"It ain't 'Last Hurrah for Chivalry' but good fun none-the-less"
Guess what era this movie's from. Afros, clothing that only Ru McClennahan would wear, and a soundtrack that's reminiscent of Phillip Glass duking it out with The Ohio Players in an opium den. Super-impose the blueprints for an unrealized Bond flick, add some KungFu cliches like bad dubbing and a blood oath, and maybe you don't need to see this flick. But what fun is that?Ya know what? I kind of enjoyed Enter the Dragon. If anything, it's alot of fun watching these dorky shaolin guys running around with 'Hawkwind' haircuts. Doubly funny is watching John Saxon trying to pull off round house kicks without pulling a groin muscle or throwing his back out. I really found it hard to believe that Johnny Anglo could whup up on a steroid pumped Asian guy whose pects were so big he could've snatched John's toupe off with one nipple flinch. But hey, I'll take any opportunity to exercise my suspension-of-disbelief gladly.
Bruce Lee and Saxon are pretty much the saving graces in this one. Enter the Dragon seems like a half-assed attempt by the 70's American film industry to make a no holds barred martial arts movie. Maybe I saw the edited version? The plot itself is almost a rip-off of the James Bond formula. British Intelligence (no, that's not an oxymoron) wants Lee to infiltrate a crime boss's island hideaway and gather evidence of his drug operation. Luckily, the crimeboss conveniently holds a huge 'kumate' style fight every 3 years, in which martial artists from the world over can compete on said crimeboss's ultra secret island hideaway-AND WITH NO BACKGROUND CHECKS WHATSOEVER! And because no guns are allowed on the island, this naturally means more slo-mo kill scenes, naft jumpsuits, and ass whooping for everyone! It was a bit odd, however, watching this big climactic battle scene between two armies with no guns or explosions.It's no CHINESE CONNECTION or GAME OF DEATH, but it does have Bruce Lee waxin Jeet Kun Do, not to mention a beefed up heavy named Bolo who reminds one of an asian Peter North. I don't know why, he just does.