#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Enter the Dragon revolves around 3 main characters; Lee, a man recruited by an agency to investigate a tournament hosted by Han, since they believe he has an Opium trade there. Roper and Williams are former army buddies since Vietnam and they enter the tournament due to different problems that they have. It’s a deadly tournament they will enter on an island.
Plot: A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.
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Still a classic three decades later
Long held to be the grand-daddy of all martial arts films, Enter the Dragon was recently re- released on DVD with the full treatment digital restoration, a few short scenes added back in, and interviews with all of the surviving cast, plus some extras about the film and a few interviews with Bruce Lee.
Most of you have probably already seen it, as it’s thirty years old, but even though the film is almost absurdly steeped in the 70s, it still holds up remarkably well. Aside from dangerously wide lapels and some corny era-related dialogue (most notably delivered by Jim Kelly, the film’s only African American). Enter the Dragon still delivers the same powerful punch it did three decades ago.
Of course, back then, it was merely the best martial arts film. Now, however, it is the chief testament to the grace and skill of Bruce Lee, and the only one of his four films that he had any sort of creative control over and you can see the difference between this and his Hong Kong films easily.
Lee does a Tony Danza and plays Mr. Lee, a shao-lin warrior who is recruited by a foreign government (it’s assumed to be the English but is never explicitly stated) to infiltrate the island of a megalomaniac martial artist named Han (Kien Shih) who holds tournaments to find the best martial artists in the world. And because that’s not enough motivation, it’s also revealed that Han’s bodyguard, Oharra (Robert Wall) killed Bruce’s sister three years ago. So, like every Lee movie, there is a personal vendetta involved, and like every Lee film, Bruce’s character asks forgiveness from his family for the deadly violence he is about to unleash. Along for the ride are gamblaholic Roper (John Saxon) and ghetto survivor Williams (Kelly).
The plot seems like a contrivance now, but that was before it was copied to death in the last three decades. It’s actually a plausible and somewhat clever excuse to show people what they came to see Bruce Lee repeatedly kicking butt. From the opening fight scene (against Sammo Hung) through the fabulous finale where Lee single-handedly takes on half the island, the movie is a joy to watch on the physical level. It’s the world’s greatest martial artist at his peak, in a showcase perfectly designed for him. It was an ideal if unintentional shrine to the man.
Lee is not merely content to let us watch him bash people, though; some of his philosophy penetrates the movie, which is probably the real reason why Enter the Dragon has stayed so fresh so long. Lee talks about spirituality with a young charge and even gives us an amusing and illustrative lesson in his ‘art of fighting without fighting’ which is the credo of any real warrior. Lee also shows us the flip side; the show-offs and power-hungry who are only in it for the physical and material advantage. He takes care to show us how debased they are before dispatching them, however.
While Saxon and the rest of the cast are perfectly acceptable (Jim Kelly overdoes it a bit, but oddly that fits the film), Lee is terrific in this piece. Bruce Lee was a riveting performer and nowhere is that better demonstrated than in this movie. It’s a testament to his legacy that three decades later, no one has come close to his skill, and people are still stealing ideas from him (Kill Bill, etc.). It gives one pause while watching Enter the Dragon to think of just what Bruce Lee could have accomplished had he lived.
I suppose those who don’t like martial arts wouldn’t care for this film, but I’ve seen it convert even unbelievers before. Lee is that good, and that charismatic, that you can’t help but be drawn to him. Certainly his greatest film is worth checking out again on this spiffy new re- release. Even if you’re not the biggest martial arts fan, how often do you get to check out a legend at the top of his game?
Last great Hurray (sort of)
The man born in the year of the Dragon (as was I, different decade) makes his final movie – well final complete movie. Because he had shot some scenes for Game of Death, but since there was no script, because it all was in Bruces mind, this does count as the last one for many people and fans.
The fact that Bruce could always add to the previous movies he did only makes one sad – thinking about where he might have ended up. Game of Death also gives us some insight … it’s just a shame, a big shame.
Many great fight scenes, but also looks into Bruces mindset – like when he schools a student of his. It might feel like he’s being too rude to him, but he’s teaching him – with a bit of tough love. Helping him if possible. There is also the scene on the boat – “the art of fighting without fighting”. It may sound like a plattitude and the way the scene plays out may not work entirely, but it is fun to watch and it gives you the mindset he is in.
One of the biggest surprises is John Saxon, who really comes off as quite the fighter. I don’t think many expected this from him – even with Bruce as mentor or teacher or whatever. Then you have the end fight (boss fight) … which is quite incredible. The way it was shot, the way it was staged … really inventive and really well made.
So a classic – there is a version with some added material (not much), that is on the Criterion Collection. What again surprised me a little was that there was nudity in this as well. I guess as a kid I never cared about that stuff – and why should I have? There are more interesting things here to discover and enjoy overall – no offense.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min), 1 hr 39 min (99 min) (theatrical) (USA), 1 hr 26 min (86 min) (VHS release) (USA)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Director Robert Clouse
Writer Michael Allin, Bruce Lee
Actors Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly
Country Hong Kong, United States
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS (re-release), Dolby Digital (re-release), Mono (original release), SDDS (re-release)
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 IIC, Panavision C-Series and Angenieux Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,325 m (Sweden, cut version), 2,450 m (Sweden, uncut version), 2,110 m (Sweden, cut version)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5254)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm