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Enter the Dragon (1973)

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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

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Robert Clouse

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Michael Allin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Lee ... Lee
John Saxon ... Roper
Jim Kelly ... Williams
Ahna Capri ... Tania
Kien Shih ... Han (as Shih Kien)
Robert Wall ... Oharra (as Bob Wall)
Angela Mao ... Su Lin (Guest star) (as Angela Mao Ying)
Betty Chung Betty Chung ... Mei Ling
Geoffrey Weeks ... Braithwaite
Bolo Yeung ... Bolo (as Yang Sze)
Peter Archer Peter Archer ... Parsons
Li Jen Ho ... Old Man (as Ho Lee Yan)
Marlene Clark ... Secretary
Allan Kent Allan Kent ... Golfer
Bill Keller Bill Keller ... L.A. Cop
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Storyline

Enter the Dragon revolves around 3 main characters; Lee, a man recruited by an agency to investigate a tournament hosted by Han, since they believe he has an Opium trade there. Roper and Williams are former army buddies since Vietnam and they enter the tournament due to different problems that they have. It's a deadly tournament they will enter on an island. Lee's job is to get the other 2 out of there alive. Written by Emphinix

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The first American produced martial arts spectacular! See more »


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Rated R for martial arts violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

19 August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deadly Three See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,000,000
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DTS (re-release)| Dolby Digital (re-release)| Mono (original release)| SDDS (re-release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The flat-bottomed boat Williams (Jim Kelly) travels on is known as a sampan. Sampan means "three planks" in Cantonese. See more »

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Mr. Han places the cat on the guillotine facing the rear (away from him and Roper). When Roper rescues the cat, it is facing the front (towards him and Mr. Han). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lee: Teacher?
Shaolin Abbott: I see your talents have gone beyond the mere physical level. Your skills are now at the point of spiritual insight. I have several questions. What is the highest technique you hope to achieve ?
Lee: To have no technique.
Shaolin Abbott: Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent ?
Lee: There is no opponent.
Shaolin Abbott: And why is that ?
Lee: Because the word "I" does not exist.
Shaolin Abbott: So, continue...
Lee: A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense,...
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Very stylish and intense martial arts action film
16 May 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

As a child, one of my first and best friends was a strange boy who worshiped the ground Bruce Lee walked on - cutting his hair, taking Jiu Jitsu and Hapkido lessons, and often stalking around with that intense animal fury that only Lee could create all over his 7 year old face. My friend took a lot of abuse for this and other odd behaviors with dignity that his hero would have applauded. Unfortunately, Mr. Lee passed from this world very young, leaving a legend and a pair of shoes that have never really been filled. For most Americans, this is the only Hollywood film worthy of mention with his name in the cast.

Don't get me wrong, I love Jackie Chan and Jet Li and even the few Chow Yun Fat roles involving martial arts, but each of these actors have their own, very big, personalities, and - at least in the case of Chan - have built their own unique legend. Unlike his successors, what Lee excelled at was the intense physicality and drama of his performance. He worked every muscle of his body in every beautifully choreographed fight scene of Enter The Dragon, and made art out of violence in ways that today's Hollywood gun violence schlock-directors can only dream of. And Enter the Dragon is one of his most stunning vehicles.

The pseudo-Taoisms are kept to a minimum and concentrated near the beginning of this film. Lee enters a martial arts tournament to avenge the murder of his sister, and to defend the honor of the Shao Lin Temple, where he helps to train young martial artists. John Saxon, a down-on-his luck playboy and brigand is the closest thing to a co-star, and comes to the tournament hoping for a solution to his financial problems. The tournament is hosted by a mass-murdering heroin manufacturer who hides his production facilities, literally, beneath a martial arts school, using the instructors and students in the school as an army of body guards. Kien Shih is absolutely compelling as the evil Han, even if his fight scenes are, at times, a bit less convincing than the master Lee's. Lee and Shih are the performance highlights of the film. Though Saxon does a passable job, his performance is a bit fibrous at times.

Worth seeing for the sets and settings alone, this film is driven well by its fast pace, simple but engaging story line, and the sheer talent of Bruce Lee. Of course, there are the usual problems of the martial arts genre - villains whose sense of honor for the most part only applies to life-threatening situations fighting would-be heroes, the lack of any weapons besides fists and unused knives, unnecessary nude scenes - it is very easy to overlook these problems and just enjoy the film.

Highly recommended.


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