I just got finished watching Enter The Dragon for the first time. I still have no idea why it was called Enter The Dragon. I don’t watch many movies from the ’70s, and this was my first Bruce Lee movie. I couldn’t believe it, all those exaggerated “karate” noises we all take for granted and laugh about — they came from him!! “HeeeeYA!” “OooooWA!” “Aiiiiiii!” It’s incredible. I thought a couple of times he sounded like a chicken. Bf reckons a monkey. Either way, it was cool fun. And of course the martial arts in the film is brilliant. I’ve heard so much about Bruce Lee’s strength and skill that I was a little worried I would be disappointed. No fear.
Parsons: What’s your style?
Lee: You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.
One thing that did really annoy me was the guy from New Zealand. First of all, his accent. He sounded like an American ‘Postman Pat’. Secondly, he was git. What was that about? When they first mentioned he was from NZ bf was like “why did they put a guy from New Zealand, why not Australia?” Then when he turned out to be such a twat it was like “ooooh. It makes sense”. Don’t wanna offend the Australians. Or maybe way down at the bottom of the world we’re a more mysterious country, one where it’s more probable that all our postmen are giant ugly kung fu experts.
I think I can safely say that the R16 rating was for boobies, (drug use?) and violence, with at least one main character meeting a sticky end (which as bf pointed out, is actually depicted on the front cover of the DVD). I loved the psychedelic wavy effect of the flashbacks, the James Bond style music, and Williams, the black guy with the af’ walking through the Hong Kong streets.
Han: We are all ready to win, just as we are born knowing only life. It is defeat that you must learn to prepare for.
Williams: Don’t waste my time with it. When it comes, I won’t even notice.
Han: Oh? How so?
Williams: I’ll be too busy looking goooood.
Two scenes come to mind. One particular fight scene on a boat – between two bright green praying mantises (manti?). The other was Lee’s sister running away from a pack of men. She seemed to be pretty lousy at running away, but her fighting was mean and I liked the way she looked scared the whole time, even while fighting. None of this screaming and waving yoru arms around, or angry faces making noises like a big hairy wrestler, just a scared girl trying to get away – a scared girl with mad skillz trying to get away!
Some of the plot points were slightly puzzling (wow, I was about to give one away!), and the lip syncing was pretty entertaining in itself, but I really enjoyed it and at just 98mins, why wouldn’t you give it a go and watch the last (and many say best) film “the great” Bruce Lee ever made?
Director: Robert Clouse
Starring: Bruce Lee, Kien Shih, John Saxon, Jim Kelly
Enter The Dragon @ IMDB