Widely regarded as the greatest kung fu master of the 20th century, Bruce Lee lives on with this definitive collection of three of his most memorable films. These must-own martial arts classics include Lee’s first starring role in The Big Boss as well as his final, unforgettable appearance in Game of Death.
The Big Boss
This seminal martial arts film was instrumental in creating the legend that is Bruce Lee. Shot in Pak Choi in Thailand, with this film Bruce Lee introduced his magnetic charisma and ground-breaking fight choreography to the world.
In an emotive, rollercoaster storyline of friendship, betrayal, revenge and deadly confrontation, Bruce Lee plays Cheng, a migrant worker who travels to Thailand in search of work, but finds and breaks open a drug trafficking ring with his fists of steel. In his quest for justice and revenge, Lee is an unstoppable force of nature, breaking down wave after wave of opponents with powerful Wing Chun hand combinations and lighting fast precision kicking...
Way of the Dragon
Bruce Lee wrote and directed Return of the Dragon, his third film, a mix of hard-edged kung fu and goofy humor. Once again he plays the country boy who travels to a foreign land, in this case Italy, where his restaurant-owning cousins face trouble from the local syndicate. Their strong-arm tactics have driven customers away and now threaten the family, but Lee refuses to buckle under their pressure and takes them on in a series of impressive confrontations. The film ends with a memorable showdown with world-champion karate artist Chuck Norris in the Roman Colosseum (though much of it is staged in a rather cheap studio set), a brutal, almost inhuman battle that revels in the intense punishment taken by the combatants. Norris is one of Lee's best opponents and a marvelous physical contrast: brawny and hairy, using power and blunt karate moves while lean, wiry Lee counters with speed, gymnastic prowess, and balletic grace. The mix of comedy and kung fu comes off as camp at times, but that's hardly the reason to see the film. When Lee gets into action, whether he's taking on a gang of knife-wielding thugs or dueling Norris to the death, he becomes the total focus. Originally titled The Way of the Dragon, this film was renamed in the wake of Enter the Dragon to cash in on that movie's popularity.
Game of Death
Bruce Lee's last screen work (he died during production) is the film that mystifies the man and the legend. Billy Lo (Lee), is a young kung fu movie star with a flourishing career and a promising future. As the leader of a syndicate known for its exploitation of entertainers, Dr. Land (Dean Jagger) jumps at the chance to capitalize on Billy's celebrated status and that of his singer-girlfriend. Refusing to sign with Land, Billy's martial arts mastery is put to the test when he is brutally harassed by Land's men in an attempt to change his mind. In a stunning showdown, Billy goes one-on-one with a villainous stream of deadly kung fu fighters in a final bid for his freedom. The film's finale pits Lee against such formidable opposition as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Chuck Norris.
1 - USA and Canada (NTSC)
1971 / 1973 / 1979
99 / 90 / 100 minutes
Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Robert Wall, Maria Yi, Dan Inosanto, Colleen Camp, Dean Jagger, Gig Young, Robert Wall, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Russell Cawthorne, Sammo Hung, Mel Novak, James Tien, Nora Miao, Jon Benn, Chung-Hsin Huang, Ching-Ying Lam, Tony Liu, Malisa Longo
Films 1 & 2: English, Cantonese, Mandarin / Film 3: English