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On the set of his latest film, Bruce Lee tells his best friend David
the Tiger (Bruce Li) that he is receiving mysterious phonecalls and fears
for his life ... and a few days later, he turns up dead, having died under
mysterious circumstances - which is of course also a good excuse for the
filmmakers to include massive (and well-known) footage of Bruce Lee's
The Tiger just refuses to believe that Bruce died a natural death, and
together with his journalist buddy George he starts to investigate ... and
soon has a lead on actress Suzy Yang, in whose appartment Bruce died and
who is since hounded by the baddies, and through her, the Tiger soon has a
lead on Fei Lung, who is in cahoots with some criminal organisation on
which Suzy Yang apparently has a revealing tape which mustn't get into the
hands of the police ...
But when the Tiger faces Fei Lung and his buddies all at once, he is
beaten to a pulp, and to top it all off, Suzy Yang is kidnapped. With the
help of George and his girlfriend Kai, the Tiger regains his health,
only to go after the organisation again, and soon have a first showdown
with the organisation's big boss the Baron (Chang Yi). The Tiger
neither succeeds in defeating the Baron nor in freeing Suzy Yang, but
somehow he gets his hands on the tape, and has George and Kai turn it over
to the police while he receives a call for help from Suzy and walks into
what's obviously a trap. And while he has to fight a female opponent in a
local stadium, the baddies close in on Kai and George, killing him and
raping her - alas too late, the tape is already with the police.
Ultimately, the Baron has Kai kidnapped as well and lures the Tiger to
the beach for a final showdown - in which the Tiger gets rid of all of
Baron's henchies rather easily, then uses the upcoming tide to defeat the
Baron as well by having him run into his own blade (yes, the Baron always
wears a sword with him, concealed in a walking stick).
Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger is one of these films taking
place in a parallel world, or at least parallel Hong Kong, where pretty
much every room is plastered with Bruce Lee posters, everyone wearing Ray
Ben sunglasses can be easily mistaken for Bruce Lee, and noone in Hong
Kong has anything else to talk about but Bruce Lee, who seems to be linked
with pretty much everything (in this one the baddies wanted to force Bruce
Lee to be their drugrunner, and with his help they wanted to flood martial
arts schools worldwide with drugs).
If you look beyond this generic weirdness all bruceploitation
films have in common, you are left with a pretty routine martial
arts/gangster flick with a feeble story and rather mediocre fight scenes
(only the final fight between Bruce Li and Chang Yi is really worthwhil).
Not really a good film, while by far not as ridiculous (and as
exhilarating and entertaining) as many other bruceploitation
flicks,but if you like run-of-the-mill 1970's B-martial arts movies, this
one is ok I guess.