Lambcast #601 Enter the Dragon: MOTM

by Richard Kirkham · September 15, 2021 · Featured, LAMBcast, MOTM · 1 Comment

Those Kicks were Fast as Lightning and it was a little bit frightening.

One of the reasons a novelty song about Kung Fu could become a #1 hit world wide is that Bruce Lee had made martial arts films the hot ticket item of the decade. Although he did not live long enough to see it happen, his movie also also made it to number one around the world on the box office charts. If any of you are only familiar with Bruce Lee from the caricature in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” it’s time to broaden your horizons.

Lee was a phenomenal martial artist, but he was also a charismatic screen presence who could not only hold his own in a fight, he could hold the camera with his eyes, his face or his body. He made several films before his untimely death, and a few after, but his masterpiece is “Enter the Dragon”, the film that David Brook has championed to MOTM status for this week’s show.

David hosts this week’s episode along with Richard and guests, Lisa LeaHeey, Todd Liebenow and Nick Rehak. The question is, do you dare get on your junk and take a trip to Han’s forbidden island, and then match up with one of his acolytes in a battle to the death? OK, maybe you just want to listen to us for a couple of hours, that would be fine too.

Actor John Saxon, who was trained in the martial arts, and martial artist Jim Kelly, who had no training as an actor, also star as two desperate men invited to a tournament on Han’s island. Lee plays the James Bond role but all three are in danger as a spy mission is afoot. If you only know of the trope of the martial arts tournament from Mortal Kombat, get ready to learn a few things.

We discuss the philosophy behind Lee’s fighting style, and we contrast the choreography of Jackie Chan to the style of film combat in Bruce Lee’s movies. David gets a lot of background information up front and a musical game to close the episode out.  

Introduction

Discussion   9:45

Lambscores   1:14:30

Rants/Raves/Reviews   1:19:10

Piano Poker with David-Game   1:34:20

Plugs   1:49:50

 

Todd   Forgotten Filmcast

Nick   Rehak Radio

Lisa   The SibList

David   Blue Print Review

Richard   KAMAD   Catching Up Podcast   

The show can be found, of course, via iTunes – just do a search for “LAMBcast.” Also, I always post a link to the show on the LAMBcast’s Facebook page, and there’s a player there if you’d like to listen online. Find the show here:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/lambcast/episodes/2021-09-15T11_45_43-07_00

If you’d ever like to catch up on back episodes, go there. If you’re interested, you too can be a LAMBcaster – we love new blood! For more information on the LAMBcast, check out the topic at the LAMB Forums. Music provided royalty-free by Kevin MacLeod’s Incompetech website. Big thanks to Kevin for providing this service. Closing song by Cake. The LAMBcast loves feedback, too – if you’d like yours read on a future show, leave it in the comments section at the LAMB. Please visit and like our Facebook page, and finally, we’re on iTunes, and would still love a review, even if it’s a bad one. Thanks for listening!

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