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The Dragon Dies Hard (1975)

Jin se tai yang (original title)
A fan of Bruce Lee investigates the martial arts master's death.

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Kuan-Chang Li

Writer:

Chung Yen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bruce Le ... Bruce (as Ho Chung Tao)
Hui Ouyang Hui Ouyang
Fei Lung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fang-Hsia Chang
Yi-Mu Chang Yi-Mu Chang
Chin Hai Chen Chin Hai Chen
Pei Ling Chen
Chun Chou Chun Chou
Ming Chou Ming Chou
Yun Fei Yun Fei
Ying Hei Ying Hei
Kuang Hu Kuang Hu
Bruce Li ... Bruce (as Ho Chung Tao)
Yun-Lung Li Yun-Lung Li
Chang Ma
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Storyline

Stone, a martial arts teacher and avid Bruce Lee fan, is crushed when he learns of his hero's sudden death. After a night of trying to drink himself out of his depression, Stone receives a vision of Lee instructing him to investigate the circumstances of master's death. Stone soon finds that Lee was the victim of foul play, and quickly puts into action his plan for bringing the murderers to justice. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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HOW HE LIVED! HOW HE LOVED! HOW HE FOUGHT! HOW HE DIED! (USA THe Dragon Dies Hard posters-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bruce Lee, Superdragon See more »

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Artist Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Another Bruce Lee exploitation movie just as expected in every way
21 March 2020 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

The movie opens with Ho Tsung-Tao doing some kicks and punches over the opening credits. After the first opening fights, Ho Tsung-Tao gets a role in an action movie. At about the 19 minute mark is a big continuity error. Our hero disarms a swordsman yet the sword is instantly back in his hands in the next frame.

It was odd to see so many non-Asian extras and stunt men. In 1974, as far as fights go, there probably wasn't a non-Asian stunt man in the world who was a match for any Asian stunt man. That's one reason the fights are below average in this movie.

This is another movie exploiting Bruce Lee. The events in the movie relating to Bruce Lee's life are certainly not accurate. The movie was packaged for the VHS rental boom with Bruce Lee's name and likeness. This was not a deliberate search by movie makers to find another martial artist to replace Bruce Lee. It was simply deceptive advertising to sell a VHS of a movie made a few years ago.

These exploitation movies are well known as bad. This one is not the worst and that's about all I can say good about it. Ho Tsung-Tao is the lead. He is Lebanese and appeared as a stunt man in some Lebanese movies. He then appeared in Hong Kong and Taiwan movies as a stunt man. This movie is his first lead.

My copy is a digital file that plays on a HDTV in 4:3 format with English dubbing similar to the old VHS format. It looks as if recorded from a TV broadcast.

Today I think the only person watching this movie would be a hard core fan of martial arts movies of the golden age from 1967 to 1984. That fan would find this movie to be as expected - a movie exploiting Bruce Lee's life with action sequences all below average and overall bearing only passing resemblance to Bruce's life. I am such a fan and I watched this movie once to write this review and I am sure I will never watch it again.


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