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Enter the Dragon (1973)

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One 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

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Cast

Jim Kelly
as Williams
Angela Mao
as Su Lin
Betty Chung
as Mei Ling
Geoffrey Weeks
as Braithwaite
Peter Archer
as Parsons
Ho Lee Wan
as Old Man
Chuck Norris
as Messenger
Marlene Clark
as Secretary
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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Village Voice
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The only real disappointment about Enter the Dragon is that it is Bruce Lee's last movie.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
TIME Magazine
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If kung fu is now the standard badass language, Enter the Dragon -- featuring Lee's great slow-burn stare -- is the first grammar lesson.

August 14, 2007
Rolling Stone
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Rising popularity of the Chinese martial arts as screen entertainment climaxes in fine crescendo in this violence-drenched actioner.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Variety
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Ripping entertainment overall, with just enough meat for amateur sociologists.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Worth seeing for Lee, but still unforgivably wasteful of his talents.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Enter the Dragon

The quintessential Kung-Fu action flick that made Bruce Lee an international star. Despite being a tad dated, this is still a fantastic action movie through and through. It's well-directed, the music by Lalo Schifrin is great, and the action is fast and well-choreographed. All three of the main leads are also great (Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly).

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris. Even today the world's not ready for the epic-ness of this film.

Joshua Wilburn
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