No. 87 – Enter the Ninjas

Prog 1192’s (2000) Sinister Dexter cover by Jason BrashillBruce Lee [born Lee Jun-fan, Chinese: 李振藩] (1940–1973) in a still from Enter the Dragon (1973)

Considered one of the greatest martial arts films of all time, Enter the Dragon was released on 26 July 1973 in Hong Kong, six days after Lee’s death. Lee himself is widely regarded as a pop icon of the 20th century, and is credited with changing the way Asians are portrayed in American films.

Lee also developed his own hybrid martial art known as Jeet Kune Do (or Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, after Lee himself), “The way of the intercepting fist,” based on the Wing Chun[1] [Chinese: 詠春] concept of interception or attacking when one’s opponent is about to attack.

  1. A traditional southern Chinese Wushu [Chinese: 武術] Kungfu (an umbrella term for Chinese martial arts) form of self-defence utilising both striking and grappling in close-quarter combat