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->''"Don't think. Feel."''

''Enter the Dragon'' is the fourth film (and final completed film) in the career of martial arts legend Creator/BruceLee. It premiered in August 1973, one month after Lee's untimely death. ''Enter the Dragon'' was the first of Lee's movies to premiere in America and the first to be recorded in English.

The film's story centers around Lee, a Shaolin monk and martial arts master, who is approached by Braithwaite (Geoffrey Weeks), a member of an international intelligence organization that wants Lee to become an undercover agent. The organization has been investigating a man named Han (Shih Kien), a former student of Lee's master, who lives in an island fortress and oversees a criminal empire that has its hands in kidnappings, drugs, and prostitution. Braithwaite's organization "know[s] everything but can prove nothing", so they recruit a reluctant Lee to infiltrate Han's island during a martial arts tournament held there once every three years and gather evidence that will uncover his crimes. Other central characters of the film include fellow martial artist Williams (Jim Kelly), martial artist and unlucky gambler Roper (John Saxon), and another undercover agent named Mei Ling (Betty Chung). Though the heroes don't often cooperate with each other directly, they each individually work to uncover the secrets of Han's underground operation, risking the deadly penalties imposed by Han and his MadeOfIron bodyguard O'Hara (Robert Wall).

''Enter the Dragon'' is still considered one of the finest martial arts films in history. Critics have often praised it for its ethnic equality, as it features heroes of European, African, and Asian descent. It also features Lee as a philosophical warrior, allowing him to tie in his own personal philosophies of martial arts by virtue of his personally rewriting the script to add dialogue at the opening Shaolin Temple scenes. Of course, the real beauty of the film is in the exquisite fight sequences showcasing Lee in his absolute prime alongside with an excellent supporting cast and stunt crew (including future martial arts stars Creator/SammoHung and Creator/JackieChan). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8CtOqJy6xM See for yourself]].


!! ''Enter the Dragon'' contains the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Lee's sister, Su Lin, counts because of the trouble she gave TheDragon. (Angela Mao Ying would go on to be a martial arts star in her own right in Hong Kong.)
* AfroAsskicker: Williams is the UrExample; he is a black man with an afro and serious martial arts skills.
* AmazonBrigade: Han's daughters also serve as his personal guard. He is also accompanied by several female servants who are skilled with throwing darts.
* BadassBoast: Before the match with Lee and O'Hara, the latter breaks a wooden board with his fist. Lee was not impressed with the display.
--> Lee: "Boards don't hit back."
* BadassGrandpa: The actor playing the BigBad, Shih Kien, was '''sixty years old''' when this movie was filmed, and still portrayed a convincingly worthy adversary to Bruce Lee (who was almost thirty years younger).
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Lee's sister Su Lin stabs herself with a piece of broken glass when she is cornered by O'Hara and his henchmen]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Williams, in conjunction with the SacrificialLion situation.
* BladeOnAStick: At one point, Han uses a spear against Lee.
* BodyguardBabes: Han's daughters are his personal bodyguards.
* BondVillainStupidity: Han actually captures Lee at one point, after Lee has wiped out dozens of guards and has made his intentions to sabotage Han's operation all too clear. But unlike how he handled Williams, Han doesn't kill Lee. Instead, he lets him go to keep participating in the tournament because...reasons?
* BrickBreak: O'Hara does this to a board with a standing punch right in front of Lee. Lee's response: "Boards don't hit back." Cue CurbStompBattle.
* BullyingADragon: There were about a dozen or so people on that boat. Parson decided Lee was the best one to pick a fight with.
* TheCasanova: Both Williams and Roper have a way with the ladies.
* CatchPhrase: Roper's appears to be "wanna bet?"
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: The military flies to the island just after the villains are taken care of and mere seconds before the end credits.
* ClothingDamage: Lee's shirt gets torn at the beginning of the fight in the drug factory. He then ditches the shirt and spends the rest of the movie shirtless.
* CombatPragmatist: When Roper is caught in an armbar, instead of using a martial arts technique to get out of it, he opts to simply bite his opponent's leg.
* CoDragons: Bolo and O'Hara are Han's two top enforcers on the island.
* ColourCodedCharacters: In the FinalBattle, all of Han's henchmen are dressed in white gi, while all of the shanghaied men are dressed in all-black attires.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Every hero (and even a villain in one scene) gets the chance to kick the crap out of multiple guys at once.
* CurbStompBattle:
** The fight between Lee and O'Hara is most definitely this.
** Lee's fight with Han's minions in the drug factory counts as well. By the time Lee's captured, he's already mowed down at least a couple dozen of them. From the time the fight starts to the moment it ends, Lee takes down 50 people, most of them with one or two blows each.
* DaddysLittleVillain: Han trained his daughters as his personal bodyguards on the theory that no one will be more loyal to him. One of them tosses Roper clear off his feet rather than give him a handshake.
