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The Dragon Dies Hard (1975)

Jin se tai yang (original title)
A fan of Bruce Lee investigates the martial arts master's death.

Director:

Kuan-Chang Li

Writer:

Chung Yen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bruce Le ... Bruce (as Ho Chung Tao)
Hui Ouyang Hui Ouyang
Fei Lung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fang-Hsia Chang
Yi-Mu Chang Yi-Mu Chang
Chin Hai Chen Chin Hai Chen
Pei Ling Chen
Chun Chou Chun Chou
Ming Chou Ming Chou
Yun Fei Yun Fei
Ying Hei Ying Hei
Kuang Hu Kuang Hu
Bruce Li ... Bruce (as Ho Chung Tao)
Yun-Lung Li Yun-Lung Li
Chang Ma
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Storyline

Stone, a martial arts teacher and avid Bruce Lee fan, is crushed when he learns of his hero's sudden death. After a night of trying to drink himself out of his depression, Stone receives a vision of Lee instructing him to investigate the circumstances of master's death. Stone soon finds that Lee was the victim of foul play, and quickly puts into action his plan for bringing the murderers to justice. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Super Dragon never dies! See more »


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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bruce Lee, Superdragon See more »

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Artist Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Kung Schmaltz
13 November 2002 | by failedscreenwriterSee all my reviews

I recall seeing a film in the late 70s called "The Dragon Dies Hard." Now, what with all the title-switching on martial arts movies of that day, this may or may not be the one I saw, but it sounds close enough. The one I saw rose to new heights of bad-osity. From that day to this, I remember it with a shudder.

In my town anyway, this gobbler was touted as a "biography" of the recently-dead Bruce Lee. Now, I can forgive a "biopic" for being fictional; most are. But this one first centered around a racist "turf war" between Lee and some Japanese martial artists, with a finish implying that Lee was murdered by the mob. Fair enough, but the actor playing Lee not only resembled him about as much as I resemble Russell Crowe, but didn't even fight in Lee's style. And to say that this crap-socky piece of yak doody had none of Lee's melodramatic flair as well as none of Jackie Chan's slapstick fun, is an understatement. Between the strong anti-Japanese sentiment, a script too weak even for a kung fu movie, and martial arts scenes played with all the excitement of a T-ball squad on Ritalin, it's no wonder this kung bomb remains in the murky past.


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