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Bruce Lee: The Man, the Myth (1976)

Li Xiao Long zhuan qi (original title)
Fighting sequences and drama of the famed martial arts icon grace this biopic as he goes from Hong Kong, to studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, to California, and the ... See full summary »

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David Chow ...
Murayaki
Chi-Min Chin
Little Unicorn ...
Himself
Carl Scott
Ping Ou Wei
Hsiao-Hu Lin
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Chih-po Chao
Betty Chen
Alan Chung San Chui
Chan-Chi Chung
Tsan-Chi Chung
Roberta Ciappi ...
Daughter of Italian Mobster
Ernest Curtis
Hark-On Fung ...
Challenger to Bruce Lee on 'Enter the Dragon' Set
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Fighting sequences and drama of the famed martial arts icon grace this biopic as he goes from Hong Kong, to studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, to California, and the beginnings of his Hollywood career. As he continues his film career after his return to Hong Kong, the many fight challenges to him are featured from Thailand to Italy. Bruce's family is briefly featured along with his real life long best friend Little Unicorn (who portrays himself). While liberties have been taken (as in any biopic), this is a chronologically correct depiction of his rise-to-fame to his untimely demise. Written by Lonely Soldier Boy

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The score over the opening scene depicting paramedics rushing an unconscious Bruce Lee to the hospital is actually "Hell is Comin' to Breakfast Part 2," a cue recycled from Clint Eastwood's classic western, The Outlaw Josey Wales. See more »

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Referenced in Small Change (1978) See more »

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Truly hilarious!!
13 January 2004 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

I first had the pleasure of seeing this through a 2 volume tape set which included The Chinese Connection and oddly named documentary Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth. Upon first seeing it, I said, "What a bunch of crap! That's not Bruce." However, after watching it again, I really wished they offered this on DVD.

Fast forward to now and this epic (HAH!) tale is available on DVD as Bruce Lee: True Story. Bruce Li tries to play Bruce. To be fair, this is probably his best (not that that's saying much) work in tribute to the late great Lee. It kind of closely follows Bruce's rise to fame, except I don't know if Bruce lost his cool and was always so rash to street fight to prove himself. My favorite scenes include Bruce earning some cash in college (who are you anyway old man??) and Bruce learning to exercise more caution (OUCH!) when jogging. Bruce Li tends to brag a lot putting down any other fighting form other than kung fu. Surprisingly, there are some actual cameos here including Bruce's friend Unicorn Chan and even the guy who takes more than enough nunchuk hits to the head in the Way of the Dragon. Bruce Li does manage to portray Bruce as a likable good-natured guy but really runs on empty in terms of capturing his fighting style. Then again, who can, right?

Now on to the oddities. According to this, Bruce had a really goofy training machine which measured his hits on impact. The finger poking apparatus is just really funny and that beeping sound with the green light. Also, the movie mainly focuses on Bruce and Linda and the kids are shown...barely. Add the crappy dub and lame-o lines like:

"So next time you listen to me, cause I'm not doing the talking here...kung fu is!!"

But the price of admission has to be the rumors of Bruce's demise. Personally, I think he's in seclusion at some remote village in New Guinea.

Regardless, go into this one knowing it's NOT Bruce Lee, but a fun filled homage made during the peak of Bruceploitation films and I can guarantee you'll come to like it too. Still, WAY better than Robert Clouse's botched Game of Death.


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