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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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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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Problematic biography of Bruce Lee
9 February 2006 | by (Lyngby, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong. This is not a complete disaster but this biography is very inferior to the awesome "A Warrior's Journey" by John Little from 2000. For example, the music to "Immortal Dragon" is sentimental and quiet and harmonic (!) The quite opposite of how Bruce Lee was like! The music supervisor must really have been special. Moreover, there are many mistakes in the movie such as the implication that the fight scenes in GAME OF DEATH were done without purpose. On the contrary, Bruce knew exactly what he was doing with GAME OF DEATH, he just didn't have time to finish it before he died. Moreover, "Immortal Dragon" says that the fight scene with Kareem-Abdul does not show Bruce at his best but they give no reason why? I would disagree. I think it is a very, very good scene with Bruce. In fact, one of the best and most intense. The narrator for "Immortal Dragon" sounds like an old man who is telling a funny story. As seen many times through the years Bruce does not get the respect he deserves. Only in "A Warrior's Journey" by John Little we see the awesome martial artist as a real life-artist which is what he was. "Immortal Dragon" is not bad but it is problematic in many regards.


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