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A biopic exploring the early years of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.
There’s a great story about how Davey Boy Smith (aka The British Bulldog) got his name. Smith’s mother, still weary from giving birth, accidentally wrote her newborn son’s gender, “Boy”, as the middle name on his birth certificate. Young Bruce Lee opens with a similar mix-up. Bruce Lee has just been born, and his mother, tired and slightly delirious, murmurs the word “push” over and over, echoing her long gone doctor’s words of encouragement. When asked for the child’s name, the American nurse mishears “Push” as “Bruce”. His family and friends knew him as “Phoenix”, but he kept “Bruce” as a stage name. »
“Known as ‘The Little Dragon’ to legions of adoring fans, Bruce Lee is regarded by many as the greatest martial arts legend who ever lived. From his birth on November 27th 1940 to his departure for San Francisco in 1959, discover how Bruce Lee lived through war and persecution and survived the brutal street-gangs of 1950′s Hong Kong before going on to live his dreams.”
Young Bruce Lee is a Hong Kong biopic based on the recollections of Bruce Lee’s siblings, mainly the first-hand experiences of his younger brother Robert Lee, author of the book “Bruce Lee: My Brother”. From the opening credits you can tell this film has high production values, and why not, it’s an incredible look at the world »
- Baron Fornightly
Back in 2009 there were reports that Media Asia Films and the estate of Bruce Lee were developing a three-part biopic based on the life of Hong Kong's most famous native son entitled Bruce Lee, My Brother and now it's set for a release in feature from here in the UK under the title Young Bruce Lee.
Produced by Robert Lee, Bruce Lee's younger brother, and based on his own first-hand experiences, the film stars Aarif Rahman (Echoes of the Rainbow) as the Little Dragon and charts his life from birth on November 27th 1940 to his departure for San Francisco in 1959, surviving a journey through war, persecution and the brutal street-gangs of 1950's Hong Kong before going on to live his dreams.
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Produced to coincide with the 70th anniversary of his birth, “Bruce Lee, My Brother” is a part-fictionalised biopic of the legendary star, based upon the memoirs of his younger brother Robert Lee, who was himself involved with the writing of the script. The film was directed by Manfred Wong (“The Storm Riders”) and Raymond Yip (“Anna in Kung Fu Land”), and endeavours to tell the story of Lee’s generally less well known early years. Charged with doing justice to the weighty role of one of the most popular and internationally recognisable stars of all time is Aarif Lee, who recently impressed with his award winning turn in “Echoes of the Rainbow”, with a supporting cast that includes Tony Leung Ka Fai, Christy Chung, and Jennifer Tse. Beginning from the very beginning with his birth in San Francisco in 1940, the film follows Bruce Lee, or Phoenix (Aarif Lee) as he was then nicknamed, »
- James Mudge
Chinese director Raymond Yip's Bruce Lee, My Brother (2010) is not the high kicking martial arts amalgamation one might expect from the title, but instead takes a sentimental journey from the renowned actor's childhood through to his late teen years, and is adapted from a book written by his younger brother, Robert Lee. Told with intimate detail only a family member could recount, we are shown the untold story of Asia’s most cherished martial artist.
Born to a wealthy mother Grace Ho (Christy Chung), and fathered by the famous Chinese opera performer Lee Hoi Cheun (Tony Leung Ka-fai), Bruce Lee - played here by Aarif Lee - grew up under the name "Phoenix", after his grandmother decided upon a name which would rise out of the fire of war-ravaged Hong Kong.
Constantly in trouble for his confrontational nature and consequently disciplined by his despairing parents, Bruce spent his youth »
5 items from 2011
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