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"Water Can Flow Or It Can Crash. Be Water, My Friend." - Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Bruce Lee ... Himself / Various (archive footage)
Paul Bowman ... Himself - Author, Ph.D
Daniele Bolelli ... Himself - Martial Artist
Richard Bustillo ... Himself - Martial Artist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Hakim (segment of Game of Death) (archive footage)

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Baker ... Petrov (segment Fist of Fury) (archive footage)
Jon T. Benn ... Thugs Boss (segment Way of the Dragon) (archive footage)
Pierre Berton ... Himself - Interviewing Bruce Lee (segment Bruce Lee - The Lost Interview) (archive footage) (as Pierre Barton)
Stephan Bonnar ... Himself
J.J. Brine ... Himself (archive footage)

Kobe Bryant ... Himself

Linda Lee Cadwell ... Herself

Gina Carano ... Herself
Robert Clouse ... Himself - on set of Enter the Dragon (archive footage)

James Coburn ... Himself (archive footage)

Clint Eastwood ... Himself (archive footage)

James Garner ... Himself - Training with Bruce Lee (archive footage)
Royce Gracie ... Himself (archive footage)

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)

Reginald Hudlin ... Himself
Dan Inosanto ... Himself / 3rd Floor Guardian / Pasqual (also archive footage)

Diana Lee Inosanto ... Herself
Jon Jones ... Himself

Jim Kelly ... Himself (segment of Enter the Dragon) (archive footage)

Cung Le ... Himself
Gene LeBell ... Himself

Brandon Lee ... Himself - as a little boy (archive footage)

Shannon Lee ... Herself

Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini ... Himself
Charles Manson ... Himself (archive footage)

Steve McQueen ... Himself (archive footage)

Nora Miao ... Herself (archive footage)

Chuck Norris ... Colt (archive footage)

Ed O'Neill ... Himself

Manny Pacquiao ... Himself - Professional Boxer

Roman Polanski ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Rodriguez ... Himself - Professional Skateboarder

Mickey Rourke ... Himself

Jose Ruiz III ... Himself - Professional Dancer

John Saxon ... Himself (segment of Enter the Dragon) (archive footage)

Kien Shih ... Han (segment Enter the Dragon) (archive footage)

Taboo ... Himself
David Tadman ... Himself - Historian

Sharon Tate ... Herself (archive footage)
Teri Tom ... Herself - Martial Artist

Robert Wall ... Himself

Dana White ... Himself

Van Williams ... Britt Reid / The Green Hornet (segment The Green Hornet) (archive footage)
Maria Yi ... Herself (archive footage)

Jackie Chan ... Actor on Enter the Dragon (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Pete McCormack 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pete McCormack 

