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Title Enter the dragon / directed by Robert Clouse ; produced by Raymond Chow, Fred Weintraub, Paul Heller ; written by Michael Allin and Bruce Lee.

Published United Kingdom : Warner Home Video : Warner Bros. Entertainment, 2009.
©1973.

Copies

Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank DVD  DVD 7357  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Edition Uncut special edition.
Physical description 1 videodisc (99 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes DVD version of motion picture originally released in 1973.
Credits Cinematography by Gil Hubbs ; music by Lalo Schifrin.
Performers Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Ahna Capri, Bob Wall, Shih Kien, Jim Kelly.
Summary Lee is a Shaolin martial artist from Hong Kong who possesses great philosophical insight into martial arts as well as physical prowess. He receives an invitation to a martial arts competition on an island organised by the mysterious Mr. Han. Lee learns from his Sifu (teacher) that Han was also once a Shaolin student, but had been expelled from their order for abusing their code of conduct. A man named Braithwaite from British Intelligence approaches Lee and asks for his help in an undercover mission. Han is suspected to be involved in drug trafficking and prostitution. However, since Han's island is only partly in their jurisdiction, they are unable to conduct any formal investigations - Han will not allow firearms on the island, both to impede assassination attempts and to prevent the international authorities from gaining a justification to launch a raid. Han runs a martial arts school to protect his drug operations, as well as holding his tournament every three years to recruit international talent to expand his criminal business. Lee agrees to help Braithwaite, believing his efforts will also redeem the Shaolin honor that Han has tarnished. However, Lee then also learns from his teacher that Han's bodyguard O'Hara had been involved in the death of his sister, Su Lin. Despite feeling ashamed of himself, Lee then finds himself compelled on a mission of revenge as well. Lee arrives on Han's island and receives a warm reception. Joining him are other competitors including Roper, a down-on-his-luck white American playboy-gambler on the run from the mob, and Williams, an African-American activist on the run after defending himself against two racist white policemen in Los Angeles. Roper and Williams are old friends who also have a betting scam going: one will under-perform until the other can get a bet on the outcome at good odds. Both win their first fights easily. That night, the competitors are all offered girls of their choice by Han's assistant, Tania. Williams chooses several women, while Roper cunningly chooses Tania (as a mutual attraction is apparent between them). Lee asks for a girl he saw earlier in Han's entourage. Lee knows she is Mei Ling, an agent whom Braithwaite had placed on the island to gather intelligence. However, she has been unable to escape Han's strict observation. That night, leaving Mei Ling in his bedroom, Lee begins searching the island for evidence and finds a secret entrance to an underground base, where drugs are being manufactured and tested on unwitting prisoners. He runs into Han's guards but manages to take them down and flee before they can identify him. He is seen by Williams, who is outside for some fresh air and practice, despite strict rules against being outside after dark. The next day, Han warns the competitors about wandering out of their rooms at night. He punishes his guards for failure in their duties by leaving them to the hands of the sadistic Bolo, Han's chief bodyguard. Moments later, Lee is called to his first match and his opponent turns out to be O'Hara, who is clearly outclassed and eventually killed when he attacks Lee with broken bottles. Announcing that O'Hara's dishonorable attack has caused him to lose face very badly, Han ends the day's matches. Later, Han summons Williams and accuses him of attacking the guards the previous night. Williams denies this, claiming he wasn't the only one out at night, but declining to name Lee. As the argument heats up, Han summons his henchmen; Williams takes them out but Han himself is also skilled and beats Williams to death with his cast iron prosthetic left hand. The next day, Han takes Roper on a tour of his underground base and invites him to be his representative for his heroin smuggling operations in the United States. Roper is reluctant, but Han shows him the mutilated corpse of Williams, hinting that Roper will face the same fate if he refuses to cooperate. The same night, Lee breaks into the underground base and gathers sufficient evidence to warrant Han's arrest, but sets off an alarm while messaging Braithwaite. After fighting with dozens of Han's guards he is eventually lured into a trap and captured. The next morning, Han asks Roper to fight Lee as a test of his loyalty. Roper refuses, so Han has him fight Bolo instead, but Roper defeats him. The infuriated Han then orders all his men to kill both Lee and Roper. Despite being hopelessly outnumbered, Lee and Roper manage to hold off the enemy until Mei Ling releases the captives in Han's underground prison, who join them in the fight and even the odds. Amidst the chaos, Han attempts to fight his way out, only to have Lee chase him to his museum, where Han retrieves a bladed replacement for his hand. After realising he is outmatched in the museum, Han retreats into a room full of mirrors, which proves disorientating for Lee, until he smashes all the mirrors to foil Han's illusions and allow him to defeat Han, impaling him on his own spear. When Lee returns to Roper, he finds that most of Han's men have been defeated and rounded up, but Roper also finds Tania's lifeless body lying amongst the wreckage. Lee and Roper exchange a weary thumbs-up just as military helicopters arrive in response to the distress call.
Audience Classification: 18.
Original Version Originally produced: Hong Kong : Concord Productions Inc., Golden Harvest Company, Sequoia Films, 1973.
System notes DVD ; region 2.
Language notes English, French or Italian dialogues ; subtitles in English, French, Italian, Dutch, Romanian, or Arabic. English for the hearing impaired and Italian for the hearing impaired.
Other author Clouse, Robert, director.
Allin, Michael, 1944-, screenwriter.
Hubbs, Gil, cinematographer.
Schifrin, Lalo, composer.
Lee, Bruce, 1940-1973, actor, screenwriter.
Saxon, John, 1935-, actor.
Capri, Anna, 1944-, actor.
Wall, Bob, 1939-, actor.
Kien, Shih, actor.
Kelly, Jim, 1946-2013, actor.
Warner Home Video (Firm), issuing body.
Warner Bros. Entertainment, issuing body.
Concord Productions, production company.
Golden Harvest (Firm), production company.
Sequoia Films, production company.
Subject Feature films.
Martial arts films.
Criminals -- Drama.
Revenge -- Drama.
Martial artists -- Drama.
Standard Number 7321900211215
Publisher Number D021121 Warner Home Video
Z1 21121 Warner Home Video