Thursday, April 27, 2017

Chattanooga Film Festival 2017: AGFA presents - The Dragon Lives Again

Once again, I was able to return to the Chattanooga Film Festival with Mass Listeria!  I love cinema in all of its forms, so the Chattanooga Film Festival is one of my favorite times of year because I spend four days being surrounded by movies and fellow film lovers!  To get a sense of why I love the Chattanooga Film Festival so much, read my post from the start of my coverage of the 2016 Chattanooga Film Festival (found here)...every word of it still holds true!

We already did an overview episode on Mass Listeria (found at, but for the next several episodes of The Gargyle Podcast, I'll be providing reviews of each of the films that I saw individually.  Up next in my coverage of the 2017 Chattanooga Film Festival is:  The Dragon Lives Again, presented by the American Genre Film Archive

I'll be providing the description of the films provided in the Chattanooga Film Festival program and trailers via YouTube, when available.  The descriptions and trailers of the movies might let you know what they are about, but if you want to know what I thought of them...well, you are just going to have to give the podcast a listen.

The CFF program description for The Dragon Lives Again, presented by the American Genre Film Archive was:
Bruce Lee is dead!  Long live Bruce Lee!  Not even slightly inconvenienced by the lack of an actual living Bruce Lee, opportunistic producers unleashed a late 1970s tidal wave of Brucesploitation movies starring martial artists with names such as Bruce Li, Bruce Le, and Bruce Leong.  As the trend reached peak saturation, the gimmicks (and titles) got weirder:  Bruce Lee vs. Superman, Bruce Lee vs. The Clones of Bruce Lee, and The Notorious Bruce Lee vs. Gay Power!  And none of them are as weird as The Dragon Lives Again, which begins exactly where Bruce's life ended.  The now-dead Lee finds himself in Hell, where after incurring the wrath of the King of the Underworld, he meets Popeye the Sailor Man at a bar.  Sound weird yet?  A coalition of criminals led by "The Exorcist" and including such illustrious members as James Bond, Clint Eastwood, "The Godfather," Emmanuelle and Dracula begin plotting against the King and attempting to kill Bruce.  This is lawless, fearless, out-of-control genre filmmaking at its best.  Expect wacky slapstick, weird sex jokes, and genuine kung fu fighting set to music stolen from every popular soundtrack of its day.

I saw 21 feature films, short films, partial films, or live shows during the Chattanooga Film Festival!  So, be sure to check back soon for more of my CFF coverage!  And if you enjoy movies, conventions, comics, games, cartoons, Star Wars, horror, or just about anything sure to keep coming back for all things geekery!!  In the meantime, follow me here, on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube and be sure to subscribe to my podcast on iTunes and/or Google Play for more geek coverage!

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