Enter the Dragon (1973) - Action, Crime, Drama

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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Robert Clouse
Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 27 out of 278 found boring (9.71%)

One-line Reviews (149)

Very stylish and intense martial arts action film .

: Slow, dubbing is off (Cantonese to English), slow, other sound effects, slow, plot, slow, inaction-action, slow, Non-cultural connection, sloe, and no vestiges of differences in property & personal RIGHTS.

In fact it gets pretty boring in the sense that Lee literally kicks & punches everyone out with one hit & no-one can even hit him once.

I think I find fights in movie that take place in an arena of some sort to be a little boring.

The story is weak and only moments of comic tone stop it being either dull or heavy with pretentious kung fu philosophy.

Overall: It's worth watching, no matter what.

The sheer charisma and energy of Bruce resonates through the screen even over thirty years later and is quite compelling to watch.

He was never in mortal danger, even the villain was too slow and a joke !!!

Today martial art films scream speed with the rate the actors perform their moves, whereas kung fu movies of back then were a bit slower.

There is nothing like a good Martial-Arts movie, there are so easy is find entertaining.

It has some slower aspects and the story is pretty simple.

The action is still crisp and snappy, although the audio is outdated and out of sync with the video at many parts.

The film is very much a slow burner, taking its time with the action allowing the audience to really crave for Lee to unleash a fury that the audience know he is capable of and when he does start crushing skulls it's doubly satisfying.

All in all this is a great movie I enjoyed it I recommend it to every one who loves film, sense-less Kung fu, or just need a couple hours to spare.

Excellent fight scenes, all choreographed by Bruce Lee himself, are very entertaining.

Here the narrative is as weak as it usually is in this type of thing and only a nice comic tone to the first half makes it more enjoyable than it should have been.

Bolo Yeung versus Bruce Lee and then add more sinister champions to make Enter the Dragon a little more highly enjoyable film.

Of course, modern movies by Jackie Chan or Jet Li feature far more extraordinary action, stunts and breathtaking fights.

Bolo Yeung is amazing as always, and is amazing here, and boy was he ever intense, i loved him!

Exciting final struggle with reminiscences to ¨Lady of Shangai¨ by Orson Welles, where is developed the action into a maze of mirrors.

The score of the movie is also very similar, with a lot of bass and very slow.

While slow to get started as with most Bruce Lee movies, it is nothing short of a kung fu masterpiece.

it is very enjoyable to see the deceased master (master hardly begins to describe it) in action.

Han is another villainous cliché whose every word is either a threat or a pompous boast, he even carries around a white cat that he continually strokes!

Because I don't like Kung-Fu movies, I didn't really like this movie, and i found it repetitive and boring.

This film features the most exciting and well choreographed fight scenes ever.

Nonetheless essential viewing for its flaws, it still remains the least engaging and least enjoyable of the (too few) films in Bruce Lee's career.

I got this movie on DVD two days ago and I watched it last night and I think it is a very awesome and very entertaining movie.

32 years later Mr. Kelly's afro and smooth approach to life are still entertaining as hell.

Bruce is so fast, they had to slow down the film so you can see him.

Although it wasn't my favourite, some aspects of the film were definitely worth watching.

The action scenes are clear, well-shot, engaging, and creative, and the credit goes all to Bruce Lee, who acted in most of the action sequences as well as choreographing and directing the scenes.

The story is mediocre and everything is predictable.

The story is predictable.

In the opening scenes Bruce consults with his master who it must be said is a total martial arts film cliché complete with wispy glued on beard and a bad dub that uses phrases even the Wu-Tang would find too corny to sample.

John Saxon proves to have some good fighting skills while Jim Kelly has a big enough personality to be a compelling actor.

I'm not sure whether I'd describe it as "the greatest martial arts movie ever made" (as many people do), but it's certainly one of the most entertaining I've ever seen.

On the second side, the combat scenes has something, like a taste of realism, thrilling and suspance, that make them exclusive, never emulated so far; this thanks to the coreographies, edited by Bruce Lee himself.

The action is frequently exciting, and in the film's most memorable fight we have Lee taking on a couple of dozen enemies without breaking a sweat.

Enter The Dragon is a fierce, exciting adventure where Lee goes undercover as an agent in the island of Han.

It's a fun packed Kung Fu master class with all the usual mix of comedy fighting heroics goodies baddies and fast paced one liners.

As for the film, the predictable plot makes the filler scenes between the action sequences a bit boring (especially if you've seen the film dozens of times as I have).

Enter the Dragon (1973) *** 1/2 (out of 4) Highly energized and all around exciting martial arts flick has Bruce Lee playing a top-notch fighter who travels to an island where he enters a competition with some of the best fighters from around the world.

I really hated this film, it was completely pointless.

Enjoyable blend of Asian and North American tropes .

This was worth watching because of the potential it shows in adr.

This is a very enjoyable movie with Bruce Lee showing off his awesomeness in his last ever film.

But then there's Bruce Lee, with his intense gaze and body coiled to spring like a predatory animal.

