Enter the Dragon (1973)
Movie InfoOne of the most popular kung fu films ever, and perhaps the peak of the famed Bruce Lee's career, Enter the Dragon achieved success by presenting a series of superbly staged fighting sequences with a minimum of distractions. The story finds Lee as a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister's death. This evil villain operates from a fortified island manned by a team of crack martial artists, who also host a kung fu competition. Lee uses his skills to enter the contest and then tries to chop, kick, and otherwise fight his way into the dealer's headquarter. The story is, of course, merely an excuse for showdown after showdown, featuring masterly fighting by Lee in a wide variety of martial arts styles. Essential viewing for martial arts fans, the film was also embraced by a larger audience, thanks to a fast pace and higher-than-usual production values. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Enter the Dragon
Enter the Dragon is the first classy Kung Fu movie specially designed for Western audiences, and that's not to be confused with first-class.
The only real disappointment about Enter the Dragon is that it is Bruce Lee's last movie.
If kung fu is now the standard badass language, Enter the Dragon -- featuring Lee's great slow-burn stare -- is the first grammar lesson.
Rising popularity of the Chinese martial arts as screen entertainment climaxes in fine crescendo in this violence-drenched actioner.
Ripping entertainment overall, with just enough meat for amateur sociologists.
Worth seeing for Lee, but still unforgivably wasteful of his talents.
Director Robert Clouse works the material for efficiency and optimum thrill, while providing a buoyant visual style to the action.
A pop-masterpiece, and one of the finest pieces of pure action cinema ever made.
As in even the very best King Fu movies, mayhem ensues, especially once hundreds of fighting champions storm the island in an out-of-control melee that Lee walks through with complete cold discipline.
A pretty excellent action film that gives [Star] Lee the chance to play the dashing hero...
[VIDEO ESSAY] From a historical perspective of cultural influence, Bruce Lee's last movie is a martial arts film of epic proportions.
The acting is wooden and the sound effects are even worse (especially in terms of voice dubbing). But the fight scenes are excellent especially in reference to Bruce Lee.
It's worth catching this schlock art film to see Lee play a 007-type super-agent, who is an expert in kung-fu.
Presents a powerful, kinetic ballet by a martial arts master at the peak of his form--just try looking away from him.
Nonstop action is what these films are about, and that's what you get here.
...it's still great entertainment and remains a first-class action thriller in first-class style.
High karate and low kitsch ... Forget the dopey James Bond plot and train your eyes, little grasshopper, on Lee as he takes on army of henchmen, demonstrating his revolutionary kung-fu moves and a fire-breathing squint.
The granddaddy of martial arts movies
Audience Reviews for Enter the Dragon
In the film's opening flashback scenes, when the star, Bruce Lee, is told of his sister's murder, even a total lamebrain (like say, f'instance, me) understands that a total macho-on-steroids asskicking lollapalooza is on its way (and the soul of kung fu stands represented as essentially a poor man's revenge against injustice - thus the ghetto appeal). With an truly exotic locale, China, and a cast of kung fu asskickers one after another its a wonder this work hasn't been more imitated --- if anyone could replicate Lee's asskicking charisma. Did I say "asskicking" 3 times? No. More.More
No plot, character development, dialogue or humour to speak of... basically kung fu porn. 3 stars just for Bruce Lee's badassery and amazing weapon of a body, which carried the entire film.More
So I've finally seen Enter the Dragon and it was well worth the wait. I know very little about Kung-fu or martial arts in general but I have nothing against the genres, I just haven't seen many of the films. Is this the greatest martial arts film of all time? I think you'd probably see more martial arts in most other films of the genres, I was actually surprised by the lack of fighting but what I was also surprised by, pleasantly that is, was how close to the 70's exploitation films it was. I love the 70's and this film has the 70's written all over it, I think that is why I instantly love itMore
Enter the Dragon Quotes
- What was that? An exhibition? I said Emotional content, not anger. Now try again!
- Don't think... feel.
- Mr Han, suddenly I wish to leave your island.
- It is not possible.
- Bullshit, Mr. Han-man.
- Gentlemen... you have our gratitude!
- You have offended my family and you have offended the Shaolin Temple.
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