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Enter the Dragon (1973) [May. 25th, 2005|05:15 am]
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Do not concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.

- Lee (Bruce Lee)




Bruce Lee.


I can't help but concentrate on Bruce Lee.

I first watched this film when I was a kid. I watched it multiple times during high school. In college, I would show it to friends who had never watched Bruce Lee.

I rented the DVD because I own the VHS. I wanted to get as many screen captures as I could. I spent all last night hitting Ctrl+I, going to Photoshop, and going back to the film.

My userinfo features a snippet of the scene between Oharra and Lee.

For me, this is the testosterone-laced fighting film.

You can throw at me all of these films on this list.

Enter the Dragon, to me, is the film of the genre.

It's the little things that I love, especially the dialogue.



Never take your eyes off your opponent . . . even when you bow.

- Lee (Bruce Lee)



Everyone can identify against the big bully known as Bolo (Bolo Yeung).


Oh snap.


Bolo looks like The Incredible Hulk. Bolo, however, is evil-spirited.

The film is shot well. The dialogue works well. The story is good.

The facial expressions add a nice touch.


Hoo!


Plus, I remain forever entertained by Williams (Jim Kelly).


Say What?




Williams (Jim Kelly): Mr Han, suddenly I wish to leave your island.

Han (Kien Shih): It is not possible.

Williams (Jim Kelly): Bullshit, Mr. Han-Man!



However, of all the positive features of this film, I return for the action.


I return for Bruce Lee.



You can give me all the bullet-time, blue-screen, and Keanu-Reeves-Knows-Kung-Fu.

This film choreographed some of the best fighting footage in cinema.

This film featured one of the best martial artists of the time.

This film wins.


I keep coming back to this movie . . . again and again . . .


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[User Picture]From: haxorize
2005-05-25 10:18 am (UTC)
Excellent movie. I'm also a fan of the less heralded Fist of Legend with Jet Li. Not nearly as old school, but it does have the infamous "taking on an entire class of black belts" scene.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-05-25 08:59 pm (UTC)
For me, what does it every time is . . . Bruce Lee.

I've watched as many interviews, home videos, written words, spoken words, and films as I can find.

A lot of his early work seems to be a mystery . . . the Cantonese films listed on his bio have bare amounts of cast information . . . only Bruce is listed in some of the early ones. Were they TV shows? Probably not. Who knows?

Of all Bruce's films, this one is the best meld of components to a timeless action film.

I've watched some of Jet Li's films. With all due respect to his body of work, his fighting is fantastic. He's had a long and fortunate career, like Jackie Chan.

With Lee's short life, there left no room for error. He built up to the moment of Enter the Dragon. He was fortunate enough to watch the initial post-edit screening of his film before he passed, according to his wife.

It's Bruce, his ideas, his thoughts, his works of film, and his demonstrations that leave me with a special place in my heart.

It does help that I watched this as a young lad. I'm somewhat biased because of this.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-05-25 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yes.

The Oharra vs. Lee fight scene is pretty amazing, to me.

There are plenty of Lee moments which are worth a lifetime of Kung Fu in this film.

Did I mention the choice facial expressions?

Wiyyyaaaahhhhh!
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[User Picture]From: ryceratops
2005-05-25 03:54 pm (UTC)
i havent seen it in forever. i think i am going to netflix it.

is this the one where Bruce bitch slaps that white dude on your info page? that was sweet.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-05-25 09:01 pm (UTC)
It is one in the same.

Oharra vs. Lee is second in fantastic fight cinema to the later battle in the underground opium lab.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2005-05-25 05:17 pm (UTC)
"Man, you come right out of a comic book."

That was one of my favorite sayings for a long ass time. I still say that this is the greatest action film ever made.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-05-25 09:01 pm (UTC)
When I was younger, my favorite scene remained the pre-morning ritual where Oharra enters the room of Lee.

"Out . . . siiide."
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2005-05-25 11:52 pm (UTC)
lol, hell yeah. I have the special edition VHS, which is one of my favorites that I own.
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