At what must have been the height of his physical condition one can only imagine the greater success which would have surely awaited him following this film's huge success which I'm positive it would have achieved even without the commercial boost, if that's the right word, from the unexpected death on release of its main star.

The story itself is relatively formulaic and predictable, and brings nothing new or unique to the viewing audience.

John Saxon in an excellent performance as Roper, and some of the action scenes are just breathtaking.

Worth seeing for the sets and settings alone, this film is driven well by its fast pace, simple but engaging story line, and the sheer talent of Bruce Lee.

We can always pick holes in this film but on the whole it was massively enjoyable with never a real dull moment.

Producer Paul Heller was dull, dry, and had little to offer.

Just that shot, alone is worth watching.

So, while Lee's initial Hollywood effort has since been eclipsed it's certainly still worth watching in order to witness the birth of a legend.

The ending is very dry.

I love kung-fu movies, and knowing that this film was the forefather of many made it that much more enjoyable to watch.

The highlight of the film was Bruce Lee, aside from his limited acting capabilities, his fighting choreography made the film for what it is, other than the pointless shrieking.

Jet Li defies gravity and his movies are jaw-dropping entertainment, but for sheer martial-art realism and simply breathtaking execution, there's Bruce Lee and no one else.

)Enter the Dragon is a very entertaining movie, despite its shortcomings (or, rather, in part because of them).

Bruce is on top of his game here as always and delivers a stunning martial arts performance.

No matter how many martial arts movies one may have seen, the action segments featuring Lee in this picture are still unmatched in the sheer breathtaking jolt they provide.

The fight scenes were intense, and the imaginative scenes like the mirror scene made for really good suspense and creative shots.

Did I say SLOW?

And, finally, the movie is really intriguing, that is probably the most important thing when you choose to watch a good movie.

The only real flaws with the film are some restrictions due to budget, and some poor overdubs on the sound track, but otherwise, I have always found this to be an enjoyable movie.


Each character was developed, the simple plot played out well, the fight scenes were simple yet intense to watch, the story had depth and most importantly, the main characters were played well.

Bruce lee is AMAZING as he always was,and is amazing here, he is extremely intense, and scared me with that look on his face, he is also very likable, kicks that ass, and was just amazing overall!

Throw in another scintillating Lalo Schifrin soundtrack and you have a terrific action movie built around an exciting and charismatic star who sadly didn't get to see its great success which would surely have taken him into the superstar bracket.

It's enjoyable, well-crafted and iconic.

It has a plot that is basically the cliché of almost every action/martial arts movie: regain honor and get vengeance.

The action is is so exciting and intense!

Besides engaging in fights, Lee is to infiltrate the villainous Han's evil crime syndicate.

We have some occasionally interesting dialogue between characters, but I felt it was kind of boring at times, even the fighting!

It's fun, intense, funny at times, Enter the Dragon is, without a doubt, one of the greatest films of all time.

Lively and suspenseful musical score by Lalo Schifrin.

The last completed feature film from one of the world's most renowned martial arts masters brings about a highly action packed plot with some splendid choreography and for many, showcased some of Bruce Lee's best talents in acting and art.

I finally saw Enter the Dragon all the way through (in the past I caught snippets on late night TV and never got into it before changing the channel, no offense), and I must say this is indeed a highly likable, engrossing, and influential film, for all the right and wrong reasons.

As a film it is not a particularly good one, and the main reason for this, apart from some tin-eared dialogue and a plot which is at times difficult to follow, is that its star, whatever his merits as a martial artist, was not particularly good as an actor.

The movie is a lotta fun to watch, but when you take a look at the plot, it seems a little tedious.

As a child, one of my first and best friends was a strange boy who worshiped the ground Bruce Lee walked on - cutting his hair, taking Jiu Jitsu and Hapkido lessons, and often stalking around with that intense animal fury that only Lee could create all over his 7 year old face.

Here, the plot is weak and predictable.

That is part of a Policeman's job; stopping and challenging individuals who seem to be engaging in suspicious behaviour.

His fight with O'Hara (Bob Wall) is intense.

In other words, Bruce Lee movies are possibly cinema's most entertaining movies ever made.

The film has a few genuine flaws; the major one being the supporting hero's played by John Saxon and Jim Kelly are bland and far less believable than the legitimate fighter Bruce Lee.

Some striking camera work, the famous close-ups of Lee's intense expressions after dropping his enemies, and some unique use of point-of-view during fight sequences.

The pace isn't always good, and when no ones talking or fighting, it tends to be a little slow...

"Enter the Dragon" is not known for acting, but at least it has a very good plot and exciting fight scenes to boot.

Undoubtedly Lee's most recognised film and an enjoyable watch with an array of future martial arts stars.

So intense, so rich.

They were so predictably one-sided and compared to all the fights choreographed by Jackie Chan, really slow paced.

The tournament setup I think was the key to making this an entertaining martial arts near- classic.

It is a boring, dubbed piece of garbage that is not a great film.

Action scenes are amazing and highly entertaining.

What an entertaining movie.

They say Bruce had to slow down his speed considerably for this so he doesn't seriously hit Karate champion Bob Wall.

