Kung Fu Fridays: Enter The Dragon

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Kung Fu Fridays has returned to The Royal! It kicks and punches its way back onto the big screen, harder and faster than ever before! Join us for monthly martial arts screenings with video pre-shows and a raffle for fu-tastic prizes from Silver Snail!

>>> Pre-Show Starts at 7:00PM + Feature Starts at 8PM <<<

“The first American produced martial arts spectacular!”

“Their deadly mission: to crack the forbidden island of Han!”

I remember my dad taking me to see Enter the Dragon in the cinema when it was on a re-release double bill with Jackie Chan’s misguided introductory English film The Big Brawl (also by Dragon director Robert Clouse) and this one made more of an impression on me then Chan’s buffoonery. At the time my dad and I were talking judo together so we supplemented our physical activity with martial arts themed entertainment whenever we could. My dad had already introduced me to the Bond films and so this dovetailed nicely with my love of those movies.

I thought Lee was so cool, however, on hindsight, it is funny how it was the background players in the film like Sammo Hung (Lee’s opponent in the opening martial arts demo), Jackie Chan (who appears as a guard during the underground lair battle scene and gets his neck snapped by Lee)and Yuen Wah (who was Lee’s main stunt double for the film doing more of the acrobatic feats in the film) that would later play a much more important role in the development of my cinematic passions than Lee. – Colin Geddes. Kung Fu Fridays curator.

Lee is a martial arts expert who goes undercover by way of an invitation to a tournament held on a secluded island, hosted by the mysterious Mr. Han (Shih Kien star of the old Wong Fei Hong films starring Kawn Tak Hing) who is suspected of being a leader in the underground crime world. Soon Lee discovers an underbelly of corruption and prostitution, his cover is blown and two fellow tournament competitors (Jim Kelly and John Saxon) must fight not for sport, but instead for survival.

Often cited as the film that sparked the "Kung Fu Kraze" both in the United States as well as beyond, this was Bruce Lee's final film appearance before his death on 20 July 1973 at age 32. The film was first released on 26 July 1973 in Hong Kong, six days after Lee's death.
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