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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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It's taken a while, but the world is finally starting to catch up with Bruce Lee- to a degree. His personal training methods, which included electrical muscle stimulation (now a not-uncommon practice), actually inspired a Sonny Chiba movie in the late 1970s (THE SPIRIT OF BRUCE LEE, I believe it was titled, which featured a spectacular fight scene between Chiba and several Thai fighters possessed by the spirits of wild animals- monkeys, if memory serves). His philosophy has always been a personal inspiration to me. As this documentary clearly demonstrates, his influence has been felt worldwide and continues to this very day. When one considers the fact that filmmakers have YET to top the action sequences he choreographed (in terms of action OR choice of camera placement), one can only imagine what he might've gone on to do BEHIND the camera (as either fight choreographer or director). It's good to know that many of the people who've been inspired by Bruce Lee willingly acknowledge the debt. They're not alone.
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
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.
excerpt, more at my location - A multitude of celebrities including
Sugar Ray Leonard, LL Kool J, Jackie Chan, composer Lalo Schifrin and
film directors John Woo and Brett Ratner pay homage to the greatest
action superstar that ever lived. Written and directed by Steve Webb,
How Bruce Lee Changed the World illustrates the influence and impact
Lee has had on a whole generation, and why his greatness continues to
be felt today by millions of people from all walks of life.
On the whole, How Bruce Lee Changed The World is a fresh new look at Lee's legacy and proof that his influence, through mixed martial arts, modern cinema, video games, commercials and a whole host of merchandise, is still being felt today. Although it may lack any real innovation, the documentary does put into context just how incredibly unique and important this man really was, and still is, and is therefore a well deserved tribute to an important global iconic figure.
I really don't have much to say about this weak documentary. Unlike previous documentaries it does not capture the spirit of Bruce Lee. I has no understanding of his impact, philosophy, legacy, etc. Talks with all the wrong people. Have factual information that is ridiculous: "Glasgow is one of the most violent cities in Europe." Yeah, right, sure they would have agreed with that in Sarajevo? (I meant that ironically). With that kind of standard for documentaries you really give that art-form a bad name. It just seemed they had talked with a lot of frustrated people who says clichéd things like: "Bruce Lee used what was useful," and other meaningless garbage like that. It just goes on and on forever, for example trying to portray Jackie Chan as "a major star" (which he is not, in my opinion - in ten years time no one will remember Jackie Chan). So this movie is just all about ego and misses all opportunities to make a great philosophical documentary on the legacy of Bruce Lee.
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