The Black Dragon’s Revenge (1975)
aka The Death of Bruce Lee
aka Long zheng hu dou jing wu hun
Genre: Action | Kung Fu
Country: Hong Kong | USA | Director: Chin-Ku Lu
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 90mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1280×720 – 23.976fps – 2.00gb
Audio 2: Commentary with George Tan and Actor Ron Van Clief
Three rival gangs embark on a search for Bruce Lee’s handwritten “finger gifhting” manual.
Ace martial arts champion Ron Van Clief is paid $100,000 dollars by some rich guy to find out exactly how the legendary Bruce Lee died. Fellow karate champ Charles Bonet, the star of the hilariously horrible cheapie “Death Promise,” helps Van Clief out. Moreover, several other folks also investigate Lee’s death. Of course, a bunch of evil people lead by a wicked bald guy try to stop our heroes.
Director Chin-Ku Lu maintains a constant snappy pace throughout and stages the copious exciting fight scenes with a reasonable amount of flair. The villains are a truly mean and hateful bunch of no-count individuals; my favorite was the nasty lady who brandishes poisonous snakes. Van Clief’s likable and charismatic presence rates as another plus; the engaging chemistry between Van Clief and Bonet really keeps the picture humming. The fairly polished cinematography, a generous sprinkling of brutal violence, the urgent, driving, wildly dramatic score, and the inevitable amusingly cruddy dubbing are among the other goodies to be relished in this hugely enjoyable chopsocky exploitation outing.