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ENTER THE DRAGON

Directed by ROBERT C. CLOUSE Screenplay by MICHAEL ALLIN

Lee (Bruce Lee) is the invincible master of Oriental martial arts. "What's your style?" inquires an admirer. After a moment of reflection, Lee says: "You can call it the art of fighting without fighting." That seems a clever enough description, if hardly adequate for the bone-crushing yet graceful combat that erupts with virtually every new scene in Enter the Dragon. Lee dispatches his antagonists nimbly, with the kind of Kung Fu acrobatics that make every maneuver, no matter how elaborate, seem effortless.

The fights—all staged by the star himself—have an almost...

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