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Enter the Dragon Reviews

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September 3, 2017
I watched this when I was younger and I liked it Bruce Lee was cool in this movie but now I'm not a fan of the movie because I just find it to old-fashioned
August 21, 2017
Superb martial arts action, with great supporting players, definitely Bruce Lee at his finest!
July 24, 2017
Lee's genre defying martial art epic is an utter blast to behold. It's slick, well told and the action sequences are truly stunning to see unfold. It's restricted to what it should and needs to be, never excessive or unnecessary in any scene. Lee is magnificent and really epitomises the action hero throughout with memorable quips and iconography that have stood the test of time. It's climax and finale is a thing of utter beauty.
½ July 22, 2017
When it comes to martial arts no one has achieved as much popularity as pop culture legend Bruce Lee, even if only appeared in five feature films with only one being an American production: The influential "Enter the Dragon". Considering its impact in pop culture, is this the classic many people claim it is?

Lee is a highly skilled martial artist that is tasked by the British intelligence to investigate a crime lord called Han, by attending martial arts tournament.

When you watch any genre movie you have different expectations: With horror we expect good scares, comedy with good jokes, spy movies with cool/memorable gadgets and tremendous action sequences, etc. So when it comes to martial arts movies we expect some well-choreographed action sequences and to be highly entertaining and "Enter the Dragon" succeeds at this. Being a B movie, this Bruce Lee film has a cheesy plot, wooden acting, hilariously dated special effects, forgettable characters and eye roll inducing dialog. However despite its numerous flaws this film stands out and deserves its reputation. "Enter the Dragon" has outstanding fighting scenes (which is not surprising considering that most people in here are martial artists but still, the results are tremendous), spectacular stunts, the score is fantastic, the pacing is spot on, and overall it is quite entertaining. However the greatest thing about this film isn't the martial arts themselves but the incredible production design as it is quite simple but surprisingly effective and unforgettable. From the simple tournament setting to the villainīs iconic lair, this production design has been imitated to death ("Man with the Golden Gun" and "Mortal Kombat" being the first ones that come to mind) but never duplicated.

"Enter the Dragon" is a well-made film that not only fulfills its duty of giving the audience fantastic action sequences but it also shines due to its production design. A highly entertaining film worth seeing.
July 4, 2017
3/5 stars

Pretty cheesy. At times it came across more like an Austin powers movie than a serious movie.

There were a few stunningly good fight scenes with lots of cheesy scenes.

I probably should give this a 2.5 but given that it was the first Bruce Lee movie I've seen and this is supposedly one of his best I'm giving a slight sympathy boost.

I'd take Drunken Master over this any day.
June 6, 2017
The movie that made Bruce Lee a worldwide legend, Enter the Dragon is a colorful romp with memorable characters, a straightforward tournament story, amazing Martial Arts sequences, and Lee's unmatched philosophy, presence and skill.
May 13, 2017
The first true martial arts movie I took the time to watch and perhaps the last. I don't understand why it is so highly regarded. There is no real story, so unless you enjoy cheesy Kung fu you will have a hard time watching this movie. (First and only viewing - 1/23/2014)
½ May 2, 2017
Hears a martial arts movie with Bruce lee he is a good fighter in this movie! Kids should not see this
April 26, 2017
Awesome kung fu movie
½ March 20, 2017
Very good and awesome. Some of the best martial arts action I have seen, ever. Bruce Lee is so cool in this movie. A must-see.
½ January 18, 2017
Bruce Lee at his glorious best. A straightforward but exciting martial arts spectacle with the perfectly cast Jim Kelly and John Saxon in support. The top notch villains add the icing on the cake.
January 3, 2017
Anyone saying anything bad about this performance is obviously biased. Anyone saying anything great about this movie is also being biased. Bruce Lee had a way of affecting his viewers in that way. Captivating his audience with legendary skill.
December 30, 2016
The movie title was mysteriously dramatic and Chinese martial arts was an unknown deadly art of self-defence besides boxing-style fist punching and football-like kicking. The European name 'Bruce' together with the Chinese simple-spelt 'Lee' was an unforgettable name for the most famous kung fu fighter to start the kung fu movie era. The villain was a classic James Bond gangster-style/ radio commentary-style dialogue as every word can be heard clearly, as if the voice is heard inside a noise-proof studio room ;;
Super Reviewer
October 23, 2016
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).
½ October 7, 2016
16/02/13: What an athlete
September 19, 2016
If it wouldnt be for Bruce Lees quicker than quick moves, this movie would just be a James Bond look-a-like. Sadly the story is totally week, though some of the action pays the bill.
September 18, 2016
Danny Peary's book Cult Movies makes these points:
-kung fu pics took a position in reaction to Communist Chinese film narratives: "Chinese of same social standing - but of different martial arts schools - fighting one another; with heroes working individually to defeat a villain who does not represent an oppressive government... but is a a gangster, racketeer, and a murderer, whom the government has no love for either."
-the flaws in the film: Lee unhappily departed from his trademark (i.e.taking the side of the little guy) to be a James Bond figure; inconsistencies in the story; no time element.
-what sets Lee apart from other 'chop socky' stars: no root philosophical base, own stunts. And oh yeah, Lee is "the most charismatic sexual film personality of the period". The film objectifies his body and makes sexual metaphors about him.
September 11, 2016
The best action movie that one can watch with 0-end full thrill.
September 10, 2016
Enter the Dragon has good action sequences with the last fight being excellent, that entire ending sequence is superb, the plot is solid and the film is very well made and quite entertaining, but it is still a bit overrated as the characters are rather forgettable, the film is too simplistic and some of its parts are very problematic. It's a good film, but far from a great one.
Super Reviewer
September 7, 2016
Bruce Lee's final film and one of his finest. Enter the Dragon has brilliant fighting sequences and beautiful Asian set design, but the addition of blaxploitation was not the wisest idea, which ruined the mood.
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