Reel Steel Presents: The Way of the Dragon + Intro 18

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This film was last shown on 12 June 2022

The film written, directed by and starring Bruce Lee, The Way of the Dragon (1972) is widely regarded as a classic of martial arts cinema.

Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Reel Steel Cinema present a rare screening of this iconic film – coming by way of special permission – to mark this special occasion.

The Way of the Dragon follows our protagonist as he travels from Hong Kong to Rome to help his cousin, whose restaurant is being threatened by local gangsters.

Used to getting their own way, these ruthless criminals underestimate this young man’s ability and ingenuity, and when they are unable to get rid of him they call upon an international martial arts master, leading to one of cinema’s most iconic clashes with the film culminating in a showdown at the Roman Colosseum.

After the back-to-back triumphs of The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972), The Way of the Dragon remains a highlight in Bruce Lee's career, as it was his first film with total control.

One of Lee’s most enthralling films, with the anticipation leading up to his astonishing displays of extraordinary ability being met above and beyond expectation, see why Bruce Lee became one of the biggest martial arts movie stars of all time with this presentation of an enduring classic, now marking its 50th Anniversary.

This screening will also have a special guest introduction from Dr Wayne Wong – School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield – published researcher on Martial Arts Cinema.

His talk – ‘Bruce Lee: An Auteurist Exploration of The Way of the Dragon’ – will highlight the unique standing of The Way of the Dragon within Bruce Lee’s filmography.
Introduction begins 5:40pm.

This film is in English and Mandarin language with English subtitles.

Bruce Lee
English & Madarin with English Subtitles
Bruce Lee


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