History Film / WayOfTheDragon

10th Mar '18 11:15:32 AM DavidCowie
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* GoodOldFisticuffs: Yep, in a Kung Fu movie. Used to show the uselessness of karate--the local thugs are able to knock the crap out of the karate-trained restaurant staff. Then Bruce Lee subverts it by annihilating the thugs.
** It's more that the staff is too stiff and poorly-trained. When Tang Lung uses the traditional kung fu he'd been using to slap the thugs around against Colt (Chuck Norris), he takes a whalloping, until he starts Jeet Kune Do-ing things up and gains the advantage.
** The "karate is useless" idea is actually shot down in the movie by Bruce himself- one of the staff who has seen him in action wants Bruce to teach the rest Kung Fu and tells him he was never happy that they had been forced to learn a Japanese art (insofar as, karate was the only art available to them to learn before he showed up). Bruce tells him that whether the art is Karate or Kung Fu, Japanese or Chinese, is far less important than the skill and hard work of the individual.
21st Aug '17 12:06:29 PM Black_Diesel
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23rd Jul '17 1:37:09 PM ultimomant
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* FightingWIthChucks: The leader of the thugs can't seem to get it right. Tang Lung, though...

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* FightingWIthChucks: FightingWithChucks: The leader of the thugs can't seem to get it right. Tang Lung, though...



* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Tang Lung and Colt take a few moments to stretch out and warm up before going at it.
** Also, if one opponent is knocked down, the other stands back and lets him get up before re-engaging. Justfied because Ccertain fighting styles purposely use sitting as a defensive tactic, since most techniques force an attacker to overextend to reach them, making them more vulnerable.

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* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Tang Lung and Colt take a few moments to stretch out and warm up before going at it.
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it. Also, if one opponent is knocked down, the other stands back and lets him get up before re-engaging. Justfied because Ccertain certain fighting styles purposely use sitting as a defensive tactic, since most techniques force an attacker to overextend to reach them, making them more vulnerable.
9th May '17 1:54:22 PM rufusluciusivan
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* TheMafia

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* TheMafiaTheMafia: The antagonists of the movie are part of it.


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* VillainousValour: Say what you want about Colt, but the guy is not a coward. Even when it becomes clear that he's outmatched, he never tries to flee, surrender or use dirty tricks. Even with an arm and a leg severly wounded (perhaps broken), he still decides to stand up and fight. [[spoiler:This impresses Lung, who drapes Colt's gi top over him as a sign of respect after defeating him.]]
2nd Apr '17 6:02:49 AM ANTMuddle
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* FightingWIthChucks: The leader of the thugs can't seem to get it right. Tang Lung, though...
13th Mar '17 4:02:07 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RecycledSoundtrack:
** Part of the soundtrack is taken from Music/EnnioMorricone's score for ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'', particularly during the Colosseum scenes.
** Additionally, a snipped of Music/JohnBarry's score for ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' was used in the scene where [[spoiler:Uncle Wang, showing his true colors, wickedly stabs Tony and Jimmy in their backs with a knife]].
13th Mar '17 3:56:56 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: The american champions, played by Chuck Norris, is named Colt in the credits.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The american champions, American champion, played by Chuck Norris, is named Colt in the credits.



* BringingInTheExpert: The Mafia hire Colt in order to get rid of Tang Lung after their men have failed to make him leave Rome.
* CallingYourAttacks: "Movement number four: dragon seeks path".



* CarpetOfVirility: Chuck Norris proudly displays one during the climactic fight with Bruce Lee. It becomes a liability for him, though, as Bruce is able to grab onto it as a combat move.



* DinnerOrderFlub: Bruce Lee's character goes into a restaurant in Italy and accidentally orders every soup on the menu [[CrowningMomentOfFunny (which later makes him have to pee a lot)]].

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* DinnerOrderFlub: Bruce Lee's character Tang Lung goes into a restaurant in Italy and accidentally orders every soup on the menu [[CrowningMomentOfFunny (which later makes him have to pee a lot)]].



* DuelToTheDeath: Tang Lung vs. Colt.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: The crime boss has an effete, Chinese lackey and thugs that are both white and black who scare away the customers and beat up the staff. After Bruce deals with these guys, the crime boss flies in an American to kill Tang Lung.



* HairContrastDuo: Creator/BruceLee had black hair, while Creator/ChuckNorris has brown hair.



* KnuckleCracking: During their fight, Tang Lung and Colt step up to each other take off their shirts and then turn around to warm up. Norris only does some knuckle cracking before starting on some karate moves but Lee goes on to crack his entire upper body and show off his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbIwQMBeC2c muscular definition.]]
* LanguageBarrier: While at an airport restaurant, Tang Lung is unable to read the menu and the waitress can't understand him so Bruce just points to several items on the menu. He ends up getting several bowls of soup which get devoured quickly.



* OffhandBackhand: Tang Lung does it multiple times, with nunchaku and a short staff.



* ShirtlessScene: Lung flexes his muscles out on a balcony. Later, he and Norris [[BattleStrip take their shirts off before engaging in their fight]].

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* ShirtlessScene: Lung flexes his muscles out on a balcony. Later, he and Norris Colt [[BattleStrip take their shirts off before engaging in their fight]].fight]].
* SissyVillain: Mr. Ho is quite effeminate, especially when he feels Tang Lung's stomach and says, "Ohhhh, what rippling muscles!"



* TranslationMatchmaking: It had its name changed to ''Return of the Dragon'' in the US to make it seem like a sequel to ''[[Film/EnterTheDragon Enter the Dragon]]'' (which was actually made after this film but released in the US prior to it) in order to [[MarketBasedTitle capitalize on that film's success]].

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* TranslationMatchmaking: It had its name changed to ''Return of the Dragon'' in the US to make it seem like a sequel to ''[[Film/EnterTheDragon Enter the Dragon]]'' ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' (which was actually made after this film but released in the US prior to it) in order to [[MarketBasedTitle capitalize on that film's success]].


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* YouHaveFailedMe: The Mafia Don gets so fed up with Mr. Ho's failures that he just shoots him dead.
10th Mar '17 1:23:49 PM ANTMuddle
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* DarkIsNotEvil / LightIsNotGood: In the climactic fight scene, Tang Lung wears black clothes while Colt is clad in white.

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* DarkIsNotEvil / LightIsNotGood: In the climactic fight scene, Tang Lung wears black clothes while Colt is clad in white. Also ties in with the GoodColorsEvilColors convention.
26th Feb '17 3:30:11 PM Xtifr
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'''''Way of the Dragon''''' (traditional Chinese: '''''猛龍過江'''''; literally, "The Fierce Dragon Crosses the River"; also known as ''Return of the Dragon'' in the United States) is the third film to feature Creator/BruceLee.

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'''''Way ''Way of the Dragon''''' Dragon'' (traditional Chinese: '''''猛龍過江'''''; ''猛龍過江''; literally, "The Fierce Dragon Crosses the River"; also known as ''Return of the Dragon'' in the United States) is the third film to feature Creator/BruceLee.
13th Nov '16 6:32:26 AM rafi
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* CoolVersusAwesome: Bruce Lee versus Chuck Norris. [[spoiler: Lee wins.]]
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