble Bruce Lee is with his fists and feet (the people had to accelerate the frame rates of all his films in order to catch his movements properly). The fight scenes are unbelievable, and it is already widely regarded that the final Colloseum battle between Tang Long (Bruce Lee) and Colt (Chuck Norris) is the best fighting sequence ever filmed for a movie.

Do yourself a favor by watching the original Way of the Dragon with all it's original fighting noises intact. Those who are content on only watching the English-dubbed version are missing out on a lot!!!! Any true fans of Bruce Lee can attest the massive difference it makes in experiencing the real voices of Bruce Lee when he is fighting on-screen.


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