Robert Clouse & The Sequel To Enter The Dragon

Robert Clouse & The Sequel To Enter The Dragon

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February 2nd, 2015, 10:30 am #1

In early 1987, Robert Clouse arrived in HK and interviewed 11 key personnel which included Lo Wei, Betty Ting, Stephen Tung Wai, Bolo Yeung, Henry Wong, Chaplin Chang etc. He was doing research and collecting material, first hand information related to Bruce for his 2 new books which were later launched in 1988/89, first being “The Making of Enter The Dragon”, followed by “Bruce Lee – The Biography”.

During his trip to HK, Clouse told Chaplin Chang that he intended to make a sequel to “Enter The Dragon” and might cast Stephen Tung Wai, who acted along Bruce in the famous “teaching scene – don’t think, feel….” in ETD, to be the leading actor in this sequel. The full story was yet to be finalized and Clouse only related to Chaplin that the storyline tells about the junior (Tung) who is now grown up, got involved in another FBI+Kung Fu fighting kind of story. Although without Bruce, Clouse would still make Bruce appears in some scenes (how? using stand-in or BL’s footage??) To star in the leading role of the sequel, Clouse’s basic requirements were to find a young man in his 20s and should be able to converse in English fluently. However, Tung who impressed Clouse with his martial arts skill, had difficulty speaking English and his age was over 30 by then, which hindered Clouse’s idea of using him as the main lead.

Tung, is born on Feb 2nd, 1954 (today is his birthday!). He graduated from a Peking opera school in HK, the same school which Meng Hoi and John Lone (actor of“The Last Emperor (1989)” and “Year of The Dragon (1985)”) enrolled in. Tung learnt northern Kung Fu, Wing Chun and was capable of doing fanciful somersaults. He joined the film industry at a young age of 14. Like Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, he used to work as an extra and stand-in in many of the HK movies before getting the part of Lao, the Shaolin junior disciple of Bruce in ETD. Tung is now a famous director and action choreographer in HK and has won many film awards for his terrific choreography. Like most stuntmen who worked with Bruce, he was inspired by his new way of action choreography in the early 70s.

Tung met Bruce though Lam Ching-Ying. He remembered seeing Bruce’s performing 2 fingers push up continuously 12 times in front of a lift and hitting his 8-packs abdomen were like hitting steel. He also recalled before ETD, he worked as an extra in “Fist of Fury” and saw Bruce rehearsing with the stuntmen. His speed and power were incredibly fast and strong. He was a very amiable person and even when coordinating the fight scenes in ETD, Tung said he and the stuntmen felt at ease because Bruce knew how to make the fight choreography looked extremely appealing to the audience. He loved to joke and hung around with them during the breaks which made them felt that he never despised people of lower class and was the most likeable and incomparable superstar they had ever met.
Here is a short clip of Tung’s interview about Bruce (with English subtitle)


Till Clouse’s death in 1997, the ETD sequel was not made mainly because of unable to find a capable actor that is of the same caliber as Bruce, financing problem (Warner Bro was not interested in making a sequel then), lack of a good script for the sequel etc. Recently, news has been reported that Warner Bros is preparing to remake “Enter The Dragon”. Will this remake surpass the 1973’s classic? Or worse, like the lousy 2012 “The Green Hornet” (starring Jay Chou as Kato)? Most importantly, who has the same charisma, fighting ability and star quality to be the leading actor of this remake?

Guys, what are your views on this future ETD remake?
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Joined: February 1st, 2015, 4:24 pm

February 2nd, 2015, 1:27 pm #2

Fascinating information, right through your post. My opinion on an ETD remake? I don't have the words to express what an monumentally bad idea that would be - but I'll try. Who'd want to go and see it, for one thing? There's surely no market for an ETD remake, as only an idiot would think that they could do justice to the perfection and mythology of the original. That's possibly a naive statement, as there are unscrupulous, egotistical people who wouldn't care whether the film was good or bad, as long as it made them money and a reputation. So I go back to, who'd want to go and see it? Not anyone interested in Bruce Lee and the Martial Arts, that's a given, as we've been burned by so many feeble offerings already - including some 'mainstream' ones. It's never going to happen.
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February 2nd, 2015, 2:33 pm #3

It would only be done as a cash in on the ETD name. Would probably be awful.

And no Bruce Lee, so what's the point?
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February 2nd, 2015, 4:30 pm #4

In early 1987, Robert Clouse arrived in HK and interviewed 11 key personnel which included Lo Wei, Betty Ting, Stephen Tung Wai, Bolo Yeung, Henry Wong, Chaplin Chang etc. He was doing research and collecting material, first hand information related to Bruce for his 2 new books which were later launched in 1988/89, first being “The Making of Enter The Dragon”, followed by “Bruce Lee – The Biography”.

During his trip to HK, Clouse told Chaplin Chang that he intended to make a sequel to “Enter The Dragon” and might cast Stephen Tung Wai, who acted along Bruce in the famous “teaching scene – don’t think, feel….” in ETD, to be the leading actor in this sequel. The full story was yet to be finalized and Clouse only related to Chaplin that the storyline tells about the junior (Tung) who is now grown up, got involved in another FBI+Kung Fu fighting kind of story. Although without Bruce, Clouse would still make Bruce appears in some scenes (how? using stand-in or BL’s footage??) To star in the leading role of the sequel, Clouse’s basic requirements were to find a young man in his 20s and should be able to converse in English fluently. However, Tung who impressed Clouse with his martial arts skill, had difficulty speaking English and his age was over 30 by then, which hindered Clouse’s idea of using him as the main lead.

Tung, is born on Feb 2nd, 1954 (today is his birthday!). He graduated from a Peking opera school in HK, the same school which Meng Hoi and John Lone (actor of“The Last Emperor (1989)” and “Year of The Dragon (1985)”) enrolled in. Tung learnt northern Kung Fu, Wing Chun and was capable of doing fanciful somersaults. He joined the film industry at a young age of 14. Like Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, he used to work as an extra and stand-in in many of the HK movies before getting the part of Lao, the Shaolin junior disciple of Bruce in ETD. Tung is now a famous director and action choreographer in HK and has won many film awards for his terrific choreography. Like most stuntmen who worked with Bruce, he was inspired by his new way of action choreography in the early 70s.

Tung met Bruce though Lam Ching-Ying. He remembered seeing Bruce’s performing 2 fingers push up continuously 12 times in front of a lift and hitting his 8-packs abdomen were like hitting steel. He also recalled before ETD, he worked as an extra in “Fist of Fury” and saw Bruce rehearsing with the stuntmen. His speed and power were incredibly fast and strong. He was a very amiable person and even when coordinating the fight scenes in ETD, Tung said he and the stuntmen felt at ease because Bruce knew how to make the fight choreography looked extremely appealing to the audience. He loved to joke and hung around with them during the breaks which made them felt that he never despised people of lower class and was the most likeable and incomparable superstar they had ever met.
Here is a short clip of Tung’s interview about Bruce (with English subtitle)


Till Clouse’s death in 1997, the ETD sequel was not made mainly because of unable to find a capable actor that is of the same caliber as Bruce, financing problem (Warner Bro was not interested in making a sequel then), lack of a good script for the sequel etc. Recently, news has been reported that Warner Bros is preparing to remake “Enter The Dragon”. Will this remake surpass the 1973’s classic? Or worse, like the lousy 2012 “The Green Hornet” (starring Jay Chou as Kato)? Most importantly, who has the same charisma, fighting ability and star quality to be the leading actor of this remake?

Guys, what are your views on this future ETD remake?
No. It would have been a joke like that lousy "Game of Death" from 1979. Just leave the classic alone.
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February 4th, 2015, 5:41 pm #5


the goddam awful Force Five in 1978 , from the same team that brought you ETD ...... without any of the stars of the original !
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February 4th, 2015, 9:35 pm #6

There was an episode of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, (remember that?) that had a plot or premise similar to Enter the Dragon...
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February 4th, 2015, 11:06 pm #7

Anyone ever see the TV movie "Men of the Dragon" it was shown around 1974 here in the states, it starred Robert Ito, it was a blatant rip-off of ETD, look it up on youtube you may find it.
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Joined: February 1st, 2015, 4:24 pm

February 5th, 2015, 7:53 am #8

Oh no! It is on YouTube, or at least parts of it are, and it's truly bad! The villain had a hint of the Count Draculas (in the shorter clip on YouTube), but it's a film I won't be watching again. Give me 'Fistful of Yen' from 'Kentucky Fried Movie' any day!
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February 5th, 2015, 3:58 pm #9

Glad you liked it. Just suck it up, and sit through the whole movie, it's haliarious!
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February 5th, 2015, 10:32 pm #10

I travelled some miles to watch some Kung Fu crap in 1974/5, but those days are - perhaps unfortunately - long gone!
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