-->'''Roper''': ''Nobody's more loyal than Daddy's little girl.''
* DeathGlare: Lee's response when a mook harasses him about not doing the morning routine in uniform.
* DivideAndConquer: Defied. Han tries to force [[LetsYouAndHimFight Roper and Lee to fight]] to the death but they refuse. He sends Bolo in to do the job instead.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Han does not allow guns on his island because he had a bad experience with them. It would also make him vulnerable to assassination and provide an easy pretext for outside forces to perform a raid of his island.
* DontThinkFeel: One of Lee's lines in this film is the TropeNamer.
-->It is like a finger, pointing away to the moon... Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss '''all that heavenly glory'''.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim:
** [[spoiler: O'Hara's death should be expected, as he is a villain and Lee wants revenge for his sister's death, but instead of dying in the climax as is usually the case in revenge plots, he kicks it midway through the movie in a pretty one-sided battle against Lee.]]
** [[spoiler: The madam]] is killed offscreen and abruptly.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: For all of Han's villainy, he is dead serious about the tournament rules; not even [[spoiler:[[TheDragon O'Hara]]]] is exempt. Han is visibly and audibly angered by [[spoiler:O'Hara]] attempting to grab Lee's leg after being knocked down, and the last straw is when Lee assumes victory and bows to Han[[note]]which demonstrates Lee's self-control in eschewing revenge beyond defeating O'Hara[[/note]], only for [[spoiler:O'Hara to break bottles behind Lee's back]]. [[spoiler:Lee kills O'Hara and presents himself before Han ''again'']], and once a henchman verifies [[spoiler:the kill]], Han declares that "[[spoiler:O'Hara]]'s treachery has disgraced us."
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: It's a Bruce Lee movie. 'Nuff said.
* EvilPlan: Han has a long running one involving drug and SexSlave trafficking. He uses the tournament to recruit new talent.
* FauxActionGirl:
** Mei Ling is a ReverseMole in Han's island, is a special agent, and can shoot a dart into a thrown apple. Despite this, she doesn't fight anyone. However, it was her idea to release the imprisoned martial artists.
** Also Lee's sister Su Lin. At first she seems quite capable in her flashback, plowing through her pursuers. But as soon as she's confronted by O'Hara, she inexplicably kills herself without even attempting to fight him.
* FightingWithChucks: As only Bruce Lee can.
* {{Flashback}}: Several early in the movie, showing the backstories and motivations of the characters.
* ForeignQueasine: Williams is disgusted by the food at the banquet.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: The FinalBattle is a sign that this film was made in China. In Chinese culture ''white'' is associated with death and ''black'' is associated with life. In the FinalBattle, Han's mooks all wear white (the grey security guards are few in number) and all of the prisoners, who storm the gates after their release, fighting them wear black.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted. O'Hara has a (usually) heroic "crossing one eye but not damaging it"-scar, but is definitely evil.
* GoodWeaponEvilWeapon: Lee uses a SimpleStaff, Eskrima sticks and ''nunchaku'' on occasion and [[BareFistedMonk his own style of martial arts]] the rest of the time, while Han's evilness is emphasized by his penchant for sinister-looking [[WolverineClaws claw]] [[ArtificialLimbs hands.]]
* GroinAttack: Lee's sister gives one to O'Hara in a flashback, Lee also delivers one to O'Hara during their fight, and Roper gives one to Bolo.
* GuileHero:
** Roper is a gambler who [[ThrowingTheFight begins to purposefully lose a fight]] in order to swindle a spectator out of money and is upfront about the fact that he [[ConMan plans to trick Lee into losing money]]. Despite this, he is still seen as charming to both the audience and the other characters.
** Lee codified this as part of his fighting style, "The Art of Fighting Without Fighting".
* HallOfMirrors: The setting for the final showdown is one of these where Han avoids Lee through the reflection trick.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: All of the heroic characters had ongoing and past adventures.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Han [[spoiler:throws a spear at]] Lee, which [[spoiler:goes straight through a wall and stays there]]. During the fight, Lee [[spoiler:[[InertialImpalement kicks Han into the spear]] and kills him.]]
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Han tests Roper's limits with a near-literal example of this. [[spoiler:When Han places his pet cat onto a guillotine, Roper saves the cat, says "[[CatsHaveNineLives Now you got EIGHT left]]," and lets the cat go. Han used this situation to see if Roper had a line he would not cross; he shows Roper that the pull chain was just for a secret elevator, not the guillotine.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:How Han dies.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Roper is a conman but he has limits.
* KungShui: Evident in the climax where chairs, staffs, and anything made of wooden is shattered to splinters.
* LastNameBasis: Every main character goes by his last name.
* MeaningfulEcho: Early in the film, Lee's master tells him, "The enemy has only images and illusions behind which he hides his true motives." When fighting Han in the hall of mirrors, Lee reinterprets this advice and begins to break the mirrors so he can draw Han out.
