Enter the Dragon: Bruce Lee × 5
- The Way of the Dragon
- aka Return of the Dragon)
(Meng long guo jiang
- Hong Kong1972
- Bruce Lee
- 99 DCP
- August 8 (Saturday) 8:30
- August 9 (Sunday) 4:00
- August 10 (Monday) 6:15
- August 14 (Friday) 8:30
“Lee’s real masterpiece [is] probably The Way Of The Dragon, the only movie where he ever had full creative control.”Tom Breihan, A.V. Club
Martial-arts megastar Bruce Lee lands as many goofy gags as he does body blows in The Way of the Dragon, his only quadruple-threat film as writer, director, producer, and star. A worldwide box-office smash that broke records in its native Hong Kong, the action-comedy hit has Lee as Tang Lung, a disciplined kung-fu expert from the New Territories who travels to Rome to help a family restaurant rid itself of a crime syndicate muscling business away. Nora Miao (a regular opposite Lee and, later, Jackie Chan) is the restaurant’s fed-up owner, whose doubts about Tang are allayed once she witnesses his fists, feet, and nunchucks of fury firsthand. “Seven-time U.S. and world karate champion” Chuck Norris (as he’s billed in the opening credits) plays Tang’s final show-down opponent; their epic brawl in the Roman Coliseum is legendary, as is the no-mercy strike that removes a tuft of hair from Norris’s chest! The film’s playful seesawing between silliness and sensational street fighting would set the template for countless martial-arts movies to come.
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