The Dragon Lives Again
Damn that Bruce Lee (Siu-Lung Leung)! Damn him I say. Ever since the Dark Lord had brought him back from the dead, all this lothario seems to do is cause trouble for me and my minions.
First he gets into a scrap with The Man with No Name, James Bond, plus a pack of zombies at a nearby cafe. Then he teaches Popeye and the One Armed Swordsman to defend themselves. Plus to top it all off, I hear through the grapevine that the Mistress and her consort are planning to shag his brains out.
Yeah. I'm not tangling your noodles, pal. Everything I say is as true as my name is the Exorcist.
The Exorcist. The underworld crime boss who is doing everything in his power to
take over this underground kingdom, for the sake of... errr... hmm... something
I mean, why couldn't Bruce be more like my mate, the Godfather? He's a nice chap he is. Very snazzy dresser. And always does whatever I ask him to. Be it kick, punch, or sport a dashing cravat, old God-face is as good as a very economical prostitute who has concessions for coach parties.
But then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all kicks off when Emmanuel tries to get her leg over. As loose women attempt to f*ck - celebrities shoot like a duck - Dracula ultimately sucks - and at the end of the day, this adventure makes me want to scream out... SHUCKS!
Or words to that effect.
My God! With hand on my heart I have never seen a Bruceploitation film as f*cked-up as 'The Dragon Lives Again'. Honestly. It's as though the filmmakers were a bunch of sexual deviants trying to live out their childhood fantasies, by garnishing the screen with whatever took their fancy during this period of time.
Yeah. That's right, folks. Bruce is depicted as being a pimp in this film. I tried my best to leave it out of my synopsis because this nuance did leave a bitter taste in my mouth once it was eventually revealed. And in a round about way this facet just highlighted to me how some of these 'Lack of Lee' movies were only developed to cash in on his good name.
Anyway. I best stop myself there. It's just that I felt I had to get that off of my chest so I can now explain to you some of the other things that got on my bloody nerves about this picture.
Granted. Not all of the fight scenes were pants. Some of them were pretty decently choreographed I thought. And showed the promise that the other fight scenes could have been a lot less wavy-armed and a lot more punchier in execution. Also, whilst I'm in the mood to praise this film a tad more, I best say that I did dig those silly captions displayed during these sections. Spoofing Bruce's movies in a very innovative manner, despite always constantly flipping to a 'quarry set' whenever fisty-cuffs occurred.
Overall I'd say that 'The Dragon Lives Again' is a very silly sexually driven movie that tried to be funny but came across disrespectful. Shame. A real shame. Because I'm sure that in the proper hands this film could have been a lot better than it was. Still. You never know. Maybe one day soon someone will come across this flick and make it into something... errr... magical?
THE RATING: C-