Starring: Bruce Lee
Directed By: Robert Clouse
In 1973 Bruce Lee starred and produced arguable the best martial arts film ever made, Enter the Dragon. Directed by Robert Clouse, the film was a joint American and Hong Kong production filmed in Hong Kong, premiering in the United States just one month after Lee’s death (July 20, 1973). The story is about a martial arts master named Lee played by Lee, who is offered to fight in a private tournament, located on a private island, by a British agent investigating the crime lord, Han. Lee agrees to enter the tournament, after learning the person responsible for his sisters death is one of Han’s bodyguards. The film co-stars John Saxon playing Roper, a martial artist with a gambling addiction who also is recruited to fight in the tournament, and Jim kelly as Williams, a Vietnam war vet, also a martial artist recruited for the same tournament. Saxon, was a black belt in judo and shotokan karate, while Kelly owned a dojo in Los Angeles, California. Lee would travel to the Island entering the tournament, defeating everyone he faced during competitions, while sneaking out at night investigating the premises. Williams is accused of being the one sneaking throughout the premises at night, and is beaten to death by Han. Lee sneaks out again on another night, this time getting caught by Han’s guards and imprisoned, forcing him to finish the tournament by having to fight Roper. Roper refuses to fight Lee so Han calls upon all his men to attack them both, however the islands prisoners were set free, and come to assist in the fight against Han’s men. Lee goes after Han who hides inside a museum, puts on an iron claw, and uses the mirrors on display to attack Lee. The two engage in an epic battle, with Lee getting badly injured by Han’s claw. Lee retaliates by breaking the mirrors which led him to close the distance and defeat Han. The movie would end with Roper still alive after surviving the battle with Han’s men. The film has been widely regarded as the most influential action film of all time. Hands-down, the best martial arts movie ever made, with 5 out of 5 stars, easy.