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Worth A Look: 18.92%
Average: 6.76%
Pretty Bad: 1.35%
Total Crap: 2.7%

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Enter the Dragon
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by Slyder

"Leeís Greatest Still Shines After His Death"
5 stars

After the mixed success of his third effort, The Return Of The Dragon, Lee started to work in his next project, The Game Of Death. Shooting was taking place for four months in India when all of a sudden Lee was offered an American offer to appear in the lead role in a new film called Enter The Dragon. Lee wasted no time and decided to interrupt the Game Of Death shooting and work 100% in what was to be his breakthrough film in the US, and what a breakthrough it was. Enter The Dragon cemented the final block for Bruce Lee to be proclaimed as the greatest martial artist of his era, if not, of all time. The film is nearly perfect, with a pretty tight but predictable script, superb performances, and ass-kicking fighting scenes. The film remains a classic in the martial arts genre; sadly, Lee didnít live to see it shine.

Han (Shih Kien) is an evil drug lord and murderer of young girls but has never been directly proven for it. So Lee (Bruce Lee), whoís a Shaloin monk, is hired by the Interpol to infiltrate Hanís island through a martial arts tournament that he stages every three years, in which he invites martial artists around the world to participate, to find out and uncover hard evidence so they can arrest him. And he doesnít go alone, two American martial artists, Roper (John Saxon) and Williams (Jim Kelly) are also invited. Roper is a hard-hitting gambler that owes money and needs to find cash to pay back, while Williams is a wanted man in the US. Lee also goes for personal reasons, since it was Hanís bodyguard OíHara (Robert Wall) who killed his sister. You know what happens next.

The plot is somewhat of a cross between James Bond and lots of 70ís cheese, and itís pretty much predictable. It kind of leaves some pretty loose ends when it comes to Hanís ďdaughtersĒ since theyíre never mentioned again in the film. And the storyline is practically pure formula, and yes, Han is character wise, a carbon copy of Dr. No. Still, the script scores high at character development. The flaws take some shine off the film, but it keeps itís momentum thanks again to Leeís martial arts sequences.

The fight sequences are choreographed to perfection, and never miss a beat, and the cinematography is superb, catching every kick and every punch with accuracy. Hell, they even make John Saxon look like heís fighting even though he doesnít know jackshit about martial arts, still, itís pretty much fun to watch him act. Jim Kelly, even though heís not an actor, still manage to put on some cool hard knocks, but of course, the man who steals the show is no one else but Lee, who again gives out some of the best fighting throughout his career. His re-match with Robert Wall (he fought him in Return Of The Dragon) is a must, along with his classic fight with martial artist Shih Kien (Han) in the room of mirrors. Again, thatís cinematography and acting at itís best. Robert Clouseís direction manages to keep the film under control, despite the scripts predictability; he injects the suspense in the precise moments and the rest is history.

In the end, the film isnít a masterpiece, but it damn well delivers, thanks to the three leads. The film remains though, a classic, due to the great fight sequences that has. Itís arguably the best martial arts film ever made if not, one of the best. Unfortunately, Lee would die of a brain edema a month before the film was released, his status of a hero would soon pass into legend due to the great influence he had on the martial arts genre. Heíll be sorely missed. (4.5-5)

