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17 May 2009 (USA) See more »
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

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
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Webb  written by

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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A Nutshell Review: How Bruce Lee Changed The World, 31 March 2010
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

I cannot partake in the launch of the Bruce Lee 7010 Spotlight Celebrations at the Hong Kong International Film Festival on Tuesday, which will be graced by Linda Lee and Shannon Lee, the wife and daughter of Bruce Lee respectively, and comes complete with film screenings of all his films, especially the earlier, non kung-fu ones, exhibitions, seminars and a newly launched publication whose cover is as above. But that doesn't mean that I cannot choose not to watch this when found hidden within the menus of the plane's inflight entertainment unit.

Written and directed by Steve Webb, How Bruce Lee Changed The World has been meticulously researched for the breath of Bruce Lee's work and influence around the world, and watching him in action again takes the cake, thanks to the fantastic sequences from his films and TV series like The Green Hornet even, complete with plenty of archival photos and footage of the man who would bring about a huge cultural impact for underdogs, and in general, for people around the world.

Perhaps the most valuable amongst all the footage seen, to a fan like myself, will be the documentary ones with Bruce Lee showing what it takes to be an all round fighter working hard to maintain a tip top physique, as well as executing moves which will leave everyone doing a double take. It's quite unbelievable to see through the archival clips left, but Bruce Lee can do one-hand-two-fingered pushups repeatedly, floor someone with his famed one- inch punch, and mesmerize opponents with his lightning quick reflexes, leaving one grasping for the air, when he would have already delivered a lethal blow.

Containing scores of interviews with those who have been co-stars, students, peers and just about anyone who had worked with him before, even luminaries such as Golden Harvest's Raymong Wong, the film shares plenty of how the Bruce Lee influence shaped their respective lives, from being touched by his philosophy, approach to martial arts, or just about debunking stereotypes and the boosting of hopes for the downtrodden who have been inspired by his martial arts films where the character he plays seek justice, and is never shy to use his fists and weapons like the nunchaks when the situation calls for it.

From time to time I wonder just how Bruce Lee would have further developed himself as a fighter with his Jeet Kune Do, as well as the numerous kung-fu flicks that he would have brought to the table, if not for his unfortunate, early demise. One can only fantasize, otherwise this film is a fitting tribute of one of Asia's biggest action stars who's really the real deal.

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