Monday, 01 October 2007 |
The year is 1910. In China, the country is beset by foreign occupiers
whose oppressive air of Western superiority rankles the population.
Exacerbating this situation is the inability of any Chinese fighter to
defeat a Western combatant. At a Shanghai combat exhibition, sprightly
and adept Huo Yuan Jia (Jet Li) steps into the arena and quickly makes
mincemeat of three talented competitors. With only one match left to
win, Huo faces off with a Japanese combatant (Nakamura Shidou)
sponsored by the British and the story flashes back to thirty years
Although young Huo’s father (Collin Chou) is a powerful martial artist,
he refuses to train his son. However, Huo’s passion for training cannot
be stifled, and he grows up to be a highly-esteemed local Wu Shu
martial arts champion, with a cadre of students and acolytes. His cocky
nature brings him to ruin when he rashly confronts another local
champion over a ...
Friday, 01 September 2006 |
Lee (Lee), an adept martial artist at the Shaolin temple is given a
mission by British agents: enter an exclusive martial arts tournament
on a remote island run by the nefarious Han (Kien), and while there
infiltrate his compound and find evidence of his heroin operation.
Lee’s determination to undo Han is set when one of the Shaolin monks
reveals that Han’s men are responsible for the death of Lee’s sister.
Lee is joined on the island by dozens of competitors, among them Roper
(John Saxon), a gambler in trouble with the mob, and his friend, fellow
Viet-Nam vet Williams, (Jim Kelly).
“Enter the Dragon” is classic 70’s drive-in/grindhouse fare featuring a
simple plot designed to feature as much butt-kicking, ultra-violent
martial arts action as possible. The film, released 3 months after
Bruce Lee’s tragic death, launched Lee into the stratosphere as a
legend and pop-culture icon. Essentially, it’s a riff on ...