A 40th anniversary screening with special guests including co-stars John Saxon and Bob Wall, producers Paul Heller and Fred Weintraub, cinematographer Gil Hubbs, composer Lalo Schifrin and Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee
Presenting an original 35mm Technicolor dye-transfer print from the Academy Film Archive
Celebrating the new exhibition “Kick Ass!: Kung Fu Posters from the Stephen Chin Collection”
Filmed almost entirely on location in Hong Kong, “Enter the Dragon” was the first “kung fu” film produced by a major Hollywood studio, Warner Bros. With a score by six-time Oscar-nominated composer Lalo Schifrin, “Enter the Dragon” brought the martial arts film into the American mainstream.
Bruce Lee, who choreographed and staged the fights himself, plays a martial arts expert seeking revenge on the gang that killed his sister. To take down the gang’s kung fu obsessed kingpin, Lee enters a grueling martial arts tournament that he sponsors. Also competing are debt-ridden gambler Roper (John Saxon) and militant activist Williams (karate champion Jim Kelly).
With its mixture of spectacular action, fierce female costars (including Angela Mao) and exotic locations, the film became a huge success. Lee died a month before “Enter the Dragon” was released in the U.S., but the film’s immense popularity cemented his status as a cinematic legend.
A six-sheet poster for “Enter the Dragon,” and posters for other films featuring Bruce Lee, are included in the Academy Grand Lobby exhibition, “Kick Ass!: Posters
from the Stephen Chin Collection.”
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and Warner Bros.
- April 17, 2013.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater