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More than just a biography, this film explores Bruce Lee's global impact to see how he has influenced all areas of popular culture including fitness... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Jackie Chan ... Himself

Margaret Cho ... Interviewee
Raymond Chow ... Himself

Rob Cohen ... Himself

Randy Couture ... Himself
Marwan Elgamal ... Himself

Eddie Griffin ... Himself
Grady Hendrix ... Himself
Taky Kimura ... Himself

Bruce Lee ... Himself (archive footage)

Shannon Lee ... Herself

Stan Lee ... Himself

Sugar Ray Leonard ... Himself
Yu Pang Lin ... Himself

LL Cool J ... Himself
Bey Logan ... Himself

Cali Nelle ... Himself (as Nelle Franck Cali)

Charles Parnell ... Narrator

Brett Ratner ... Himself

RZA ... Interviewee

John Saxon ... Himself

Lalo Schifrin ... Himself
Yan Ming Shi ... Himself

Anderson Silva ... Himself
David Tadman ... Himself
Shawn Tompkins ... Himself
Ken 'Flex' Wheeler ... Himself

Dana White ... Himself

John Woo ... Himself

Donnie Yen

Wah Yuen ... Himself

Directed by
Steve Webb 
Writing credits
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Produced by
Joanne Azern .... producer
Paul Cabana .... co-executive producer
Salimah El-Amin .... line producer
Dirk Hoogstra .... executive producer
Becky Lee .... field producer
Shannon Lee .... executive producer
Jon-Barrie Waddell .... executive producer
Steve Webb .... producer
Cinematography by
Rick Cullis 
Justin Evans 
Paul Jacobson 
James Mathers 
Alastair McCormick 
Mark Molesworth 
Kev Robertson 
Nathan Wilson 
Film Editing by
James Jones 
Production Management
Becky Lee .... production manager
Sound Department
Dave Eden .... sound
Steve Giammaria .... assistant re-recording mixer
Noah Mathers .... sound
Cory Melious .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Moncur .... sound
Richard Munns .... sound
Ryan M. Price .... sound effects editor
Paul Stula .... sound
Editorial Department
Christi Leftwich .... assistant editor
Music Department
Chris Robertson .... music supervisor
Gary Robinson .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Marissa Branson .... researcher
Nicholas Eriksson .... production assistant
Bill Royce .... talent
Alicia Peyrano .... special thanks
David Tadman .... special thanks

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USA:120 min
Color (HD)

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Factual errors: The narrator says that the Bruce Lee Museum (including the grounds) in his home town will occupy '1.5 million square kilometers' which is physically impossible. Which is more likely is "1.5 Million Square feet" or the nearest metric equivalent.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Be like water, my friend, 3 July 2009
Author: chrismsawin from United States

Bruce Lee is referred to as "the king of martial arts" for a good reason. He was a man who was ahead of his time. Some would say a revolutionary. Having only four completed films under his belt (only one being a Hollywood film), Bruce Lee not only became an inspiration but still is one to this day. Many of his techniques (whether it's his physical training, dieting, filmography, directing, or philosophy) are still as influential and are being utilized everywhere from the east to the west and everywhere in between. There will never be another Bruce Lee, but the impact he left on the world is still being felt 35 years after his death. His popularity doesn't seem to be dwindling at all, but his methods certainly left a long lasting impression. How Bruce Lee Changed the World is a 90-minute documentary chronicling Bruce's amazing life, how his legacy is still in full swing today, and the influence he made on many people all over the globe.

This is a pretty incredible documentary that is almost every bit as good as A Warrior's Journey (AWJ has a slight edge since it has the remastered and original footage from Game of Death) that is a worthy watch for any Bruce Lee fan. Seeing how he influenced not only actors and directors, but musicians, boxing, MMA, and bodybuilders is pretty interesting. The film does a good job of putting into perspective of how big Bruce Lee really was. A man whose teachings seem more relevant today than they did 30-40 years ago deserves to be as big as he is even if he's no longer here to witness it. Bruce Lee jump started martial arts film-making and broke the stereotypes set in Hollywood for Chinese and Asian actors during the seventies. How Bruce Lee Changed the World is a great film to pop in to show that friend who doesn't understand why everyone has such a thing for Bruce Lee or is just a great watch to give Bruce Lee fans a better insight into the legacy he left behind and the phenomenon that continues to grow everyday.

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