Enter The Dragon: VHS Synopsis
The legendary Bruce Lee. Unknown in 1971. Two years later, an international cult hero - and star of the biggest martial arts epic ever filmed, "Enter The Dragon". "Enter The Dragon" takes Lee into the island fortress of a warlord of crime, Han, who carries on his opium smuggling and prostitution activities under the disguise of a martial arts academy. Determined to avenge the death of his sister, Lee penetrates Han's stronghold and enters the brutal martial arts tournament Han is staging. Then follows a visual feast of spectacular martial arts matches that combine skill in karate, judo, tai kwan do, tai chi chuan, and hapkido. Bruce Lee staged these fighting sequences himself, demonstrating experienced awareness of film rhythm and dramatic timing as well as mastery of the martial arts that made him famous. Joining Lee in Enter The Dragon is John Saxon, whose fine martial arts technique comes from long study of karate and tai chi chuan. The film also introduces Jim Kelly, 1971 Inernational Middleweight Karate Champion. Other outstanding martial arts specialists whose talents lend realism to Enter The Dragon include Bob Wall, 1970 United States Professional Karate Champion; Peter Archer, 1971 Commonwealth Karate Champion; Yang Sze, Shotokan Champion of Southeast Asia, and Angela Mao Ying, Black belt Hapkido Champion of Okinawa. Bruce Lee's own peformance, as actor and fighter, demonstrates all the qualities that have kept his reputation alive since his untimely death in 1973. In action, he moves with the speed and confidence of a cat swatting at string. Even his respose, his understated presence is magnetic. The martial arts enthusiasm he helped inspire still continues, and crowds still gather wherever his films are shown. Whatever "star quality" may be, Bruce Lee had it.
Enter The Dragon: Special Wide Screen Edition VHS Synopsis
Twenty-five years following his untimely death, Bruce Lee remains the movies` supreme martial-arts star. And Enter the Dragon, fully restored, in stereo for the first time and containing 3 minutes not included in the original U.S. theatrical release, stands the test of time as the most popular martial-arts epic in film history. This 25th anniversary edition also includes Bruce Lee: In His Own Words, sharing film, video and audio material from the Lee family archives with fans for the first time ever! "Enter The Dragon" takes Lee to the island fortress of a criminal warlord, whose martial arts academy covers up opium-smuggling and prositution activities. To avenge the death of his sister, Lee infiltrates the stronghold and enters the Han's brutal martial-arts tournament - a breathtaking visual feast of competitions fusing skills in karate, judo, tai kwan do, tai chi chuan and hapkido, staged by Lee himself.
Enter The Dragon: Tony's Comments
"Enter The Dragon" is Bruce Lee's first and only big screen American film. Although made back in 1973 the film has lost none of its intensity or impact. It is still fresh and exciting today, even after repeated viewings. "Enter The Dragon" is considered by many to be the greatest martial arts film ever made. Bruce Lee is unstoppable; he is at his peak as an athlete, highly skilled with numb chucks and able to take on 10 or 20 men with ease. Bruce Lee was the definitive martial arts master. He staged most of the fight sequences in "Enter The Dragon" himself. Filmed on location in Hong Kong, the scenery is striking and director Robert Clouse keeps the action moving at a crackling pace. Look out for cameo appearances by future martial arts stars. Jackie Chan can be seen briefly in the cave fight (Lee grabs his hair before breaking his neck), Sammo Hung is Bruce Lee's sparring partner in Lee's opening fight during the pre-credit sequence & Bolo Yeung (The Chinese Hercules) plays a henchman. Sadly, Bruce Lee passed away in Hong Kong three weeks before the film's premiere but "Enter The Dragon" will remain forever as a testament to his genius. With Bruce Lee as the star attraction & excellent support from John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Angela Mao & Bob Wall, plus a music score to die for, "Enter The Dragon" is kung fu cinema at its best.