Bruce Lee was immortalized in his films as a martial arts master and first-class entertainer. ENTER THE DRAGON was the first martial arts film that American audiences had witnessed, and was actually produced in both Hong Kong and Hollywood. Interestingly, ENTER THE DRAGON also set the stage for non-traditional, culturally specific narratives to make their way into Hollywood. <br> <br> Bruce Lee plays a kung fu master recruited by a foreign government to infiltrate the island of a megalomaniac martial artist named Han. Han's bodyguard is also found to have killed Lee's sister, giving Lee a personal vendetta to fight for. The Hall of Mirrors sequence towards the end of the film is now famous, as are Lee's incredibly gymnastic martial arts abilities. This trend-setting film holds up as an entertaining, engaging action movie, more than 30 years later.
While Bruce Lee and Angela Mao Ying are brilliant the film as a whole suffers from a surfeit of heroes. We simply do not need both Jim Kelly AND the highly unskilled John Saxon and their presence shows that Warner Bros didn't trust the drawing power of their Asian star. Watch CHINESE CONNECTION aka FIST OF FURY instead.
This review is the one that Amazon didn't want you to read and it's the reason that I'm currently on "lunch" break. The review I submitted to them was probably very similar to the one below, it's difficult to say since I write on the fly without any notes or prep work, but the point is that the original review contained no naughty words, no ethnic slurs, nothing objectionable at all--unless you consider hinting at the fact that Warner Brothers is racist is objectionable. … more
Enter the Dragon (1973) was Bruce Lee's first (and only) solo big Hollywood production. Too bad he never got to see the fruits of his labor. He passed away during the film's post production (don't fret, two more official Bruce Lee films were made after this one. Despite all of the years of hard work and finally making it to the big times he wasn't around long enough to enjoy it. Even though Robert Clouse is credited as director and another person is credited for writing the screenplay. This film … more