In the 1970s, no one shaped kung-fu cinema quite like Bruce Lee. His lightning-fast kicks and flurry of fists got every moviegoer pumped. Visit the most iconic filming locations from his body of work. Now, throw your shoulders back, thumb your nose, and give us your best kung-fu shout!
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Golden Harvest Studios introduced Bruce Lee to western audiences with global box office titles “The Big Boss” and “Enter the Dragon.” Although the original studio is no longer around, every kung-fu fan will remember the studio that launched Bruce Lee into superstardom.
The Peninsula Office Tower, 18 Middle Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Enter the Dragon (1973) The host of the deadliest martial arts tournament in Bruce Lee’s last film, Han’s Island, can be found in the Tai Tam Bay. The triangular bay where Enter the Dragon (1975) was shot is now a resort and park, but it still has the iconic tennis courts if you’d like to duel with someone to the death.
Tai Tam Bay, Hong Kong
The Way of the Dragon (1972) Watch Bruce “The Little Dragon” Lee in the city of Rome. His adversaries this time: the crime mob and Chuck Norris in his cinematic debut. The Colosseum is open to tourists all year round, just hope you don’t catch a roundhouse kick from Chuck.
Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, Italy
A Chinese man faces off with the Thai drug cartel in the film that introduced Bruce Lee to the world outside of Hong Kong. “The Big Boss” (1971) was filmed on location in a small Pak Chong village, but you probably won’t run into the crime world in the village. It’s actually a peaceful town near a national park!
Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Bruce Lee waved his patriotism in “Fist of Fury” (1972) when he protected his countrymen from oppressors. To this day, you can see where the famous confrontation takes place in the oldest public garden in Macau.
de Macau, Praca de Luis de Camoes, Macao
Outside of the five-floor dojo in “Game of Death” (1978), the controversial film’s exterior shots were taken in the New Territories. What was the hideout of the five deadliest assassins is actually a mountainous region of wetlands and parks. You can even find Disneyland here!
New Territories, Hong Kong