Seen by Martin before? No
What did I expect? A crude but awesome kung fu movie.
What did I get? Released posthumously, Enter the Dragon materialized in 1973 calculated to deliver, honor, and ratify the legend of Bruce Lee — all in one fell swoop. To say that the Chinese martial arts were ripe for exposure on American shores is an understatement; Lee promptly became the form’s patron saint. Not half as kinetic, jarring, or hyperbolic as I was fearing, Enter the Dragon is a breezy cauldron of mayhem, even if it does represent some form of cross-cultural slumming. Artfully crude yet brimming with relaxed assurance and wit, the movie’s dirty little secret is that the fights are almost the least of it.