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zjpbl4| Enter the Dragon
ID:
1973
Comments:
Director: Bruce Lee, Fred Weintraub, John Little, Robert Clouse, Tom Kuhn
Screenplay: Bruce Lee, Bey Logan, Davis Miller
Producer:
Cast: Bruce Lee, George Takei, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Baker, Alex Ben Block
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 102
Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Special Edition
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  May 2004 Discs:  (DVD) [$26.98]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  The last film completed by Bruce Lee before his untimely death, "Enter the Dragon" was his entrée into Hollywood. The American-Hong Kong coproduction, shot in Asia by American director Robert Clouse, stars Lee as a British agent sent to infiltrate the criminal empire of bloodthirsty Asian crime lord Han (Shih Kien) through his annual international martial arts tournament. Lee spends his days taking on tournament combatants and nights breaking into the heavily guarded underground fortress, kicking the living tar out of anyone who stands in his way. The mix of kung fu fighting (choreographed by Lee himself) and James Bond intrigue (the plot has more than a passing resemblance to "Dr. No") is pulpy by any standard, but the generous budget and talented cast of world-class martial artists puts this film in a category well above Lee's earlier Hong Kong productions. Unfortunately he's off the screen for large chunks of time as American maverick competitors (and champion martial artists) John Saxon and Jim Kelly take center stage, but once the fighting starts Lee takes over. The tournament setting provides an ample display of martial arts mastery of many styles and climaxes with a huge free-for-all, but the highlight is Lee's brutal one-on-one with the claw-fisted Han in the dynamic hall-of-mirrors battle. Lee narrows his eyes and tenses into a wiry force of sinew, speed, and ruthless determination. "--Sean Axmaker"


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