Today, 45 years after its release, Enter the Dragon remains one of the greatest martial arts films ever made.
It cemented the legend of Lee after his untimely death just weeks before the U. In the late s, Bruce Lee was a martial arts instructor-turned-actor with an eye on becoming a major star after appearances in television series like The Green Hornet and Ironside. Lee contributed to the project on a conceptual level, but Warner Bros. Frustrated and stagnant in America, Lee accepted an offer from Hong Kong producer Raymond Chow to come make martial arts films with him.
Lee was encouraged in this endeavor by Warner Bros. Fists of Fury , The Chinese Connection , and The Way of the Dragon —all of which made him an immediate superstar in Hong Kong, so much so that he had to wear disguises to walk around in public. That was enough to finally convince Warner Bros. Add links. The Arena. Dark . Too Cold Scorpio defeated Kenn Doane.
Singles match. Eight Man Tag Team match. The screenplay title was originally named Blood and Steel. The story features Asian, White and Black heroic protagonists because the producers wanted a film that would appeal to the widest possible international audiences. John Saxon was a black belt in Judo and Shotokan Karate ,  who studied under grandmaster Hidetaka Nishiyama for three years.
They agreed and the script was changed. Rockne Tarkington was originally cast in the role of Williams. However, he unexpectedly dropped out days before the production was about to begin in Hong Kong. Producer Fred Weintraub knew that karate world champion Jim Kelly had a training dojo in Crenshaw, Los Angeles , so he hastily arranged a meeting.
Weintraub was immediately impressed, and Kelly was cast in the film. Jackie Chan has uncredited roles as various guards during the fights with Lee. However, Yuen Wah was Lee's main stunt double for the film, responsible for the gymnastics stunts such as the cartwheels and jumping back flip in the opening fight. Sammo Hung also has a uncredited role in the opening fight scene against Lee at the start of the film.
A rumor surrounding the making of Enter The Dragon claims that actor Bob Wall did not like Bruce Lee and that their fight scenes were not choreographed. However, Wall has denied this, stating he and Lee were actually good friends.
The film was shot on location in Hong Kong. All scenes were filmed without sound: dialogue and sound effects were added or dubbed in during post-production. Bruce Lee, after he had been goaded or challenged, fought several real fights with the film's extras and some set intruders during filming. Argentinian musician Lalo Schifrin composed the film's musical score. While Schifrin was widely known at the time for his jazz scores, he also incorporated funk and traditional film score elements into the film's soundtrack.
The soundtrack has sold over , copies, earning a gold record. Enter the Dragon was heavily advertised in the United States before its release. It was unlike any promotional campaign that had been seen before, and was extremely comprehensive. To advertise the film, the studio offered free Karate classes, produced thousands of illustrated flip books, comic books, posters, photographs, and organised dozens of news releases, interviews, and public appearances for the stars.
Enter the Dragon was one of the most successful films of In Europe, the film initially monopolized several London West End cinemas for five weeks, before becoming a sellout success across Britain and the rest of Europe.
Upon release, the film initially received mixed reviews from several critics,  including a favorable review from Variety magazine. No " with elements of Fu Manchu. While Kelly was a famous martial artist and a surprisingly good actor and Saxon was a famous actor and a surprisingly good martial artist, Lee proves to be a master of both fields. Many acclaimed newspapers and magazines reviewed the film.
Variety described it as "rich in the atmosphere", the music score as "a strong asset" and the photography as "interesting". The review stated "The picture is expertly made and well-meshed; it moves like lightning and brims with color. It is also the most savagely murderous and numbing hand-hacker not a gun in it you will ever see anywhere. The site's critical consensus reads, "Badass to the max, Enter the Dragon is the ultimate kung-fu movie and fitting if untimely Bruce Lee swan song.
Enter the Dragon was selected as the best martial arts film of all time, in a poll of The Guardian and The Observer critics. Enter the Dragon has remained one of the most popular martial arts films since its premiere and has been released numerous times worldwide on multiple home video formats. For almost three decades, many theatrical and home video versions were censored for violence, especially in the West.
In the U. Since , the film has been released uncut in the U. In , a second, remastered HD transfer appeared on Blu-ray, billed as the "40th Anniversary Edition". Enter the Dragon has been cited as one of the most influential action films of all time. Sascha Matuszak of Vice called it the most influential kung fu film and said it "is referenced in all manner of media, the plot line and characters continue to influence storytellers today, and the impact was particularly felt in the revolutionizing way the film portrayed African-Americans , Asians and traditional martial arts.
The film has been parodied and referenced in places such as the film The Pink Panther Strikes Again , the satirical publication The Onion ,  the Japanese game-show Takeshi's Castle , and the John Landis comedy anthology film Kentucky Fried Movie in its lengthy "A Fistful of Yen" sequence, basically a comedic, note for note remake of Dragon and also in the film Balls of Fury.
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In the late s, he also starred in the low-budget films Black Samurai , Death Dimension , and Tattoo Connection He did appear in two episodes of the TV series, Highway to Heaven , in and Kelly was married two times: from until to his college sweetheart Marilyn Dishman, and later to Marcia Bentley, from to his death in From to , Kelly dated film actress Rosalind Miles.
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