Enter the Dragon

  • 18
  • Robert Clouse (1973)
  • US
  • 99 min
Enter the Dragon
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

The doyenne of American critics, Pauline Kael, once described Bruce Lee as "the Fred Astaire of martial arts", and he's at his balletic, brilliant best in this kung fu classic that, tragically, proved to be his last completed film. When his sister commits suicide rather than succumb to the henchmen of a ruthless master criminal, Lee leaves the Shaolin temple where he teaches kung fu and spiritual discipline to become a James Bond-like secret agent. When he arrives at an island fortress to take part in a notoriously brutal martial arts tournament, he finds himself having to smash an opium ring and a white slavery racket, as well as fight for his own life. Director Robert Clouse broadens the action from the intimacy of Lee's earlier movies, in the process producing a series of fast, furious, intricate and athletic fight scenes that, in the opinion of many aficionados, have yet to be bettered. John Saxon and Jim Kelly provide muscular support, but it's the Hong Kong cast that catches the eye, notably Yang Sze, who is still one of chop-socky's most hissable villains. It's clear from this why the Lee legend lives on.

Plot Summary

Classic martial arts adventure starring Bruce Lee. A master of martial arts is enlisted by British intelligence to help put an end to the traffic in opium and prostitutes organised from an island fortress by a criminal mastermind.

Cast and crew

Cast

Lee
Bruce Lee
Roper
John Saxon
Williams
Jim Kelly
Han
Kien Shih
Oharra
Robert Wall
Tania
Ahna Capri
Su-Lin
Angela Mao Ying
Mei Ling
Betty Chung
Braithwaite
Geoffrey Weeks
Bolo
Yang Sze
Parsons
Peter Archer

Crew

Director
Robert Clouse

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Warner Dists
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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