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  (in credits order)

Bruce Lee ... Himself (archive footage)
Bruce Li ... Himself (archive footage)
Dragon Lee ... Yo Long
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hwang-ki Baek ... (archive footage)
Hyeong-Kan Choi ... (archive footage)
Min Kyu Choi ... (archive footage)
Ryong Geo ... (archive footage)
Myeong-hwan Han ... (archive footage)
Tae-il Han ... (archive footage)
Ki-Ju Kim ... (archive footage)
Wang Kuk Kim ... (archive footage)
Mu-Seong Kwak ... (archive footage)
Il-su Kwon ... (archive footage)
Do-shik Ma ... (archive footage)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Hakim (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kien Shih ... Han (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Markovic 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Dolgin  (as Lerry Dolchin)
Serafim Karalexis  writer
Dick Randall  writer

Produced by
Serafim Karalexis .... producer
Dick Randall .... producer
Film Editing by
Jim Markovic 

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Also Known As:
"Bruce Lee: The Little Dragon" - USA
"The Young Bruce Lee" - USA
"Young Bruce Lee and the Last Fist of Fury" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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93 min | UK:118 min (1979) (video) | Canada:100 min (Ontario)
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Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Sweden:15 | UK:18
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Pretty worthless even if you're a Bruce Lee completist..., 5 November 2005
Author: InjunNose from Alabama

There's very little of the "real Bruce Lee" in this film, its title notwithstanding. The brief clips of four of the movies he made as a Hong Kong child star ("Kid Cheung", "Bad Boy", "Carnival", and "Orphan Sam") are mildly interesting, but they don't really have anything to do with Lee's later career as a martial arts practitioner/teacher/writer and kung-fu film luminary. The rest of "The Real Bruce Lee" consists of a handful of clips of Bruce Li, the first and most watchable Lee impersonator, followed by a (way too) long mini-feature which the narrator calls 'The Ultimate Lee'. Said mini-feature stars Dragon Lee, a rather graceless Korean martial artist who was by far the LEAST adept of the three major Bruce Lee imitators! There are no credits for 'The Ultimate Lee', and I suspect that it is an edit of a longer film which has never been seen in its complete form in the United States. It appears to have been shot in Korea, rather than Hong Kong or Taiwan, and the fight choreography is--as in most Dragon Lee films--very clunky. The dubbing and sound effects are standard (which is to say terrible) for a low-budget chopsocky movie. The most laughable thing about 'The Ultimate Lee' is the narrator's claim that it was Bruce Lee's next scheduled project, and that Dragon Lee had to be brought in to replace him! Bruce Lee had already starred in "The Chinese Connection"; he wouldn't have gone anywhere near this sordid, clumsy little ripoff of his own classic film. Avoid.

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