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The life story of martial arts icon and actor Bruce Lee.

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The life story of martial arts icon and actor Bruce Lee.

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In the film, Bruce Lee, played by Aarif Rahman, and Charlie Owen, played by Alex Yen, fight in an abandoned barn. The fight is an homage to the iconic fight between the actual Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in the film The Way of the Dragon (1972), complete with a cat sitting and watching nearby. See more »

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Every time they show the picture of a one hundred American dollar, the new hundred dollar bill was used instead of the old. The movie was about the 1940s and on, however, The one hundred dollar bill shown in the movie was a new 100 dollar bill which has been changed multiple times since the time depicted in the movie. The hundred dollar bill that was inserted into the Chinese red pocket by Bruce Lee's mother had the printed signature of "Henry M Paulson Jr". He was the 74th US Secretary of the Treasury between 2006 and 2009. See more »

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False advertising
28 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Billed as an exploration of Bruce Lee's early life, YOUNG BRUCE LEE is a film that's been falsely advertised from the outset. Cine Asia marketed it as an all-action fighting-flick, with a fight-packed trailer and explosive advertising. In actual fact, the makers of this film aren't interested in the action at all, instead focusing on human drama throughout. This is a film that explores Bruce's love life and the lives of his friends and associates in 1950s Hong Kong.

Unfortunately, it's also extraordinarily dull, and the distinct lack of action makes it a real chore to watch. It soon becomes apparent that Bruce's early life just wasn't very interesting and certainly not worthy of a film; the interest lies in what happens when he went to America, which is conveniently where this film ends. In addition, the filmmakers strive to portray him as a pacifist, and he sustains at least two beatings during the course of the movie; hardly the champion and kung fu star of later years.

This is a tough film to like, because the action that takes place is just so dull. Bruce comes across as arrogant and unlikeable, and the decision to cast an unknown Arabic-looking actor in the part was a bad one. Okay, so he sometimes looks a bit like the star at the right angle, but it becomes painfully obvious that he has no fighting ability and he has little acting ability, either. Tony Leung is brought in for heavyweight support as Bruce's father, but his role is a completely extraneous one.

The film does pick up towards the climax, but the fights are still disappointing and in the high-rise finish Bruce has little to do. I mean, who wants to watch a film about Bruce Lee for the romance? The whole setup was misjudged from the very beginning, leaving this a crushing bore and huge disappointment.


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