Way of the Dragon

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Way of the Dragon
Way-of-the-dragon-poster.jpg
Hong Kong film poster
Traditional 猛龍過江
Simplified 猛龙过江
Mandarin Měng Lóng Guò Jiāng
Cantonese Maang5 Lung5 Gwo3 Gong1
Directed by Bruce Lee
Produced by Raymond Chow
Bruce Lee
Written by Bruce Lee
Starring Bruce Lee
Nora Miao
Chuck Norris
Hwang In-Shik
Robert Wall
Paul Wei
Wang Chung-hsin
Music by Joseph Koo
Cinematography Tadashi Nishimoto
Editing by Peter Cheung
Studio Concord Productions Inc.
Golden Harvest Company
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Bryanston Pictures
Fortune Star Media (Worldwide)
Release dates
  • December 30, 1972 (1972-12-30)
Running time 99 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
English
Budget HK$130,000
Box office US$85,000,000

Way of the Dragon (Chinese: 猛龍過江, released in the United States as Return of the Dragon) is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film written, produced and directed by Bruce Lee, who also starred in the lead role. This was Bruce Lee's only completed directorial effort. The film co-stars Nora Miao, Chuck Norris, Robert Wall and Hwang In-Shik. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 30 December 1972.

Plot[edit]

Tang Lung (Bruce Lee) is sent from Hong Kong to Rome to help Uncle Wang, and niece Chen Ching-hua, whose restaurant is being targeted by the local mafia. Tang fends off the gangsters and wins Chen's admiration. Tang becomes friends with the other restaurant workers and teaches them "Chinese boxing".

The mafia boss sends a gunman to kill Tang, but Tang defeats him. The boss then goes to the restaurant with armed thugs but Tang defeats them. The boss warns Chen he will have Tang killed if he stays in Rome. Tang refuses to leave. The boss then sends a sniper to kill Tang but fails again. Chen is kidnapped by the boss and compelled to sign the contract at his headquarters, but Tang and his friends rescue her.

The mafia boss's consigliere hires three foreign martial artists, to challenge Tang. Tang defeats two of them with help from his friends near the Colosseum. After Tang leaves, Uncle Wang kills Tony and Jimmy, blaming Tang for getting in his way, as he would receive a large sum of money if he persuaded Chen to sell the restaurant to the mob. Tang then has a final showdown inside the Colosseum with the karate fighter Colt, the best of the hired fighters. Tang defeats Colt, Uncle Wang is killed, and police arrest the mafia boss. In the final scene, Tang bids farewell to Chen and leaves Rome alone.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Bruce Lee formed his own production company Concord Productions with Golden Harvest founder, Raymond Chow.[3]

Reception[edit]

The film set a new box office record in Hong Kong.[3] It ranked #95 in Empire magazine's list "The 100 Best Films of World Cinema" in 2010.[4]

DVD releases[edit]

Universe (Hong Kong)

  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1) letterboxed
  • Sound: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Mandarin (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Traditional, Simplified Chinese, English, Japanese, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean
  • Supplements: Trailer, trailers for The Big Boss, Enter the Dragon, Game of Death, Legacy of Rage
  • All regions, NTSC

Fortune Star – Bruce Lee Ultimate DVD Collection (Hong Kong)

  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen (2:31:1) anamorphic
  • Sound: Cantonese (DTS 5.1), Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Cantonese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Mandarin (DTS 5.1), Mandarin (Dolby Digital 5.1), Cantonese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Traditional, Simplified Chinese, English
  • Supplements: Original trailer, new trailer, still photos, slideshow of photos, celebrity interviews, unseen footage, Game of Death outtakes, Enter the Dragon alternate opening, 32-page booklet
  • Region 3, NTSC

Fox (America)

  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1) letterboxed
  • Sound: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Supplements: None
  • Region 1, NTSC

Fox – Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection (America)

