The Way of the Dragon ★★★½

The Way of the Dragon is technically a mess: shots are out-of-focus, poorly framed, the editing is slipshod, the script is thin, the scenarios often make no sense, the story is lazily contrived, and the humor is, mostly, dumb. Bruce Lee was clearly out of his depth as a director.

But. Lee gets three things in this movie right: the fight scenes are great, especially the tacked-on showdown with Norris (whose character is not even introduced until just a few minutes remain); Nora Miao, who doesn't really do anything except take Lee shopping at the dumbest possible time, is a fox; and Lee is so natural and likable in the role of Dragon that he completely sells the entire movie, mitigating all of its flaws.

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