Enter the Dragon (1973) - Sunday 10pm
Director Robert Clouse has the style you'd expect of someone directing a Brock Landers adventure (lots of zooms and flares), and Lee, whose real-life Hong Kong English was heavily-accented but fluent and distinctive, is stuck with CHarlie Chan dialogue consisting of enigmatically wise pronouncements. But the action still delivers nonstop astonishment as, without the aid of the wires or effects used in the likes of CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON (2000), Lee goes magnificently through the motions, twirling his signature nunchaku, flexing his oiled torso. Influential on an entire genre of subsequent martial arts movies and a template for every beat-'em-up computer game, ENTER THE DRAGON wins its place in film history purely on the strength of Lee's charismatic presence and literally inimitable fighting moves.
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