Throwback Thursday: Enter the Dragon
Enter the Dragon was a film that not only made Bruce Lee a bona fide star here in the United States but also turned the martial arts film genre into a very profitable business. I dare you to find a martial artist today who wasn’t in some way inspired by Bruce Lee. Since his death, Hollywood has been searching for a star who could match the physicality, charisma, and overall badassery of Bruce to no avail. While certain stars have been able to succeed within the industry for a number of years, I would argue that none of them are as popular or recognizable as Lee and he has been dead for over 40 years and only made like five films. Lee dropped the proverbial mic on his way off the stage as Enter the Dragon was a mega hit and recently deceased Lee was more popular than ever. That vacuum in the martial arts film world would be filled by dozens of Lee wannabe’s that include the legendary Jackie Chan and Jet Li. While they would eventually make their way to superstardom, it would no doubt have been a much more difficult time if Bruce had not paved the way first with lightning fast kicks and unmatched screaming prowess.
The Making of Enter the Dragon