* MenOfSherwood: The imprisoned Black Robes in the FinalBattle; Han slashes one of them.
* {{Mooks}}: The White Robes in the FinalBattle.
* MultiMookMelee: Bruce Lee vs. fifty mooks. Guess who wins.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistfight:
** Lee's uncle slashes O'Hara's face with a knife but is disarmed with a few punches and kicks.
** Later, O'Hara comes after Lee with two broken bottles and is similarly disarmed.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Han kills Williams by beating him to death with his cast iron hand.]]
* NotJustATournament: The hero participates in the tournament, but was actually sent there to uncover the evidence about the tournament organizer's criminal activities.
* OhCrap: Roper has three of them: one comical-yet-serious one when Han reveals his opium ring, one when he sees [[spoiler:Williams' chained-up corpse]] (he slow motion mouths the words "Oh shit"), and a debatable third one when Han orders Roper to fight Lee. On one hand, Roper has seen what Lee was capable of and doesn't want to end up like that; on the other, he shows he has limits to his con artist lifestyle.
* PacifistDojo: The Shaolin Temple. Han was a student, but perverted the arts for evil.
* PoliceBrutality: Inverted in Williams' back-story when he kicks the crap out of racist police officers and then drives off ''in their car''.
* RatedMForManly: Creator/BruceLee in a fighting tournament as a secret agent? Yes, that earns the rating.
* RedRightHand:
** Han's various prosthetic hands are an almost literal example.
** O'Hara's facial scar also qualifies.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Williams, one of the three heroes, is killed mid-movie.]]
* SaltAndPepper: Roper and Williams. Both are pretty even-tempered.
* SceneryPorn: One of Bruce Lee's stated goals was to show the beauty of Chinese culture in this movie, and good ''lord'' does it show, especially in the gorgeous dinner scene.
* ShoutOut: One scene shows Lee dealing with an arrogant fellow contestant who wants a fight. Lee says the boat is too cramped for a duel, so they should take one of the lifeboats to a nearby island and settle things there. As soon as the other guy gets in, Lee kicks the lifeboat down and lets the poor schmuck get dragged behind the boat. This is a direct reference to Tsukahara Bokuden, who is believed to have done the same thing once.
* SoulBrotha: Williams is a skilled and afroed martial artist that is "too busy looking good" to have time for losing.
* SwissArmyAppendage: Han replaces his missing hand with various weapons throughout the movie.
* TalkingToTheDead: Lee visits the graves of his mother and sister, asking them to forgive him for his plan to avenge Su Lin.
* ToWinWithoutFighting: Lee described this as his style word-for-word.
* TranquilFury: Lee is chock full of this trope. When facing O'Hara, he doesn't break out the FunnyBruceLeeNoises until after O'Hara attacks with anger on the brain, and even then, he keeps his cool...[[UnstoppableRage until he kills him.]] Even when facing Han, Lee states his intentions in an eerily calm tone before proceeding with the fight:
--> '''Lee:''' You have offended my family and you have offended The Shaolin Temple.
* TruthInTelevision:
** In RealLife, Bruce Lee was once put into an armbar during a sparring session, and his opponent asked what he'd do in this situation. Bruce responded, "Why, I'd bite your leg, of course." In the film, Roper does this in his fight with Bolo.
** People who visit UsefulNotes/HongKong in the decades after the film will notice how much the city has changed since then.
* UnknownRival: Oddly enough, Han notices and confronts Williams and Roper before he ever meets the protagonist of the movie. This is in spite of the fact that Lee was sent there for the specific purpose of bringing the villain down while the two minor characters were at the tournament for unrelated reasons.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Lee brings this up right away, but he's visibly disappointed by the answer (guns aren't allowed on Han's island). Off-screen, Bruce Lee was excited about playing a sort-of secret agent in this movie because he very much wanted to use a gun in at least one scene. Thanks to the film's producers nixing this idea, the annoyance Lee portrays on-camera is real.
* WorfEffect: Williams takes down two cops, the bully from the boat, and a gang of {{mooks}} in order to show he is a badass...then he goes up against Han.
** Also, we're shown multiple times how scary O'Hara is...then he goes up against Lee, who barely breaks a sweat while wiping the floor with him
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Mei Ling is last seen freeing the captives.
* WolverineClaws: Han replaces his prosthetic hand with these in the final fight against Lee.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs:
** Bolo's style, while Eastern in origin, still consists of a lot of grappling--and even a backbreaker.
** In the opening fight scene, Lee defeats his opponent via a crucifix submission.
* YellowPeril: The film averts this; as a large number of characters (including the hero) are Asian, a villainous Asian is nothing special.
* YouHaveFailedMe: When Han's security guards fail at their duties, he forces them to fight Bolo to "prove their worth". It's nothing more than a public execution.
* YouKilledMyFather: Lee's rivalry with O'Hara stems from the death of his sister.