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One of the most excellent martial arts films ever, not the least because it starred Bruce Lee. He had a definite talent for choreography, even though the film is a bit less than mediocre in all other aspects. Still, for me this is an all-time favorite.
Not quite as good as Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, but still an awesome martial arts flick. Bruce Lee is really incredible to watch, and I wonder if any of today's martial arts icons could match him.
It's a little bit too cheesy, and I don't understand why they dubbed teh film, considering all of the actors spoke english, but nevertheless, an entertaining ride.
Had RT made the "lists" capable of going past 100, this would be my 101.

Pro: Lee!!! The kung-fu action. The zooms. The pans. Saxon. The hall of mirrors. The flashbacks. The fun sound effects.

Con: A cobra that sounds like a rattlesnake? Come on...it isn't the hardest film to make.
Enter the Dragon
even though i still haven't seen all (of the few) films that Bruce Lee made, i'm pretty confident that Enter the Dragon is the only one that's truly good. surely it has problems with poor dubbing, but at least it's not anywhere near as bad as it is in his other films.. but in a way, some of the charm of these films is their poor dubbing. a childhood favorite, Enter the Dragon is still very entertaining. the story isn't really anything to write home about, but it does have its fair share of excellent action set pieces, a very decent villain and of course Bruce Lee at the very top of his game. it also features one of the most memorable final showdowns in the history of action films and that's of course the infamous mirror room duel. if you've never seen a Bruce Lee film before and would at least want to see one before you die, this is most definitely the one to see. what are you waiting for? chop-chopThe Birdcage
i don't know if this film is considered insulting for playing on the usual stereotypes of gay men but i have to say i find it absolutely hilarious, and it's mostly because of one man, Nathan Lane. here he plays the "woman" in the couple, opposite a surprisingly restrained Robin Williams and he's absolutely hysterical in every sense of the word. the whole sequence of Williams teaching Lane to be a man's man is a riot! Lane's got a good cast with him though, including a very funny Hank Azaria as a Latin American maid, previously mentioned Robin Williams and also Gene Hackman and Diane Wiest who plays the conservative parents of the girl Williams' son wants to marry. all of them together, with the terrific screenplay is a match made in heaven, really. so sure it plays on some heavy stereotypes, but i think most straight and gay finds Lane absolutely hilarious in this film. why wasn't he nominated for an Oscar?
Watched Enter the Dragon for the first time today. This is the first Bruce Lee movie I have seen, and I enjoyed it. The action scenes were pretty enjoyable, especially towards the end of the film. The choreography isn't as enjoyable and insane as some movies like Iron Monkey and Crouching Tiger, but this movie is a lot more realistic than those. There was also a few slow moments that sorta bored me, but not many. Bruce Lee is a bad ass, and I would like to see more of him. Good film.

(Since I have many reviews to write, a quick summary and opinion will be made for each film.)

*** / *****

Besides a slight drop in my rating (1/4 of a star), I still concur with every word of my previous review:

Intense, suspensful, and intriquing. Visually, this anime film is near perfection. The storyline captured my interest almost immediately, and, I was highly entertained throughout the entire film, which is a rarity. The plot twist was incredibly clever, never expected it.

Well Come...........
Who kicks more ass than Bruce Lee. No one. And where does Bruce Lee kick the most ass. Enter the Dragon. Nothing more to say
"There is no opponent, because there is no I."
"Destroy his illusions, and you will defeat him."

Director Robert Clouse, whose filmography went on to include such classics as Black Belt Jones, Game of Death, The Big Brawl, and we use the term loosely, and later laughers like Gymkata and China O'Brien, brings us this film starring legendary Bruce Lee which just doesn't stand up when viewed with our modern eyes.

While some may point to this film as a classic example which spawned many imitators, we are not convinced it is anything but an anachronistic curiousity.

We found this review helpful in putting some appearances in context.

So let's get into it. Lee's sister (Angela Mao) gets killed by Oharra (Robert Wall), henchman of evil Han (Kien Shih). Han holds a combat tournament every three years on his private island where international intelligence thinks he is running a drug and prostitution ring, and they convince Lee to take up the task of infiltration. With dual motives and a villan out of a James Bond film, the deep complexity of the plot will astound and confuse.

Enter Roper (John Saxon), who is on the run from loan sharks.

Did we mention Black Belt Jones? Here comes Williams (Jim Kelly), who is reflects on the time he had to style his karate on some bigoted white cops with badly overdubbed voices.

Speaking of dubbed over voices, there were quite a few in the film. That of Han and Mei Ling (Betty Chung) could be marked up to language barriers, but even the dirty racist white cops and other characters are done over.

Speaking of the legendary action, many punches and kicks are shot from over the shoulder, and blows are landed offscreen. In all, despite his charisma, we found the Lee action rather weak.

Arrving at Han's island for the tourney, the three heroes are offered some ladies for the night, and the Professional Stranger mentioned interest in what was a skillfully wrought scene of nudity to make us sure there was hot sex action. One woman sits on William's bed, shot from behind so that the curve of her breast is highlighted in nimbus, without showing the highly offensive nipple. In the foreground corner, a plushly naked ass sashays by. We didn't think he could appreciate such.

For those interested, Roper bags the house madam (Ahna Capri), who plays lamely as a lover interest.

