Enter the Dragon
February 18th, 2023

Enter the Dragon


Please join Cultivate Cinema Circle as we screen five classic martial arts films from the 1970s. Next is Robert Clouse’s Enter the Dragon [1973] starring Bruce Lee.


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Venue Information:

Downtown Central Library Auditorium
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203
(Enter from Clinton Street between Oak and Washington Streets)
716-858-8900 • www.BuffaloLib.org
COVID protocol will be followed.


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Bruce Lee’s masterful final film, Enter the Dragon, stands the test of time as the most beloved martial arts epic in film history. This box office hit takes Lee to the island fortress of criminal warlord Han, whose martial arts academy covers up opium smuggling and prostitution activities.

Tidbits:

  • National Film Preservation Board – 2004 – National Film Registry

Courtesy of TCM:

Robert Clouse was a film director, writer and producer whose 30-year career was devoted primarily to martial arts films, most notably his collaboration with the legendary Bruce Lee in the 1973 martial arts classic, Enter the Dragon. The movie was a huge financial success for Warner Bros and Clouse, and gave him substantial momentum for future projects. It was essentially the only time the two worked together—though Lee also starred in Clouse’s The Game of Death from 1978. The movie was composed of a mix of previously filmed footage, sequences from other Lee films, and several shots of stand-ins (Lee had died in 1973, prior to the release of Enter the Dragon).

Clouse made his feature film-directing debut in 1970 with the action mystery Darker than Amber, followed by the drama Dreams of Glass, which he also wrote, that same year, but from then on action films became Clouse’s calling card. He worked with an odd range of actors over the years, from Yul Brynner and Max von Sydow in the 1975 sci-fi thriller The Ultimate Warrior to Jackie Chan in the 1980 action comedy The Big Brawl. From the mid-1980s through the end of his run in the early ’90s, Clouse continued to make martial arts films, though without the benefit of Lee or Chan-like name recognition. His later muses included Richard Norton, whom he worked with on several films, and Cynthia Rothrock, the star of both China O’Brien and China O’Brien II.

Filmography:

  • China O’Brien II (1991)
  • China O’Brien (1989)
  • Gymkata (1985)
  • The Rats (1982)
  • Force: Five (1981)
  • The Big Brawl (1980)
  • The Omega Connection (1979)
  • The Game of Death (1978)
  • The Amsterdam Kill (1978)
  • The Pack (1977)
  • Long Dark Night (1977)
  • The Ultimate Warrior (1975)
  • Black Belt Jones (1974)
  • Golden Needles (1974)
  • Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Dreams of Glass (1970)
  • Darker Than Amber (1970)

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