Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: The Tattooed Dragon (1973)

Poster for The Tattooed Dragon (1973)The Tattooed Dragon (1973) by #WeiLo

w/ #JimmyWangYu #SamuelHui #SylviaChang

The Tattooed Dragon comes to the rescue after violent gangster types take over a small village by opening a casino and fleecing all of the locals.

from Golden Harvest Productions

#HongKong #Action #MartialArts


The Tattooed Dragon (1973) is a vehicle for star Jimmy Wang Yu, who had great success with One-Armed Boxer AKA The Chinese Professionals (1972) – which I talked about on a previous Friday Night at the Home Drive-in

Due to vagaries of modern existence, I will not be able to spend a long time talking about this movie today. To be honest, I don’t really have a lot to say about The Tattooed Dragon that I didn’t already say about One-Armed Boxer. Same star. Same old-school martial arts entertainment. 

I would say that One-Armed Boxer is probably the better of the two movies, but The Tattooed Dragon still has lots to offer. I was thoroughly caught up in it’s relatively simple storyline for most of the movie’s 93 minutes. Things do take an unexpectedly dark turn toward the end, and the ending itself is a bit unsatisfying, but I was certainly never bored.

All in all, The Tattooed Dragon (1973) is a fine example of the kind of Hong Kong #NotQuiteClassicCinema that I might have seen when I was a kid, but didn’t. It confirms my interest in seeing more Jimmy Wang Yu movies (an interest that began with One-Armed Boxer). And I will look forward to doing exactly that on some future #FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn.