‘Enter the Dragon’ Among Restored Films to Show at BAM

By Amelia Pang
Amelia Pang
Amelia Pang
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August 21, 2013 Updated: August 21, 2013

NEW YORK— In light of the debut of Wong Kar-wai’s Ip Man film in U.S theaters at the end of the month, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is having a week-long showing of the last film that Bruce Lee completed, “Enter the Dragon,” from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. 

For its 40th anniversary, the BAM is featuring a series of Digital Cinema Package (DCP) restorations. 

Apart from Robert Clouse’s “Enter the Dragon,” it will show five other rare martial arts films such as Lee’s “The Way of the Dragon,” which has a face-off between Lee and Chuck Norris; and rare 35mm prints of films from Sammo Hung and Chang Cheh.

Their sidebar features five wing chun classics including Sammo Hung’s “The Prodigal Son,” Chang Cheh’s “Invincible Shaolin,” Bruce Lee’s “The Way of the Dragon,” Sammo Hung’s parody “Enter the Fat Dragon” and the 2008 “Ip Man.” 

“Enter the Dragon” is the first Chinese martial arts movie produced by a major Hollywood studio. 

Lee staged the combat choreography and directed the opening fight sequence at Shaolin Monastery, which features a fight scene with martial arts icon Sammo Hung. 

The plot consists of Shaolin master Mr. Lee (Lee) going undercover as a competitor in a kung fu tournament in order to stop a crime lord’s drug trafficking operations. 

Bruce Lee passed away six days before the film’s theatrical release. The film was deemed “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress in 2004, and inducted into the National Film Registry. 

Film Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 29
4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.: Ip Man

Friday, Aug. 30
2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.: Enter the Dragon

Saturday, Aug. 31
2, 7 p.m.: The Way of the Dragon
4:30, 9:30 p.m.: Enter the Dragon

Sunday, Sept. 1
2, 4:30, 7 p.m.: Enter the Dragon
9:30 p.m.: Enter the Fat Dragon

Monday, Sept. 2
2, 7 p.m.: The Prodigal Son
4:30, 9:30 p.m.: Enter the Dragon

Tuesday, Sept. 3
4:30, 9:30 p.m.: Enter the Dragon
7 p.m.: Invincible Shaolin

Wednesday, Sept. 4
9:30 p.m.: Enter the Dragon

Thursday, Sept. 5
9:45 p.m.: Enter the Dragon

Amelia Pang
Amelia Pang
Journalist
Amelia Pang is a New York-based, award-winning journalist. She covers local news and specializes in long-form, narrative writing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and global studies from the New School. Subscribe to her newsletter: http://tinyletter.com/ameliapang