Enter the Dragon – definitely not what I expected in a martial arts film

Media, Stories and Thoughts

As part of my autoethnographic research into martial arts films I, naturally, needed to watch martial arts films. The first on my list, Enter the Dragon (1973), served as my introduction to the genre. I have since managed to watch another three of the films on my list (which can be found on my previous blog post), and I’ve come to the realisation that Enter the Dragon is incredibly different from them. Nevertheless, the film served as an important (if somewhat uninspiring) introduction to the genre, and plays a significant role in the international history of the film genre, as well as going against my personal assumptions of the genre; the language, and the amount of action.

The Language

Prior to Enter the Dragon I had never seen a martial arts film. I was somewhat aware of their influence on Hollywood action films – many of which incorporate Chinese…

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