Film 123 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1973’s “Enter the Dragon”. Staring Bruce Lee, in his final movie before his death on July 20 1973, this film was released in cinemas six days after his death and is the first Chinese Martial Arts film to be produced by Hollywood. This is only film with Bruce to make the list and I very much enjoyed this. Never really had the chance to watch this style of genre but I now can say that I have. Very much enjoyed all the fighting scenes. Especially the last one between Bruce and evil villain Han. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing more of Bruce’s film so if anyone knows any that I should watch then let me know. The book that I use that gives all the info about each film I watch says that the martial arts performed was 100% real and no wires/effects were used. An example of wires/effects being used in martial arts would be 2000’s “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” (which is on the list). Would defiantly recommend this. Also, I never mentioned it but try doing a drinking game to this film for every villain that gets killed. I counted at least 150! So with that in mind, if you have seen this film, or any other of Bruce Lee’s work then let me know what you thought of them in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1973’s “Enter the Dragon”
Film – Enter the Dragon
Year – 1973
Director – Robert Clouse
Written by – Michael Allin, Bruce Lee
Staring – Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly
IMDb Rating – 7.7/10
My Rating – 8/10
Length – 102 min (1h 42min)
Genre – Action, Drama, Crime
Welcome to Hong Kong
So… This is what MMA was like back in the 70’s – No cage, no mats! Just concrete slabs
Also, Bruce Lee is ripped!!!!
Bruce Lee wins with an armbar
I can’t tell if this has been dubbed over or not
Go visit “a man”
“A man” is called Brathwaite (I think that’s how it’s spelt)
He’s here to tell Bruce about a Martial Arts Tournament
What’s with the over the top sound effects?
Bruce dares someone to kick him
Stop thinking and be focused!
Now we get the opening credits after 8 minutes
All I wana go is get across the street!
Don’t they have taxis in Hong Kong? – Just men carrying people on buggies
Han’s bodyguard, O’Hara, just punched through 6 flaming slabs and broke them all in a training video
That woman died from a heroine overdose then Han threw her dead body in the sea
Han has his own island just to have tournaments
We sent a female, Mai-Lin, to help you but no one’s spoke to her in two days
Flashback to when Bruce Lee met someone
That’s how you stop an attack! Kick them in the balls!
That explains how O’Hara got his scar on his face!
She just kicked that man off a cliff and into a river
Escape through the pig farm!
And now she’s thrown another man off the roof
The dreaded eye rake! That’ll stop you
Now I’m trapped! Guess I better surrender myself to you
Just kidding! I’ll stab myself with some broken glass
Before Bruce leaves, he pays his respects to his sister and his mother’s graves
Bloody groundskeeper is breaking my concentration
Back to the present and Bruce is sailing through the harbor
Time for another flashback to Mr Ruper playing golf
Don’t you hate it when your golf ball ends up in the trees/rough
NEVER INTERUPT MY GOLF GAME!!
You’re my secretary! Have $63
Time for a different flashback with Williams
Why are the police officers trying to arrest him? All he’s doing is walking to the airport
Ok, he has now stolen their cop car
Back to the present
Mr Ruper meets with Williams and chat about why they’re there
To Han’s Island!
Let’s kill time by betting on insects fighting
To show how much of an a-hole I am, I’m gonna abuse those who aren’t white
If he’s meant to be from New Zealand why does he sound like a mobster?
You fell into my trap and now you’re stuck in the sea in a paddle boat
Welcome to Han’s Island
Nothing like a sumo match to warm up the crowd while circus acts take place around ringside
I have the feeling Mr Ruper is the type of person why likes betting but loses every bet
He’s also acting a little shady
Don’t think Williams like the food
My women are so deadly they can chop apples in midair
Why are there two men wandering around with a box of scorpions?
Williams gets a visit from some women to see who he’ll shag
Bruce gets a visit from the remaining women but he refuses
Finally, Mr Ruper gets the visit and takes one of the women to shag
Back with Bruce who gets Mai-Lin
She says that all the women we just saw will be killed by morning
Time for the morning ritual
We train by punching stones over fire
Time for the tournament to commence
Williams is in action first and wins round one
Time for round two and Williams wins again
Why does that doctor have a Hitler mustache
Time for Mr Ruper
And Ruper loses round one within two seconds
He then loses round two in four seconds
One last try
Two seconds and Mr Ruper is down
Finally at round four, Mr Ruper wins!
