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when_CS
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,_,
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divide_NN
into_IN
two_CD
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,_,
based_VBN
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their_PP$
action_NN
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._.
the_DT
first_OD
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,_,
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,_,
lots_PN
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machinegun_NN
fire_NN
and_CC
huge_JJ
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._.
the_DT
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one_CD
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hong_NP
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martial_JJ
arts_NNS
flicks_VBZ
,_,
probably_RB
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they_PP
could_MD
(_(
or_CC
,_,
to_IN
be_BE
more_DT
precise_JJ
,_,
thought_VBD
they_PP
could_MD
)_(
imitate_VB
its_PP$
stunts_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
real_JJ
life_NN
._.
decades_NNS
later_RBR
,_,
while_CS
refining_VBG
my_PP$
own_DT
cinematic_JJ
taste_NN
,_,
i_PP
began_VBD
to_IN
appreciate_VB
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actually_RB
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those_DT
movies_NNS
,_,
probably_RB
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of_IN
overexposure_NN
to_IN
shoot-em-up_???
idiocy_???
of_IN
1980s_CD
ramboids_NNS
._.
yes_UH
,_,
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
kung_???
fu_???
and_CC
other_JJ
"_"
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
"_"
flicks_VBZ
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cheap_JJ
,_,
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predictable_JJ
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formulaic_JJ
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,_,
and_CC
asked_VBD
very_RB
little_JJ
of_IN
production_NN
values_NNS
aside_RB
from_IN
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
skills_NNS
._.
but_CC
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
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time_NN
,_,
those_DT
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their_PP$
own_DT
rules_NNS
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the_DT
hands_NNS
of_IN
capable_JJ
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a_DT
terrific_JJ
guilty_JJ
pleasure_NN
and_CC
source_NN
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relaxation_NN
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
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those_DT
movies_NNS
,_,
one_CD
that_DT
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test_NN
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time_NN
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keep_VB
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own_DT
cult_NN
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quarter_NN
of_IN
century_NN
was_BEDZ
enter_VB
the_DT
dragon_NN
._.
made_VBN
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1973_CD
in_IN
a_DT
joint_JJ
hong_NP
kong_NP
-_-
hollywood_NP
venture_NN
,_,
it_PP
was_BEDZ
intended_VBN
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bring_VB
bruce_NP
lee_NP
's_POS
skills_NNS
and_CC
kung_???
fu_???
philosophy_NN
to_IN
the_DT
western_JJ
audience_NN
._.
it_PP
succeeded_VBD
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
still_RB
debatable_JJ
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its_PP$
own_DT
merit_NN
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the_DT
unfortunate_JJ
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bruce_NP
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that_DT
actor_NN
._.
lee_NP
plays_VBZ
a_DT
quiet_JJ
shaolin_NP
monk_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
a_DT
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
expert_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
approached_VBN
by_IN
interpol_NP
official_JJ
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asks_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
join_VB
tri-annual_JJ
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
tournament_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
held_VBN
on_IN
a_DT
remote_JJ
island_NN
,_,
owned_VBN
and_CC
controlled_VBN
by_IN
han_NP
,_,
renegade_JJ
shaolin_NP
monk_NN
._.
interpol_NP
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that_CS
the_DT
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
business_NN
is_BEZ
just_RB
cover_VB
for_IN
narcotics_NNS
,_,
gun-running_VBG
and_CC
prostitution_NN
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and_CC
lee_NP
must_MD
find_VB
the_DT
evidence_NN
necessary_JJ
for_IN
authorities_NNS
to_IN
intervene_VB
._.
lee_NP
accepts_VBZ
the_DT
mission_NN
because_CS
of_IN
personal_JJ
reasons_NNS
-_-
o'harra_NP
,_,
han_NP
's_POS
brutal_JJ
bodyguard_NN
was_BEDZ
responsible_JJ
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the_DT
tragic_JJ
death_NN
of_IN
lee_NP
's_POS
sister_NN
years_NNS
ago_RB
._.
the_DT
island_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
destination_NN
of_IN
two_CD
colourful_JJ
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
experts_NNS
from_IN
us_NP
-_-
williams_NP
(_(
played_VBD
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jim_NP
kelly_NP
)_)
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racist_JJ
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,_,
and_CC
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roper_NN
wants_VBZ
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make_NN
money_NN
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order_NN
to_IN
pay_NN
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._.
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enter_VB
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dragon_NN
was_BEDZ
in_IN
many_DT
ways_NNS
influenced_VBN
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james_NP
bond_NN
(_(
the_DT
007_CD
franchise_NN
itself_PPX
would_MD
return_VB
favour_NN
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using_VBG
kung_???
fu_???
elements_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
man_NN
with_IN
the_DT
golden_JJ
gun_NN
two_CD
years_NNS
later_RBR
)_(
._.
the_DT
main_JJ
hero_NN
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faced_VBN
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a_DT
power-hungry_JJ
megalomaniac_NN
on_IN
a_DT
remote_JJ
island_NN
,_,
alone_RB
against_IN
whole_JJ
army_NN
of_IN
bad_JJ
guys_NNS
._.
