Should Bruce Lee’s Enter The Dragon ever be remade?

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It should be noted we are not fans of the vast majority of remakes, especially when it comes to classic movies. If the movie was great to begin with, if it’s a classic, then why to try to redo it … except for money. That’s not a good enough reason to try. There has to be something else gained besides money.

Not saying that no remakes should ever be made. There are cases, a very small percentage, where a remake is justified.

Also, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a remake like Greta Gerwig’s take on Little Women in 2019, but there are some movies where the star is so utterly iconic that there is no suitable replacement for the role.

Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon is one of those people.

Seriously, who can possibly ever replace the martial arts sensation? I don’t like to use the word “never” very often, but Lee was an extremely rare individual and there will never be another Bruce Lee.

There is also the time era that the movie was made, the early 70s, the fact that Bruce Lee fought to make his first film to show the Asian culture and fought against Hollywood racism and intolerance. Lee fought to change a ton of things in the film.

There is a really insightful podcast by Lee’s daughter, Shannon with a guest of Bruce Lee’s wife Linda Lee Cadwell where they discuss the making of Enter The Dragon (see: Linda Lee Caldwell: Making “Enter The Dragon” – October 2018). You’ll most certainly learn things, as I did, behind the scenes of this movie that you didn’t know about. It’s quite a story.

The article quoted below is from 2018, so no idea where things are at two years later. Most production of movies have been impacted by the current events of 2020 — and not for the positive. Heck, even Netflix is canceling production of projects that I had previously greenlit. Something tells me if there is an Enter The Dragon remake on somebody’s table, it’s gathering significant dust.

Some films are sacrosanct that ought to be left untouched and for many, Enter the Dragon falls into that category. Despite the purists’ argument that both Fist of Fury (1973) or The Big Boss (1971) probably have better character arcs or narrative, it’s unquestionably Enter the Dragon that brings greater joy. A large part of the audiences’ connection with Enter the Dragon is essentially emotional as this was the film that Lee never lived to see. Irrespective, a remake of the film might ultimately not be as controversial as ‘who would play Lee’s character’ in it.

Remake of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon could get complete overhaul in post-Black Panther world – Entertainment News , Firstpost

This leads to the question asked in the headline: should Enter The Dragon ever be remade?

My answer is no.

Probably not in my lifetime, anyway, am I interested unless some young martial arts sensation comes along that could fill the role not only on talent but also the cultural history, importance and raw passion that Lee brought to the project. Bruce Lee’s name literally means “little dragon” and the title refers to him. It’s not only professional, it’s personal.

Jackie Chan is far too old — and he was already in the original film anyway. Jet Li comes to mind, but not sure he’s young enough either. I think the youth, although this sounds ageist, matters quite a bit. Could Shannon Lee be in it? She says no in the podcast, but that is kind of an unusual and somewhat intriguing concept. Too bad her brother Brandon didn’t survive because he could have been an interesting choice to star in his dad’s place. We’ll never know.

What do you think? Is Enter The Dragon one of those rare films that should probably never be remade?

FIRST LOOK: Be Water- ESPN+

If you’re any kind of martial arts fan, you know all about Bruce Lee. Enter The Dragon is an iconic movie and a look at what more movies from him might have been had he not been taken away at a young age.

Last time Lee came up here was in reference to his controversial portrayal (see: Controversial Bruce Lee Portrayal In Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – Tarantino Says He Won’t Recut Film For China) and he had plenty of people speaking for him, including his daughter, Shannon.

Abdul-Jabbar was Lee’s co-star in Game of Death, and the NBA legend was trained by the martial arts master. Kareem and Lee were good friends, which led to Abdul-Jabbar’s defense. He went as far as to say that Tarantino’s portrayal of Lee was “sloppy” and even “racist.” Shannon Lee, Bruce’s daughter, echoed a similar sentiment in an interview with USA Today

Everything Quentin Tarantino Got Wrong About Bruce Lee, According to the Martial Arts Legend’s Loved Ones

Be sure to watch the video linked in that article from Shannon Lee. Good stuff.