In my opinion, most of the fighting scenes were boring.

Bruce Lee was a riveting performer and nowhere is that better demonstrated than in this movie.

Simple and predictable, yet enjoyable, sure to entertain anyone with any interest in the genre.

Bruce really seemed to be into his role here, and he was quite intense, plus the last fight is great!.

It is pretty dull and often involuntarily funny.

This is an absolute must-see for Martial Arts- and Cult-cinema fans, and I also highly recommend it to anybody else.

Like a Refensthal images of a Hitler rally, and aided by Schifrin's insistent, garish score, such discipline en masse makes for a thrilling, ominous, spectacle.

Art direction, by Shen Chien, and colourful widescreen photography (lighting by Gil Hubbs, camera operation by Henry Wong and Charles Lowe) are excellent, and Lalo Schifrin contributes a suitably rousing music score.

Enter the Dragon is an enjoyable film on most aspects.

Let's face it this is a kung fu movie, and what the audience wants is exciting fight scenes.

It was fascinating to watch kung-fu legend, Bruce Lee, mix with funky basslines and American characters.

The exciting action sequences, the martial arts mastery of the star...

Every single minute of the movie was exciting to watch.

Sure, his rep may be a bit padded because he died just before the premiere of this film, thereby enhancing his legend somewhat, but come on, the guy moved so fast he had to slow everything down so that the cameras could capture it.

Slow, disjointed, speaking off with lips .

Enter the Dragon, a pioneer of modern kung-fu films, mixes Asian culture with tradition North American tropes to create an exciting blend of action and culture.

The variety of exciting fights are skillfully choreographed and there's not too much downtime from the action either; even in the flash back we have some excellent female butt-kicking.

He takes Enter the Dragon from an average martial arts movie with a fairly predictable plot and makes it something for the ages.

But there is some other things to say: we all know Lee is an excellent athlete in martial arts (and in this movie he exceed himself, with outstanding performances): but the surprising thing is that both Kelly and Saxon was trained incredibly well for this movie; particularly John Saxon performs at the end of the movie some combat scenes that are at least exciting!!

Enjoyable .

Unlike his successors, what Lee excelled at was the intense physicality and drama of his performance.

The music score has a lot of bass and very slow.

Enjoyable overall, very atmospheric for its time .

Still, it's exciting action as we all came to expect, flawlessly executed and devastating to those who get in the way of Lee when he's doing what he naturally did.

Enter the Dragon as some memorable things: such as the nunchuck scene, the main theme (it has a 70's feel in it), Jackie Chan as an extra, Bolo's bone breaking action, Robert Wall, Jim Kelly and John Saxon Bottom line: This is not the best Bruce Lee movie ever made, it's just an enjoyable martial arts movie, if you want to see a REAL Bruce Lee film, try Way of the Dragon or Fist of fury.

The plot was very good and the camera angles were engaging throughout.

The fight choreography is entertaining for the most part, although the basement sequence and the final fight with Han both drag on longer than they need to.

But even if you ignore the fact that Lee sadly passed away mere weeks after shooting finished and before the premiere even aired, Enter the Dragon is still a gloriously entertaining movie despite the occasional moment of cheese.

And Enter the Dragon is one of his most stunning vehicles.

The finale makes up for the boring and underwhelming scenes throughout the rest of the movie, that's for sure.

Though it's legacy asserts otherwise, 'Enter the Dragon' is the least enjoyable of Lee's films, the least authentic, and the least motivated.

Kien Shih is absolutely compelling as the evil Han, even if his fight scenes are, at times, a bit less convincing than the master Lee's.

Bruce Lee's unexpected death could factor in to that.

And to this day, Enter the Dragon is still as entertaining as it was 28 years ago.

In my opinion this movie is worth watching.

On the point of dispatching O'Hara, for instance, Lee ruminates on his immediate aggression with an intense self absorption, killing his sister's murderer through a contemplation of inner pain almost impossible to describe.

) Yawn.

And it's even dull as a sort of contemporary dancespectacle.

Aside from the skillful fighting (which is so stylized and contrived anyways),the plot is silly and the situations are implausible.

this movie was definitely worth watching!

That kick to Han's head was intense.

The fight in mirror room is so confusing and perfectly shot.

Even if Enter The Dragon is now more than 40 years old, it is still fascinating.

Seeing as many of today's movies take from Into the dragon, it is definitely worth the watch.

Overall Enter the Dragon is a very enjoyable movie with plenty of fun to be have.

An entirely enjoyable stupid movie, best taken while inebriated.

While many will complain that the plot is poor,what in fact is the truth is that since then,more kung fu/action films of a similar nature have been produced,and so looking back today it seems kind of lame and predictable.

Chans's fight with Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez in Wheels On Meals is so fast paced,competitive and realistic that it blows away anything Lee ever did in his movies and Let's not forget the climax excellent and brutal climax of Police Story.

The final third, marked by a famously fantastic sequence in which Lee takes on around fifty foes in quick succession, is incredibly entertaining.

What follows is some boredom and an annoying dubbed conversation.