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
lee_NP
was_BEDZ
more_DT
believable_JJ
hero_NN
than_CS
bond_NN
;_;
deprived_JJ
of_IN
guns_NNS
and_CC
super-tech_NN
gadgets_NNS
,_,
he_PP
had_HVD
to_TO
rely_VB
only_RB
on_IN
his_PP$
personal_JJ
skills_NNS
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
survive_VB
._.
in_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
,_,
the_DT
plot_NN
,_,
although_CS
extremely_RB
thin_JJ
,_,
allowed_VBN
him_PP
even_RB
some_DT
internal_JJ
battles_NNS
-_-
between_IN
the_DT
natural_JJ
instinct_NN
to_IN
avenge_VB
his_PP$
sister_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
own_DT
anti-violent_NN
philosophy_NN
._.
the_DT
latter_DT
provided_CS
some_DT
opportunities_NNS
to_IN
evaluate_VB
lee_NP
's_POS
acting_JJ
skills_NNS
and_CC
some_DT
new_JJ
elements_NNS
to_IN
his_PP$
impressive_JJ
screen_NN
presence_NN
._.
although_CS
two_CD
other_JJ
main_JJ
actors_NNS
-_-
john_NP
saxon_NN
being_BEG
the_DT
obligatory_NN
good_JJ
white_JJ
guy_NN
and_CC
jim_NP
kelly_NP
being_BEG
the_DT
obligatory_NN
black_JJ
good_JJ
guy_NN
-_-
were_BED
intended_VBN
to_IN
share_NN
top_NN
spot_NN
with_IN
lee_NP
,_,
they_PP
served_VBD
as_IN
nothing_PN
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
comic_NN
relief_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
real_JJ
shame_NN
to_IN
see_VB
kelly_NP
,_,
definitely_RB
the_DT
worse_JJR
actor_NN
than_CS
saxon_JJ
,_,
to_IN
steal_VB
the_DT
scenes_NNS
from_IN
him_PP
only_RB
because_CS
his_PP$
lines_NNS
,_,
being_BEG
the_DT
worst_JJS
possible_JJ
blaxploitation_NN
cliches_NNS
,_,
sound_NN
so_RB
damn_JJ
over_IN
the_DT
top_NN
._.
other_JJ
actors_NNS
,_,
not_XNOT
including_IN
shih_NP
kien_???
who_NP
turns_NNS
han_NP
into_IN
typical_JJ
,_,
although_CS
not_XNOT
very_RB
convincing_JJ
bondian_JJ
villain_NN
,_,
are_BER
nothing_PN
more_DT
than_CS
fist_NN
fodder_NN
for_IN
bruce_NP
lee_NP
(_(
among_IN
them_PP
is_BEZ
young_JJ
jackie_NP
chan_NP
)_)
._.
fighting_NN
scenes_NNS
are_BER
still_RB
impressive_JJ
today_RB
as_CS
they_PP
were_BED
25_CD
years_NNS
ago_RB
,_,
although_CS
they_PP
mostly_RB
lack_NN
gore_NP
associated_JJ
with_IN
that_DT
genre_NN
._.
in_IN
many_DT
way_NN
they_PP
are_BER
also_RB
more_RBR
realistic_JJ
(_(
they_PP
were_BED
personally_RB
staged_VBN
by_IN
lee_NP
himself_PPX
)_(
,_,
demanding_JJ
only_RB
a_DT
blow_NN
or_CC
two_CD
to_IN
incapacitate_VB
or_CC
kill_VB
the_DT
opponent_NN
._.
i'm_???
not_XNOT
a_DT
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
expert_NN
nor_CC
the_DT
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
fan_NN
,_,
but_CC
comparing_VBG
those_DT
scenes_NNS
with_IN
typical_JJ
scenes_NNS
today_RB
i_PP
simply_RB
can't_MD
avoid_VB
to_IN
appreciate_VB
the_DT
difference_NN
from_IN
today_RB
's_POS
movie_NN
fights_NNS
when_CS
masses_NNS
of_IN
bloody_JJ
pulp_NN
manage_VB
to_IN
get_VB
up_RP
from_IN
the_DT
floor_NN
and_CC
win_VB
in_IN
the_DT
end_NN
._.
so_RB
,_,
despite_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
obvious_JJ
flaws_NNS
that_CS
preclude_VB
this_DT
movie_NN
of_IN
being_BEG
top_JJ
100_CD
of_IN
all_PDT
times_NNS
,_,
enter_VB
the_DT
dragon_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
incredibly_RB
entertaining_JJ
piece_NN
of_IN
cinema_NN
and_CC
the_DT
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
flick_NN
that_CS
can_MD
be_BE
enjoyed_VBN
even_RB
by_IN
those_DT
who_WP
don't_DO
like_VB
that_CS
particular_JJ
genre_NN
._.