June 8, 2014
Movie Night: Enter the Dragon.
Review #587: Enter the Dragon.
Bruce Lee (Lee), John Saxon (Roper), Jim Kelly (Williams), Ahna Capri (Tania), Shih Kien (Han), Robert Wall (O'Hara), Angela Mao (Su Lin), Betty Chung (Mei Ling), Geoffrey Weeks (Braithwaite), and Bolo Yeung (Bolo) Directed by Robert Clouse.
This was the first Chinese martial arts film to have been produced by a major Hollywood studio, which was written by Bruce Lee, who was already famous across Asia due to such films as The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, and Way of the Dragon, and this made his legacy spread to the United States, although he would die before the movie would be released. So how is the movie? Really really good. The movie kinda feels like a comic book, with loads of action, a fortress with a villain who (spoiler!) has a claw hand with a row of mirrors, and let's not forget the tournament. In fact, one of the lines in the movie references this, and that's another strength, the effectiveness of the actors. Lee is awesome in both acting and kicking the snot out of henchmen, and Kelly and Saxon are great together when teamed up. The action is a sight to behold, staged by Bruce Lee himself, and it looks great to watch. The villain isn't exactly anything new, but his claw is awesome. The one part of the movie at least everyone knows is the hall of mirrors sequence, which is not only cool, but also really well directed by Robert Clouse. It's a chilling and effective scene, and the fight scene that accompanies it is also good. This is, to be perfectly honest, an awesome movie. Go watch it even if purely for the action, and you'll come out entirely satisfied.
Overall, I give it 9 out of 10 stars.