Enter the Dragon is one of the biggest martial arts films when it comes to influence. It widely influenced Western martial arts films and culture. People were talking about martial arts and they were quoting Bruce Lee in their tea party discussions. For a number of reasons, Enter the Dragon is the most notable martial arts film in the history of cinema.
The way Enter the Dragon inspired USA and Europe is truly amazing. It indicates what a film can do for people. Enter the Dragon was about one-on-one martial arts fights and about Bruce Lee trying to figure out the truth when working for British Intelligence under cover. But it was also about strength, discipline, and character. It was something that heavily influenced everyone’s life who watched the movie.
Here are five ways this movie inspired the Western cinema and culture.
- Joint production across continents was a hit
The movie wasn’t probably the first attempt to bring artists and technicians together from two different countries but it was definitely one of the most notable projects of its time. Hong Kong and USA co-produced this movie and told the world how it was to be done. The movie went on to become the highest grossing martial arts film in the history as US audience received it well. As a result, it inspired the Western martial arts films and continues to do so even today.
- Inspiration for producers to welcome other martial arts stars
This movie wasn’t only big for Bruce Lee but it was also a signal for producers to look at other superstars from Asian martial arts cinema. It was truly a movie that set the tone for stars like Jackie Chan and Jet Lee to enter the USA industry and become part of super-hit films.
- Extraordinary Hand-to-hand combats can make the audience ignore the plot
Enter the Dragon wasn’t much about the story. Bruce Lee was asked by British Intelligence to help catch a rogue smuggler and criminal. To help, Mr. Lee had to join a martial arts contest on a private island. That was the only way to get closer to the smuggler who owned the island.
Sounds nothing special? It doesn’t matter. One of the inspirations for Western cinema was to involve extraordinary hand fights. It was the secret to get a smash hit film with a routine script. Bruce Lee made the fight scenes epic as he delivered extraordinary performance with precision that kept audience loving it for decades. It was Bruce Lee’s this unparallel performance that made him such a huge international star.
- Chinese Culture is lovely
Enter the Dragon was a celebration of the Chinese culture. When the movie took audience to Han’s island, there were number of inspirational cultural elements for the world to see. There were those traditional Chinese martial arts tournaments. Watching those tournaments on screen felt like being magical.
- A tipping point for martial arts in American culture
Enter the Dragon was the tipping point. It was the movie that brought that famous martial arts culture into the USA. Schools started teaching karate and students were crazy to defend themselves using martial arts. It was everywhere. Even the cinema followed up by delivering movies like Karate Kid, Bloodsport and numerous Jackie Chan films.