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The Dragon Lives Again

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • 1977
  • Law Kei
  • 91 mins
  • 15

Summary

It's one of the "Bruceploitation" films that were made to cash in on Bruce Lee after his death. The story follows Bruce Lee after he dies and ends up in Hell. Once there, he does the logical thing and opens a gym. After fending off the advances of the King Of Hell's naked wives, he discovers that the most evil people in Hell are attempting a takeover, so Bruce sets out to stop it. As if it wasn't weird enough, the evil people are: Zatoichi (the blind swordsman hero of Japanese film), James Bond, The Godfather, The Exorcist, Emmanuelle (the "heroine" of many European softcore porn films), Dracula, and, of course, Clint Eastwood (played by a Chinese guy). Aiding Bruce is The One-Armed Swordsman (hero of kung-fu films), Kain from the U.S. tv series, Kung-Fu (actually played by a Chinese guy this time), and Popeye the Sailor Man! Yes, Popeye the Sailor Man. He eats spinach and helps Bruce fight some mummies.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The untimely death of Bruce Lee saw a wave of films made to cash in on his legend, and this must rank as the strangest of all the "Bruceploitation" genre. Bruce Leong stars as the little dragon himself, dispatched to the underworld post-mortem only to find it ruled over by a lascivious king and a bunch of hoodlums including the Godfather, the Man with No Name, James Bond, the Exorcist and Dracula. Throw in some sex scenes with Emmanuelle (who else) and comedy relief courtesy of Popeye and you have an unhinged, madcap and flagrantly copyright-breaching caper that's as bizarre as it is entertaining. For all its zaniness, though, Lee is portrayed in a heroic light, even going so far as to apologise to wife Linda for his many Earthly infidelities. But sober reflections are kept to a minimum, as Leong affects his best Bruce moves to beat up various zombies and mummies and restore order to the afterlife. Of course it's ridiculous, but it's also insanely fun.

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Credits

Cast

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Bruce LeeLeung Siu-lung
The GodfatherShin Il Lung
Hades Judge PaoTang Ching
James BondAlexander Grand
Emmanuelle of N EuropeJenny

Crew

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DirectorLaw Kei

Details

Languages
Chinese
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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