Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon (18 Jan. 1994)

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A video tribute to a martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. Examined are his early years in Hong Kong and his journey to Hollywood, his role of Kato on the TV series 'The Green Hornet', and his ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Alex Ben Block ...
Raymond Chow ...
Himself (archive footage)
Narrator (voice)
Charles B. Fitzsimons ...
Himself (as Charles Fitzsimons)
Dan Inosanto ...
Taky Kimura ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Robert Lee ...
John Little ...


A video tribute to a martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. Examined are his early years in Hong Kong and his journey to Hollywood, his role of Kato on the TV series 'The Green Hornet', and his years as the martial arts instructor to the stars. Lee's spectacular rise to super stardom through his Kung Fu films is detailed, with a revealing look at both the on-screen action and behind the scenes controversy. Celebrity interviews include actor James Coburn talking about Lee as a teacher and collaborator, and actress Diane McBain on Lee's Kato years. Lee's successors in martial arts cinema are profiled, and theories offered about mysterious deaths of Bruce Lee and his son Brandon. Plus rare footage and more! Although his life was cut short at the age of 32, Bruce Lee-- through his movies and his teachings-- will forever be remembered as the Immortal Dragon! Written by Phillip Dye

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15 September 2009 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is a featurette found on the DVD of The Big Boss, dealing with Bruce's life and career. It consists of narration, behind-the-scenes footage, clips from movies and a few interviews. I understand that some of the information herein is false, which is clearly not a good sign for a, y'know, *documentary*. Also, as has been pointed out by others here, the music chosen for this is the opposite mood of what it should be. So, is this a waste of the 50 minutes that it takes to watch? Not completely. It's fairly informational, and you get to see bits of his first screen test. I have no idea if any of what you see here is rare, as this is the only of these I have seen. This goes over his movies, the myths surrounding his death, and the impersonators that were integral in attempting to cash in on the fame of Lee and the wide-spread feeling that he was taken from audiences much too soon. It even comments on a couple of the martial arts stars that came after, including Seagal, Van Damme as well as his own son, Brandon, and his tragic death at a young age. Fairly well-edited and with fine pacing, you could do worse than this. I recommend this to fans of the man. 5/10

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