Enter the Dragon

Wednesday, November 24 - Saturday, November 27, 2010

Chosen by Jimmy I., projectionist

“Putting an espionage twist on the familiar revenge theme, ENTER THE DRAGON features Lee as a martial arts expert whose sister was killed by drug smugglers. The smugglers’ island is heavily guarded which prevents Lee from easily gaining access until a police agency recruits him for a secret mission there. It turns out that the smugglers’ boss is hosting a martial arts contest which allows Lee and two partners to visit the island as contenders in the championship…

“Rather than being just a weak imitation of the crowd-pleasing films Bruce Lee made in China, ENTER THE DRAGON (1973) — his first mainstream American film — captures all the excitement of his previous Hong Kong hits. In fact, it’s often called one of the greatest martial arts films ever made and one reason is because people who aren’t martial arts fans also enjoy it. By Hollywood standards, the film was a B-movie, yet every aspect of it from the acting to the direction was way above average for an action thriller. And, of course, the fight scenes are mesmerizing and unlike anything previously seen in American films. ENTER THE DRAGON was a huge hit but sadly Lee didn’t live to see this, dying just a few weeks before the premiere.” – Turner Classic Movies

  • Rating R
  • Year 1973
  • Running Time 98 minutes
  • Director Robert Clouse

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