Restored in HD from the original 35mm negative, The Black Dragon’s Revenge is an action-packed Blaxploitation thriller staring martial arts legends Ron van Clief.
Originally released in 1975, the story follows rival gangs on the search for a lost manual written by Bruce Lee himself about a secret martial art known as “finger fighting.” What makes this movie extra special is that not only does the film use the same cheap cut-rate film techniques used in Kung Fu and Blaxploitation films of the era, but it uses some of the worst dialogue from those genres giving an incite into how these films were made in the early to mid-1970s.
However, what gives The Black Dragon’s Revenge its legitimacy are two prominent martial arts figures of the era, van Clief and Charles Bonet. It doesn’t hear that van Clief was nicknamed ‘The Black Dragon’ by Bruce Lee himself, which only adds to the legacy of the greatest martial arts practitioner to be put on celluloid.
The Film Detective Archive have done a spectacular job in yet another restoration and I cannot wait to watch this for a second time today.
The Black Dragon’s Revenge is out now on Blu-ray.
Black Dragon's Revenge
- Overall Score
Blaxploitation Kung Fu never looked so good!