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User Comments

3/06/15 stanley welles a grotesque masculine fantasy 1 stars
9/25/13 David Hollingsworth Bruce Lee's finest hour 5 stars
7/21/13 Ronin That movie made history 5 stars
7/10/11 Ron Estes The Grinch is certainly that. He's also a moron. This is a classic 70's style Kung Fu epic. 5 stars
6/29/09 budo The best of its kind 5 stars
5/16/09 action movie fan well made with great fight secens but characters are somewhat thin 3 stars
12/21/06 Arjan Bruce lee is a really legend... 5 stars
12/13/06 Hapaboy For those who didn't like it, you have offended my family and the shaolin temple 5 stars
6/22/06 Arty Do it again! 2 stars
5/21/06 mr.mike super cool bruce 5 stars
4/28/06 Sugarfoot How can you not love this Bruce Lee classic? 5 stars
9/23/05 VMANIC1 Don't think, feel, it's like a finger pointing the way to the moon 5 stars
8/17/05 ES Brutal, efficient and bloody = best of Bruce Lee 4 stars
3/15/05 Ronin it's after this movie that martial arts become popular in America and Europe. 5 stars
2/21/05 miamivice wood can't return the punch 5 stars
1/05/05 magaafi your enemy is an illusion. break the image, break the enemy 5 stars
8/07/04 sridhar ilango greatest of all movies 5 stars
5/05/04 dead next door great fight scenes. 3 stars
2/05/04 victor Greatest fighter of all time. Greatest martial arts film ever. What more can you ask for? 5 stars
11/29/03 john the one Karate movie that is everythingpeople say it is -Lee becomes an icon with this film 5 stars
10/21/03 Alan Vies with Donovan's Reef as the stupidist movie I love. Great fun. 5 stars
8/23/03 I Would Sloppily paced and full of plotholes. Worth watching only for Bruce Lee's best role. 4 stars
8/04/03 God Best of the best 5 stars
7/06/03 Jazz X - Bond fan Great fights, great music and a villain with artificial hands AND a white cat! 5 stars
3/18/03 Redbeard Bruce Lee is surprisingly convincing in this film as well as a great fighter. 4 stars
11/26/02 Charles Tatum Lee certainly entertained 4 stars
9/02/02 King Richard Everybody was kung-fu fighting. Dadadadadadadadada 5 stars
7/25/02 murat this movie is bad.Scream bruce lee! 1 stars
3/02/02 R.W. Welch Formulistic plot but peerless Kung-Fuer Lee is great fun to watch. 4 stars
2/10/02 Neal Junior the best martial art film of its' time 5 stars
2/01/02 Andrew Carden It Was OK...Not As Amusing As Other Asian-Fight-Flicks. 3 stars
1/21/02 Spencer Lent Best martial arts movie of all time 5 stars
11/13/01 The Little Dragon Bruce. Lee. Forever... 5 stars
9/29/01 Phoenix This is the best martial arts movie ever made. Bruce Lee will be a legend forever. 5 stars
9/18/01 Butterbean Jet Li and Jackie Chan needs to take note and make more "Wahhhh!" noises. 5 stars
9/03/01 My Name My Comments 5 stars
7/28/01 Rick Ochoa I own it you should too!!! Bruce Lee at his best!!! 5 stars
6/15/01 Law Firm of Dewey, Cheatam & Howe Ode to an icon; duplicated dozens of times, never topped 5 stars
4/23/01 Luke Brucey's da shit! his legend will live on! 5 stars
3/03/01 Bruce gotta love it 5 stars
12/09/00 Cristopher Revilla one of the best martial arts flicks ever 5 stars
11/10/00 bruno really really kool movie 5 stars
10/21/00 sifurod enter the dragon is the bomb for it blows all other Gung Fu flicks to bits 5 stars
5/28/00 Lynn McCallum Bruce Lee faster thean lightening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
4/26/00 Ghost@Shell it is sacrilege even to mention BruceLee next to to VanDamme so shut up plz people. 5 stars
7/07/99 Ben Leostein Rating: *** (out of ****) Category: "Good" 4 stars
6/15/99 Dylan One of the best movie of all time. Despit the almost complete lack of plot! 5 stars
1/24/99 Meepos. Set the tone for action films to come. Is that a good thing? 4 stars
12/29/98 Schizofrenic Bruce Lee's the man! Screw Van Damage, Bruce Lee forever! 5 stars
12/28/98 AnimeVision The Greatest!! Bruce Lee can kick eveyone's ass,I mean everyone dammit!! He's the man!! 5 stars
12/15/98 Binky Hardcore action fun. Bruce was intense. 5 stars
10/27/98 Silent Rob The 'Citizen Kane' of Kung-Fu flicks. (See the DVD version, if possible!) 5 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo Van Damme could not hold a candle to Bruce at his best. And this is Bruce at his best. 5 stars
10/01/98 {{{OZ}}} Awesome. After sitting through Van Damme, this will make you feel good again. Top notch. 5 stars
10/01/98 Paul Over-rated, it's ok, but Bruce Lee's got nothing on Michelle Yeoh. 3 stars
9/28/98 Brandon B. Jackie Chan? Wha? Van Dame? Wha? This is the epitome of martial arts. 5 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball We'll never see another Lee. Well, we did, but we won't see *another* another Lee. 4 stars
8/23/98 James McCauley The best martial arts film of all time. Hands down. 5 stars
8/23/98 Mister Whoopee Vintage Lee. Ya gotta miss the man. 5 stars
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  09-Nov-1975 (R)
  DVD: 18-May-2004



Directed by
  Robert Clouse

Written by
  Michael Allin

  Bruce Lee
  John Saxon
  Jim Kelly
  Ahna Capri
  Kien Shih
  Robert Wall

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