Lee goes for info, being the disciplined master of kung fu, and orders up Mei Ling. The film would have us believe he did so because she threw a dart into an apple Han tossed him at the opening banquet, but we think it was because she is the only character that has a second name.

Lee and Williams go for a late night stroll on separate missions, and make short work of the house guard. This leads into some spots of entertainment to follow.

Enter Bolo, the musclebound monster of mayhem, and the offending guards are now shown in next daylight to be some pasty wimps who are demolished by the raging creature of Han.

Lee gets revenge for his sister on Oharra with the big kick the topples several onlookers in a humourous moment. That isn't enough for disgraceful Oharra, who pulls a couple bottles out of his pants and moves for a kill. Lee dispatches him with a kick and a jump, landing on his chest and we focus on the famous face of death. Hilarious.

Blah Blah Blah...stuff happens.

The scene leading to William's death features the memorable line "Man, you come right out of a comic book" as he addresses Han, seeing some of his cronies entering the room to attack. He was called in and confronted about the night raid, and given chance to join the evil drug pimp. William's didn't give the info, so died a man. Funny how we have to see Han take off his gloves before we are to notice that he has a freakishly stiff left hand. Williams kung fu was all about "lookin good, man", but Han looks the lion as he destroys him amid laughing drug wenches in psychedelic surrounded servitude.

"We are dealing in corruption," he later tells Roper, in probably the best shots of the movie, as they walk through the underground lair with grim prisoners forlornly gripping the bars, and bowing bluesuited workers tending the bubbling pots of drug nastiness.

William's beaten body is shown hanging from the ceiling, and Roper is offered a chance to join Han. He accepts, but we found earlier that he can't drop a guillotine on a fluffy cat, so there are some things he just won't do...

When Lee invades the underground, we have to give credit to two women portrayed as drugged out lunatics. One woman scratches the plastic walls of her cell, saying "help me help me", and another spend the whole scene but a dead blank stare that is simply classic. Good job by bit players.

More kung fu and some nonsense with a snake. Lee sends the morse code message out for some official help, and does some more kung fu (btw, call it whatever you like...Lee would so "it is no style"). Eventually, he happens down the exact wrong spot in the whole cavern, where doors enclosing a tiny space slam shut on him. That Han knows how to plan an underground cavern.

Back out to the field, and Roper is ordered by Han to fight Lee.

This he cannot do. It seems he cannot do more than borrow money from loan sharks and run tournament betting scams (shown earlier).

So, Roper, we will give you somebody you can fight.


It looks bad for our jaded hero Roper at first, as Bolo gets him in an armbar that would quickly crush an ordinary fighter, but a quick bite on the leg release the hold. From there, the previously awesome Bolo gets easily dispatched. A key blow is landed from a suspiciously long leg of Roper, who kicks his man straight up into the face when he had been lying on the ground an instant earlier What happened? We thought Bolo was badass!

Han goes nuts, and spews gibberish as the assembled white kimonos charge forward against Lee and Roper in trickles, then in waves, but nobody can lay a glove on the superstars.

Han's hand changes start to become focus, as he and Lee square off amid the crowd. The first is a silly looking tiger claw, complete with a little orange rug on the back. He manages to scores some scratches on Lee, but is turned back but several lightning blows shot over the shoulder (again and again).

Score one for the white kimonos! One gets a punch in on Lee...and then gets hammered into defeat.

Always somewhere to run to, Han retreats to his temple. Conveniently appearing black kimonos, the response to the call for aid, help the surprisingly standing Roper (all this time he was the only opponent for all those white kimonos), so Lee can follow.

SMASH. The glass case broken, and the wicked hand of knives reminiscent of X-Men's Wolverine (hmmm...which came first? Wolverine, AIMC tells us) is screwed on, and we are treated to some funny jumping and screaming action. Again, despite scoring some cuts, Han is driven back.

Into the room of mirrors, which AIMC thinks we have seen on an old Spidey cartoon, and the opening quote comes back, as Lee cocks his head to listen to his thought of it. (ha!) Destroy his illusions. Break the mirrors. Ugh.

Only problem with that is that it looks nothing like a confusing hall of mirrors, and there is even a wall with several hanging racks with clothes on them. Wouldn't that give you a bit of perspective in the room? heh heh

Han gets a slow-mo kick to the face that is funny, and then the biggest laugh of the film as Lee kicks down on what is obviously a mock Han head on a stick...killer camp, baby!

Movie over. Lee gives Roper thumbs up.

Kien Shih is the highlight by far. The best lines go to Jim Kelly. The film is vastly overrated.

This entry reflects what it might be like to watch a campy movie with us. We would be laughing at the parts we mentioned. We took notes during the commercials.

Overall, it was a humourous experience, but to recommend to any but the most diehard of Bruce Lee fans would be a mistake.

Heavy Sedsey: There. Are ya satisfied, UH? Credited sources, embedded links, and lots of windy plot description.

Urban Hermit: It is more in keeping with what a film review should be, but still is quite sloppy itself in many places.

HS: Reflects the title.

UH: We can strive for much better.

BP: It took too fucking long, for shit's sake.

UH: We can do better with far more economy.

BP: This won't be a fucking pattern. I will see your face rubbed in in shit for wasting this much of my time.

PS: ??? I don't know if I can go for that.

AIMC: Limits on PS? tee hee...gotcha! It's been a day of wins for me!

BP: I haven't forgotten you either, fucknose.


HS: I think I prefer the short entries.
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