A Chinese man pays a visit to his family members who own a restaurant in Italy. But mobsters who want the land the eatery is built upon harass the owners, forcing him to defend his family as only he can. For the sake of his loved ones, he must battle a U.S. karate expert in a Roman coliseum.
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Despite the wooden dialogue and terrible camerawork (half the scenes are out of focus), it's pretty incredible to see Bruce Lee fight Chuck Norris in the Roman Colosseum. I definitely perk up during the fight scenes.
For many if not most of my generation, this was our first experience with a "kung-fu" movie and with Bruce Lee. Not a classic by any means. Not even a very good movie. Hell, let's face it, its a terrible film....but pure grindhouse enjoyment. Sit back, channel your inner adolescent 70s teen and enjoy.
A+ opening credits. Though the score might sometimes make you think you're watching The Way of the Pink Panther, the fighting is all fire breathing, nose flicking dragon. Pop some corn, take in Lee's sick skills and Norris's back fur. Stretch like a stray cat in a Roman Coliseum or better yet whittle some darts in case you get confronted by gun totting thugs. And if a girl removes her clothes, run away! 3.5 stars
Bruce Lee is a BADASS. But this movie is just bad. I can see it being a "guilty pleasure" for some perhaps. But the first half comedy stuff is just cringe-inducing and painful. The "epic fight" between Chuck Norris and Bruce is only "epic" in the fact that they are who they are. The fight itself is pretty pedestrian (except for the chest hair and the chest hair grab. Those = epic and gross). Ah wells.