Return Of The Dragon [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray]
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Tang Lung (Lee) flies to Rome to help a friend of the family, Chen Ching-hua (Nora Miao). She is being threatened by local gangsters to sell her restaurant and they will stop at nothing to get the property. When Tang proves to be a treat to the syndicates plans they hire the best martial artists to take out Tang Lung. In one of the film's most famous sequences, Bruce Lee takes on American martial arts expert Colt (Chuck Norris) in the ancient citys majestic Coliseum. This martial arts classic, also known as WAY OF THE DRAGON, is written and directed by Bruce Lee.
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The overall plot has already been discussed elsewhere here, but in the end, the baddies tire of losing every confrontation and resort to flying Chuck Norris to Italy to eliminate the pesky Bruce Lee do-gooder character. The epic end battle is, appropriately enough, staged at the immortal Roman Colosseum. It is the highlight of the movie and must be one of the best fight scenes either of them ever did (and I believe the only time Chuck was both the bad guy and was defeated). This is a legendary scene and is the kind that inspired movies and video games of the '80s and beyond. I've always noticed how incredibly rigid Chuck's posture was while fighting, with an upright torso and abdominal muscles that were doubtlessly highly conditioned, although he didn't have the rippling muscle definition of the hyperactive Lee. By contrast, Lee's style of was fluid and graceful, almost catlike, with Norris being more of a pale, hairy ogre of great strength and discipline.
This movie and one of Chuck's earliest and best starring roles in A Force of One (another epic battle, this time vs kick boxing champion Bill "Superfoot" Wallace") are the two best places to see Norris as more of a true martial artist fighting another great martial artist rather than just being an actor. It's a shame to think of the great movies we missed as a result of losing Lee so early....I have to think he would have been in others with Chuck at some point.....
Update: After contacting Miramax, I found out they are no longer distributing this film. The sales rep suggested I purchase one of the Bruce Lee boxed sets from a reputable distributor if I wanted a legal copy. There's another version available as a double-feature from SHOUT!, but there's at least one reviewer who thinks that's also a bootleg.
I was extremely excited after getting this as a present. I'm quite pleased with this movie. Bruce Lee has a certain it factor that draws your attention to him every time he's on screen. Every fight he is involved in is pure entertainment. This is of course capped off by his legendary showdown with Chuck Norris. That moment is a memorable one for fans of martial arts movies. The scene where Bruce Lee used a set of nunchaku against a group of thugs was also a personal favorite of mine. If you're a Bruce Lee fan this movie is highly recommended.