Let’s celebrate by getting a massage from a woman stood on my back
And the nudity level has just risen
Meanwhile, Bruce is preparing to break into the palace
Worst security guards ever!
Bloody guard dog nearly blew my mission!
A secret entrance hidden under the plant pots! Genius
This has now turned into a James Bond style of film
Meanwhile, Williams is preparing himself for battle for the morning
Time to see if our guards are actually usefu and put them in a match
Let’s just say that they all lose
Did he break his neck by pulling on his hair?
I’m so touch that I can break you in half
Time for Bruce Lee to be in action…. against O’Hara!!!!
I will imidate you by punching through wood
Bruce wins round one within a second
Round two ends the same
And round three goes to Bruce
O’Hara tries cheating but loses round four and five
O’Hara is getting owned
Kick to the chest sends O’Hara flying into the crowd
Let’s see how you cope when broken bottles are involved
Double footstomp pretty much kills O’Hara
Tournament Day two is now over
Williams pays a visit to Han in his office
Williams is getting accused of attacking his guards last night
Han has the worst guards ever as all of them get beaten
He then challenges Han to a fight!
The fight has spilled into the ladies only room!!
All of the women are too busy smoking weed to show concern
And that’s Williams dead!
What the hell? Han has a metal hand!
Now it’s time for Mr Ruper to visit Han
He has a collection of hands!
Including a skeleton hand
I’m clearly evil! I have a cat! Watch me stroke it!
Mr Ruper just saved that cat from the guilotine
Wait! It’s a secret lift! Very sneaky
We have a tattoo parlor in my secret rooom
So.. all these women are Han’s daughters and guards!!!!
Here we keep our boiling pot of chemicals
Han wants Mr Ruper to represent Han as an American for his people
We also keep those who tried breaking onto the island behind bars
So… That’s were Williams is! Getting sent into a pond to be disposed off
Back with Bruce whos back to being sneaky
Who left this snake in charge of the secret door?
Bruce just disposed of the snake and is inside the secret area
Better use that snake I caught to my advantage and scare away those in the commication room
Bruce looked so bored watching those guards escape
How dare you rip my jumper!!!
Time for some slow motion martial arts
Did I mention that Bruce Lee is ripped
Damn! The elevator has broken down!
Now the guards have sticks but that doesn’t stop Bruce
Thanks for the nun-chucks! Now you’re really fucked!
Shit! I’m trapped! Better make myself at home
Meanwhile, back with Brathwaite
Time to return to the tournament
Mr Ruper and Bruce Lee are here
It’s Mr Ruper vs Bruce Lee
Hi Mai-Lin! Nice to see you’re around still
It’s now Mr Ruper vs Bolo
Bolo has the armbar locked in
Mr Ruper escapes by biting his calf
Mai-Lin has set the prisoners free!!!
Mr Ruper is now in control of this match
KICK TO THE BALLS!!!!!
And that’s Bolo eliminated
Now it’s Mr Ruper and Bruce Lee vs. EVERYONE!!!
Seems like Ruper and Bruce are in control
Han’s plan isn’t working
Here come the prisoners to make things even
SOMEONE’S BROUGHT A CHAIR INTO THE MATCH!
It’s complete chaos
Time for Han to bring out the bear claw hand
It’s Bruce vs Han!!!
Han has lost his hand but instead of getting it back he runs away
Let’s battle with my wolverine hand
FUCK YOU I’M WOLVERINE!!!!
Double leg takedown results in a scratch to the face
Scratch to the chest and Bruce responds by licking his own blood
FOOT TO THE JAW! And Han is down
That kick nearly took Han’s head off
Fuck this, I have a spear from a statue to use instead
Time to escape through the spinning wall
How has a room filled with mirrors?
For someone covered in cuts, why is Bruce not pissing blood everywhere?
Han’s is down!
Who’s voice is that Bruce is listening to?
Bruce has now decided to break ever mirror he can find to mess with Han
Han’s is dead from getting kicked into the spear he tried using earlier
Meanwhile, Mr Ruper and the prisoners have won their fight
Here comes Brathwaite and Co with helicopters