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The Way of the Dragon

  • Action
  • 1973
  • Bruce Lee
  • 94 mins
  • X

Summary

A Hong Kong country boy comes to the aid of a friend whose Chinese restaurant in Italy is threatened by American karate experts. Martial arts adventure, directed by and starring Bruce Lee. With Chuck Norris and Nora Miao. Dubbed in English.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This was the only film martial arts icon Bruce Lee had complete control over, being director, writer and fight choreographer. Maybe he should have had help in some areas, for it's a desperately thin tale about a country bumpkin, played by Lee (the antithesis of the character he plays in Enter the Dragon), who arrives in Rome to help out at a Chinese restaurant that's at the mercy of local gangsters. It's typical of its genre; the dubbing is lousy, the characters are mere ciphers, dodgy 1970s shirts plague the screen and there are too many clumsy comedy routines that play well in Hong Kong but look merely amateurish to us. However, the action more than compensates: Lee's face-off with Chuck Norris inside the Colosseum is one of the best two-man scraps in movie history. Norris had previously worked with Lee on the Matt Helm movie The Wrecking Crew, where Lee was fight choreographer.

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Credits

Cast

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Tang LungBruce Lee
Chen Ching HuaNora Miao
ColtChuck Norris
Uncle WangWang Chung Hsin
HoWei Ping Au
TonyTong Liu
Ah K'ungTi Chin
BossJon T Benn
Robert, Colt's pupilRobert Wall

Crew

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DirectorBruce Lee

Details

Theatrical distributor
Cathay Films Ltd
Languages
Chinese
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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