Enter the Dragon

Warner Bros. Released 1973




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Movie Summary

Robert Clouse

Enter the Dragon follows Lee as he embarks on a mission to spy on a reclusive crime lord named Han who is holed up on an isolated island. The man responsible for Lee's sister's  - Oharra, also resides on the island. Han is hosting a martial arts tournament with some of the best fighters around and it is Lee's mission to enter the tournament and gather as much information as possible. With no firearms allowed on the island Lee must rely on his formidible martial arts skills to survive.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Bob Graham

    Enter the Dragon goes far beyond the philosophical, of course. Its best sequences, and the only real reason for seeing it again, involve Lee's phenomenal physical and emotional pre...

  • 90


    If you want plot and thespian displays, well, look elsewhere. For action, you can't top this film.

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Action superstar Bruce Lee's consensus best movie and biggest international hit. Lee is a secret agent inflitrating a sinister island kung fu kingdom, battling John Saxton, Jim Kel...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Shaolin Abbott: What is the highest technique you hope to achieve?
      Lee: To have no technique.
      Shaolin Abbott: Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?
      Lee: There is no opponent.
      Shaolin Abbott: And why is that?
      Lee: Because the word "I" does not exist.

    • Lee: A good fight should be... like a small play, but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expand, I contract. When he contracts I expand. And when there is an opportunity... I do not hit. (raises fist) It hits all by itself.

    • Lee: Kick me. (Lao throws a kick) What was that? An exhibition? We need emotional content. Try again. (Lao throws another kick) I said emotional content, not anger. Now try again... with me. (Lao throws more kicks) That's it. How did it feel to you?
      Lao: Let me think....
      Lee: (Lee slaps Lao's head) Don't think... feel. It is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. (Lee slaps Lao's head again) Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.

    • Parsons: What's your style?
      Lee: My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.

    • Williams: (Williams is given a choice of women to spend the evening with) I'll take you darling. And you. And you. And you. Please understand, if I missed anyone... it's been a big day. I'm a little tired.

    • Lee: (Oharra smashes a wooden board in front of Lee) Boards don't hit back.

    • Han: Your style is unorthodox.
      Williams: But effective.

    • Han: (Lee is captured after wiping out many of Han's men) The battle with the guards was magnificent. Your skill is extraordinary.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Budget - $850,000
      Domestic Gross - $21,483,063 (10th)
      Worldwide Gross - $90,000,000 (5th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $99,040,562
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $414,915,254

    • Production Companies:
      Golden Harvest
      Sequoia productions
      Concord Productions Inc.

    • Filming locations:
      Aberdeen Harbour, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, China
      China Sea
      Golden Harvest Studios, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
      Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
      Los Angeles, California
      Tai Tam Bay, Hong Kong, China

    • Taglines:
      1. The first American produced martial arts spectacular!
      2. Their deadly mission: to crack the forbidden island of Han!

    • A 40th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray was released in June 2013.

    • On July 20, 1973, Bruce Lee died at the age of 32 shortly before the movie was released. Doctors diagnosed cerebral edema. When the doctors announced Lee's death officially, it was ruled a "death by misadventure".


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Crime, Martial Arts