These 30 for 30 ESPN episodes are good stuff. I keep waiting to see this one appear on some streaming channel besides ESPN+, but maybe that will remain an exclusive.

This is the first single episode FIRST LOOK we’ve done, but as a standalone it makes sense.

Be Water, episode 30 of season 4 of ESPN 30 for 30 is available on ESPN+ and Google Play for purchase.

John Saxon, who played Roper in Enter The Dragon, R.I.P at 84

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Bruce Lee’s most famous movie featured Jim Kelly, Jackie Chan and John Saxon as Roper. Saxon’s character actually refused to fight Lee’s when the diabolical Han tried to force combat between the two.

Sadly, Saxon has passed at 84.

In Warner Bros.’ Enter the Dragon (1973), Lee’s first mainstream American movie and last before his death at age 32, Saxon portrayed Roper, a degenerate gambler who participates in a martial arts tournament. In real life, his fighting skills did not approach those possessed by Lee and another co-star, karate champion Jim Kelly.

John Saxon Dead: ‘Enter the Dragon,’ ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Actor Was 83 | Hollywood Reporter
John Saxon as Roper in Enter The Dragon (1973)

As of this writing, HBO Max currently is streaming Enter The Dragon, but it moves around on services, so search via JustWatch.com to see where it’s streaming.

Saxon also starred as Lt. Don Thompson in Nightmare on Elm Street. His movie acting career spanned from 1954 – 2015. His contract with Universal in 1954 was $150 per week.

He’s one of those actors you’ve likely seen in several movies, often as secondary or non-lead character, but adding just the kind of flavor his roles provided to make the films better. What was your favorite Saxon role?

Controversial Bruce Lee Portrayal In Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – Tarantino Says He Won’t Recut Film For China

China blocking Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood for unknown reasons

I remember chuckling at what I believed to be a satirical portrayal of Bruce Lee in Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Lee family, particularly his daughter, Shannon didn’t appreciate the way her father was represented:

The iconic martial artist/actor features in one memorable scene during the movie (played by Mike Moh) – but the way Tarantino presents Bruce has caused some considerable uproar amongst the Lee family, including his daughter Shannon who labelled it “irresponsible”.

Tarantino won’t cut Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Bruce Lee scene
The Bruce Lee fight that never happened in Once Upon a Time …. In Hollywood

It turns out there really was more to this portrayal than meets the eye, as Tarantino wasn’t just joking, as I thought when I saw the movie, he actually thought Bruce Lee was “kind of arrogant.”

“If people are saying, ‘Well he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali,’ well yeah, he did. Not only did he say that, but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read. She absolutely said that.”

Bruce Lee is revered all over the world, particularly in China due to his association with Raymond Chow and the success his films enjoyed in China. It’s easy to say, “it’s just a movie” but when it comes to poking fun at the martial arts master in a movie to be shown in China, it’s definitely no joke over there.

I’m curious if the vast majority of viewers shared my interpretation of the Bruce Lee scene as humor, not intentional disrespect? I mean, after all, you have a blatant alternate reality movie showing a terrible night in American history. The movie wasn’t even tangentially about Bruce Lee. However, after reading Tarantino’s response, there is at the very least a sense of strong creative irony. Seems like there might have been a little bit of cinematic axe grinding.

Let’s also remember you can’t believe everything you read online. I read in an article that none of Quentin Tarantino’s films have been shown in China. This is totally false. Django Unchained had to be recut. A lot of films in China, not just Tarantino’s films, have needed to be edited for distribution in China.

As always, I’m curious what others think about all this. Just smoke, no fire? Did you interpret this scene with Bruce Lee as just entertainment or as an intentional shot at Bruce Lee’s reputation? I think, bearing the circumstances, it’s an interesting question for discussion.