In the movie Enter the Dragon, the main antagonist of the film scratches Bruce Lee several times with a claw-like hand. In one of the last attempts with the claw, Bruce Lee rubs some of the blood from his body and gently touches it to his tongue, then continues to fight.

This scene is also parodied in That 70's Show where Fez is having a dream scenario where he is fighting ninjas, so it must be a pivitol moment in the film?

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I'm not sure significance is the right word.

Essentially, it's an acknowledgement that the opponent has scored a "hit" and the fight is about to get serious.

The tasting of the blood is Lee basically saying...

"OK, you tagged me, now it's gonna get real."

It happens in several of Lee's movies.

  • I thought that at first but he's "tagged" several times before "it gets real"..he's scratches at least 2 or 3 times before the belly hit, and gets hit afterwards too. I guess it's just theatrics
    – Ace Cabbie
    Dec 16, 2019 at 20:19
  • There is no disagreement here. What @Paulie_D describes is theatrics. You've both nailed it. Truth is convergent.
    – Tom
    Feb 25, 2022 at 0:31

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