The Dragon Lives Again – aka: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu (1977)
There’s so many shades of awesomeness in this movie I’m not sure where to begin.
OK, some history. After the death of Bruce Lee there was born an entire new sub-genre of exploitation: Brucesploitation. Yes, that’s right, people started making Bruce Lee films, without Bruce Lee. This film, originally known as Li san jiao wei zhen di yu men, also known as The Dragon Lives Again and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu is one of said Brucesploitation flicks, but this one ramps it up to 11.
Let me just put my cards on the table here and give you the storyline from an anonymous IMDb user:
“The story follows Bruce Lee after he dies and ends up in Hell. Once there, he does the logical thing and opens a gym. After fending off the advances of the King Of Hell’s naked wives, he discovers that the most evil people in Hell are attempting a takeover, so Bruce sets out to stop it. As if it wasn’t weird enough, the evil people are: Zatoichi (the blind swordsman hero of Japanese film), James Bond, The Godfather, The Exorcist, Emmanuelle (the “heroine” of many European softcore porn films), Dracula, and, of course, Clint Eastwood (played by a Chinese guy). Aiding Bruce is The One-Armed Swordsman (hero of kung-fu films), Kain from the U.S. tv series, Kung-Fu (actually played by a Chinese guy this time), and Popeye the Sailor Man! Yes, Popeye the Sailor Man. He eats spinach and helps Bruce fight some mummies.”
So, tell me, how fucking awesome is that!