Begin the Downieville Classic bike race weekend at the Yuba Theatre on Friday at 8:30 PM to watch, first, the 25 min. pre-show, Trail Stewards of the Lost Sierra, a fascinating documentary highlighting the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, followed by the full length feature, the 1973 classic martial arts’ film Enter the Dragon, co-sponsored by Santa Cruz Bicycles and the Sierra County Arts Council. Enter the Dragon is R-rated.
Directed by Robert Clouse and starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon, and Jim Kelly.
One of the most popular kung fu films ever, and perhaps the peak of the famed Bruce Lee’s career, Enter the Dragon achieved success by presenting a series of superbly staged fighting sequences with a minimum of distractions. The story finds Lee as a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister’s death. This evil villain operates from a fortified island manned by a team of crack martial artists, who also host a kung fu competition. Lee uses his skills to enter the contest and then tries to chop, kick, and otherwise fight his way into the dealer’s headquarter. The story is, of course, merely an excuse for showdown after showdown, featuring masterly fighting by Lee in a wide variety of martial arts styles. Essential viewing for martial arts fans, the film was also embraced by a larger audience, thanks to a fast pace and higher-than-usual production values.