ENTER THE DRAGON

Enter the Dragon is my favourite film because it displays agreat talent for a martial arts film. The movie has a served as agreat inspiration for my martial arts training since I joinedTaekwondo and Brazilian Jitsu. Besides, Bruce Lee who is the mainstar of the movie is my favourite actor. He has served as both anactor in the action films and a martial instructor. The movie is alsoa favourite because it features Bruce Lee’s fighting style known asthe June Keet Do. June Kneet Do is a non-classical fighting art, notpatterned and fixed like other traditional martial arts (O`Brien,2012). This fighting style clearly displays how he manages to defeathis partners. Through the film, I understood how one could beextremely fast and use minimal movements that enable them to achievemaximum effectiveness.

A high interconnection exists between the aesthetic and the technicalaspects of the film. The structure of the movie was the best since itis based on survival, resistance and revenge (O`Brien, 2012). Itpresents Bruce as a master martial artist with a unique philosophy.He worked as a spy for the British intelligence in an Island that wassuspected of smuggling drugs. It was upon gathering concreteevidence that his cover is blown, and he is forced to a battle with adozen guards and the villain. The structure is characterised by greatfighting scenes that influence the Western audience to understand theEastern philosophies of Martial arts according to the scripts thatwere written by Bruce Lee (O`Brien, 2012). The sound and music usedwere obtained from different genres of music. Artists were invited toprovide a series of daily performances. The producer ensured thatpanels were suspended in the theatre so that the musical performancespromoted self-reflection and co-operative improvisation among theaudience. Bruce prepared all the choreography, and it reflected hisJune Keet Do martial style of fighting. However, other fighters inthe play applied the traditional Kung Fu. The British Board of FilmClassification has recommended the editing of the movie following thecriticisms from the public that it was promoting acts of violenceespecially among criminals (British Board of Film Classification,2011). Besides, scenes, where offensive weapons are used such aschain sticks and knives, were reduced as well as where Bruce killshis opponents by breaking their necks. It was argued that the scenesencouraged violent behaviour especially among teenagers who provideda great audience for the Kung Fu films.

After the course, my perception of Enter the Dragon will onlybe positively affected. I understand the need to edit the movie sothat it can instil the right values and morals among the younggeneration. Additionally, the movie has always felt somehow realespecially because of how it promoted the revolution of the Chineseculture in America. Being an active member of the Martial Arts forover 30 years, I continue to view the movie from a positive light.The course equips me with a better understanding of the film. I havea better understanding of how the fighting style of Bruce hascontributed to the martial arts. For instance, his Jeet Kune Do styleis today known as the mixed martial arts and has been adopted by theUltimate Fighting Championships (British Board of FilmClassification, 2011). Finally, the course has also helped me to viewthe main star of the movie as a legend of the Chinese culture becausethrough him the Kung Fu films dominated the action movies world.

Reference

British Board of Film Classification, (2011). Case Study: Enter theDragon. Retrieved fromhttp://www.bbfc.co.uk/case-studies/enter-dragonaccessed on 2/3/2016.

O`Brien, H. (2012). Action movies: The cinema of striking back.London: Wallflower.