Warrior Wisdom #1: Mastery

Teacher: I see your talents have gone beyond the mere physical level. Your skills are now at the point of spiritual insight. I have several questions: what is the highest technique you hope to achieve?

Lee: I have no technique.

Teacher: Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?

Lee: There is no opponent.

Teacher: And why is that?

Lee: Because the word “I” does not exist.

Teacher: So, continue.

Lee: A good fight should be like a small play but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. When there is an opportunity I do not hit. It hits all by itself.

From Enter The Dragon

Dungeon Classics #3: Enter the Dragon

FilmDungeon’s Chief Editor JK sorts through the Dungeon’s DVD-collection to look for old cult favorites….

Enter the Dragon (1973, Hong Kong / USA)

Director: Robert Clouse
Cast: Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, John Saxon, Kien Shih
Running Time: 102 mins.

Enter the Dragon isn’t much of a movie. EXCEPT it is one of the GREATEST martial arts movies EVER. Sadly, it is also Bruce Lee’s penultimate film. He plays secret agent Lee who enlists on a mission to infiltrate a martial arts tournament of epic proportions. It is held on an island near Hong Kong and organised by Han, a former member of Lee’s shaolin temple who has gone renegade. Obviously this dweeb is no match for Lee’s deadly technique. Nor are his henchman, including the ‘Beast from the East’ Bolo Yeung. Many memorable fight scenes (choreographed by Lee himself!) follow. And the spectacle ends with the duel of duels: the mirror room fight!! It is an unforgettable piece of cinema. I got a huge kick out of it when I was young, and still do. This classic hasn’t lost any of its greatness. So do yourself a BIG favor and don’t miss this one.