Enter the Dragon

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Enter the Dragon aka. The Deadly Three, originally titled (Blood and Steel) is a 1973 martial arts action thriller film co-production with Golden Harvest and Warner Brothers studios, directed by Robert Clouse; starring martial artists Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly, as well as actor John Saxon. This is Bruce Lee's final film appearance before his death on July 20, 1973. Six days after Bruce Lee's death, the film was first released on July 26, 1973 in Hong Kong.

In 2004, Enter the Dragon was deemed "culturally significant" and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.[3]

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Overview

It was the first Chinese martial arts film to have been produced by a major Hollywood studio and was produced in association with Golden Harvest and Lee's Concord Production Company. The film is largely set in Hong Kong.

Among the stuntmen for the film were members of the Seven Little Fortunes, including Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. This was arguably instrumental in Chan and Hung's further association with Golden Harvest studios, which later launched their careers. The portly Hung is shown fighting Lee in the opening sequence of the movie.

The finished version of the film was significantly different from the original screenplay drafts as Bruce Lee revised much of the script himself, including having written and directed the film's opening Shaolin Monastery fight sequence. Lee wanted to use the film as a vehicle for expressing what he saw as the beauty of his Chinese culture, rather than it being just another action film.

Plot

Lee is a Shaolin martial artist from Hong Kong who possesses great philosophical insight into martial arts as well as physical prowess. He receives an invitation to a martial arts competition on an island organised by the mysterious Han. Lee learns from his Sifu (father/teacher) that Han was also once a Shaolin student, but had been expelled from their order for abusing their code of conduct.

A man named Braithwaite from British Intelligence approaches Lee and asks for his help in an undercover mission. Han is suspected to be involved in drug trafficking and prostitution. However, since Han's island is only partly in their jurisdiction, they are unable to conduct any formal investigations - Han will not allow firearms on the island, both to impede assassination attempts and to prevent the international authorities from gaining a justification to launch a raid. Han runs a martial arts school to protect his drug operations, as well as holding his tournament every three years to recruit international talent to expand his criminal business. Before leaving, Lee learns from his father that Han's henchman O'Hara had been involved in the death of his older sister, Su Lin, years ago, when she committed suicide to save herself from dishonour when cornered by O'Hara and a collection of Han's thugs.

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