  • Released: October 18, 2005
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1) anamorphic
  • Sound: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Mandarin (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Supplements: Original trailer, new trailer, celebrity interviews, still photos, slideshow of photos, bonus trailers
  • Region 1, NTSC

Hong Kong Legends – Special Collector's Edition (United Kingdom)

  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1) anamorphic
  • Sound: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Supplements: Commentary by Bey Logan and Jon Benn, original trailer, UK promotional trailer, rare photo archive, animated biography showcase, interview with Andre Morgan, interview with Russell Cawthrone, interview with Jon Benn, interview with Anders Nielson
  • Region 2, PAL

Hong Kong Legends – Platinum Edition (United Kingdom)

  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1) anamorphic
  • Sound: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Supplements: Disc 1: Commentary by Bey Logan and Jon Benn, Introduction to the film by Bruce Lee's brother, Robert Lee; Disc 2: Introduction to the extras by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, "Double-Edged Sword: An Interview with Bob Wall", "Memories of the Master: An interview with Pat Johnson", "Warrior Immortal: An interview with Master Hwang In-Sik", "A Dragon Remembered: An Interview with Robert Lee", original trailer, UK campaign trailer, original UK theatrical trailer, original UK teaser and TV spot, HKL TV spot, trailers for Fist of Fury, Armour of God, Once Upon a Time in China, Police Story, Iron Monkey, production photo gallery, Way of the Dragon retrospective film notes by Bruce Lee expert Will Johnston, Bruce Lee screen test, biographies for Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Bob Wall and Nora Miao, "Inside Way of the Dragon: An Interview with Chaplin Chang", "Artist and Warrior: An Interview with Lau Wing", "Inside Way of the Dragon: An Interview with Louis Sit"
  • Region 2, PAL

Hong Kong Legends – Platinum Edition (Australia)

  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen (2:40:1) anamorphic
  • Sound: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Supplements: Disc 1: Commentary by Bey Logan and Jon Benn, Introduction to the film by Bruce Lee's brother, Robert Lee; Disc 2: Introduction to the extras by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, "Double-Edged Sword: An Interview with Bob Wall", "Memories of the Master: An Interview with Pat Johnson", "Warrior Immortal: An Interview with Master Hwang In-Sik", "A Dragon Remembered: An Interview with Robert Lee", original trailer, UK campaign trailer, original UK theatrical trailer, original UK teaser and TV spot, HKL TV spot, trailers for Fist of Fury, Armour of God, Once Upon a Time in China, Police Story, Iron Monkey, production photo gallery, Way of the Dragon retrospective film notes by Bruce Lee expert Will Johnston, Bruce Lee screen test, biographies for Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Bob Wall and Nora Miao, "Inside Way of the Dragon: An Interview with Chaplin Chang", "Artist and Warrior: An Interview with Lau Wing", "Inside Way of the Dragon: An Interview with Louis Sit"
  • Region 4, PAL

Blu-ray Disc release[edit]

Kam & Ronson (Hong Kong)

  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen (2:35:1)
  • Sound: Cantonese (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1), Cantonese (Dolby True HD 7.1), Mandarin (Dolby Digital EX 6.1), Thai (Dolby Digital EX 6.1)
  • Subtitles: Traditional Chinese, English, Thai
  • Supplements: Celebrity interviews, trailer, photo gallery
  • Region A

In popular culture[edit]

  • The movie experiences a spoof/homage in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage comic story "Shell of the Dragon", with Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris being represented by the characters Chang Lee and Buff Nordick, respectively.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berkow, Ira (May 12, 1993). "AT DINNER WITH: Chuck Norris; When That 97-Pound Weakling Grows Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  2. ^ Derbyshire, John (2003-10-15). "Thug (Uncredited)". National Review Online. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  3. ^ a b Lee, Bruce; Little, John; Little, John R. (15 November 1997). Words of the dragon: interviews 1958–1973. Tuttle Publishing. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-8048-3133-8. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Films of World Cinema: 93. The Fourth Man". Empire. 
  5. ^ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1 #18 (1988).
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068935/movieconnections

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