Return of the Dragon / Way of the Dragon, The (1972)

Return of the Dragon / Way of the Dragon, The (1972)

“What I like, I get – and I want that restaurant!”

When martial arts expert Tang Lung (Bruce Lee) travels to Rome to help his uncle (Chung-Hsin Huang) and cousin (Nora Miao) fight against gangsters hoping to take over their restaurant, he eventually finds himself in mortal combat with a hired fighter named Colt (Chuck Norris).

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Bruce Lee Films
  • Chinese, Hong Kong, and Taiwanese Films
  • Chuck Norris Films
  • Martial Arts Films

Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary writes, this third film by Bruce Lee (his “only attempt at directing”) features “several kung fu battles, which are fun to watch but repetitive,” and then a “much more exciting” set of fights featuring “martial-arts experts Bob Wall, Wang Ing Sik, and in his film debut, Chuck Norris” — all playing “the villains who take on our hero.”

There’s not much more to say about this film other than that it represents Lee playing “a fists-for-free-hire character whom he would have played in several other films if it hadn’t been for his sudden death” (which is sad to contemplate), and to point out that the “Lee-Norris confrontation, set in the Colosseum, is one of the highlights of Lee’s movie career.”

Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:

  • Numerous fabulous fighting sequences
  • Good use of location shooting in Rome

Must See?
No, but the fight scenes are well worth a look.


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