Produced by
John Barbisan .... co-producer
Tony Chan .... co-executive producer
Alexander W. Cox .... co-executive producer
Brian J. Diamond .... executive producer
Donald Gee .... co-executive producer
Paul Gertz .... executive producer
Shannon Lee .... executive producer
Christopher Martello .... executive producer
Pete McCormack .... co-executive producer
Derik Murray .... executive producer
Derik Murray .... producer
Adam Scorgie .... line producer
Kristopher Storti .... executive producer: Bruce Lee Enterprises
Kent Wingerak .... executive producer
Original Music by
Schaun Tozer 
Cinematography by
Ian Kerr 
Film Editing by
Tony Kent 
Art Direction by
Derik Murray 
Makeup Department
Suzy Friton .... makeup artist
Isabella Wiley .... make-up and hair stylist
Production Management
Todd Giroux .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Ross Alexander Whelan .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Thomas Curley .... sound mixer
Chris McIntosh .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Greg Durrell .... graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Dickieson .... camera operator
Derik Murray .... photographer
Ross Alexander Whelan .... photo retouching (as Ross A. Whelan)
G.T. Womack .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Carey Dickson .... on-line editor
Todd Giroux .... on-line editor
Achim Kapitza .... colorist
Jesse Lyon .... assistant editor
J.R. Mackie .... additional editing
Ronnie S. Riskalla .... digital cinema mastering
Alissa Roode .... on-line editor
Justin Li .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Other crew
John Barbisan .... researcher
Sergio Batarelli .... researcher
Bianca Cervantes .... production coordinator
Bianca Cervantes .... researcher
Doran Chandler .... production legal counsel
Kal Dhoot .... production accountant
Carey Dickson .... post production coordinator
Greg Durrell .... poster designer
Kevin Garus .... computer systems administrator
Hawkins Gheung .... researcher
Davin Hamilton .... broker
Amanda Hessel .... underwriter
Chris Husband .... executive: Bruce Lee Enterprises
Kean Jallad .... transcription
Pete McCormack .... researcher
Krishna Murti .... archive provider
Gardiner Roberts .... underwriters legal counsel
Adam Scorgie .... researcher
Alex Stephens .... executive: Bruce Lee Enterprises
Kristopher Storti .... researcher
David Tadman .... archive provider
David Tadman .... executive consultant
David Tadman .... researcher
James Tan .... chinese galligrapher
Mary Taylor .... archive provider (as Mary Zimbalist)
Sydnie Wilson .... executive: Bruce Lee Enterprises
Kent Wingerak .... business affairs
Brian Wynn .... underwriters legal counsel
Ken Allen .... the producers wish to thank
Robin Alvarez De Araya .... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Armstrong .... the producers wish to thank (as Jeffrey Armstrong)
Kim Arnott .... the producers wish to thank
Desmond Balakrishnan .... the producers wish to thank
James Bamford .... the producers wish to thank
Andy Bandit .... the producers wish to thank
Howard Baral .... the producers wish to thank
Darren Battersby .... the producers wish to thank
Brian Blankenberg .... the producers wish to thank
Craig Borsari .... the producers wish to thank
Tim Brown .... the producers wish to thank
Dan Cadwell .... the producers wish to thank (as Dan 'Punkass' Cadwell)
Bethany Cerona .... the producers wish to thank
Olivia Chang .... the producers wish to thank
Clara Chu .... the producers wish to thank
Gary Coutts .... the producers wish to thank
Kellie Cunningham .... the producers wish to thank
Chari Cuthbert .... the producers wish to thank
Matthew Kaplowitz .... special thanks
Scott Karp .... special thanks
James Kwan .... the producers wish to thank
Angel Kwok .... the producers wish to thank
Jonathan Ladd .... the producers wish to thank
Beatrice Lai .... the producers wish to thank
Joanna Lam .... the producers wish to thank
Dick Langer .... the producers wish to thank
David Lara .... the producers wish to thank
Paul Lazenby .... the producers wish to thank
Midge LeBell .... the producers wish to thank
Joe Lewis .... the producers wish to thank
Kimberly Lillyblad .... the producers wish to thank
Alison Mand .... the producers wish to thank
James Ng .... the producers wish to thank

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94 min
Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Dolby Digital (DVD version)
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Bruce Lee:I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.See more »
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Legend and Legacy, 18 February 2012
Author: jon.h.ochiai ( from Los Angeles, CA

In "I Am Bruce Lee" there is a famous interview where Bruce distinguishes his philosophy: "Empty your mind. Be formless like water... If you pour water into a cup, it becomes the cup. If you pour water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be like water, my friend." Bruce eloquently relates Tao Te Ching. Amazingly, these were the words of Stirling Silliphant ("In the Heat of the Night") from an episode of "Longstreet" back in the 1970's starring James Franciscus. Silliphant was a student of Bruce Lee, and the episode was called "Way of the Intercepting Fist" which many know is Bruce's creation, Jeet Kune Do. I remember watching Lee in the TV series. This was before he became the martial arts icon—he was magnetic and compelling. In the interview Bruce said he got to play himself, not some character. What struck me was that Bruce Lee was the awesomely gifted martial artist, who was also an amazing teacher. That is a rarity. I think had Bruce lived, he would have become the great martial arts teacher and transformed the distinction martial arts.

Silliphant went on to write the TV series "Kung Fu" from Bruce's original concept. But instead of the casting Chinese Lee as the lead Warner Brothers went with David Carradine. Lee eventually made "Enter the Dragon" for Warner Brothers, he tragically died before the release of the movie. I know this is a lot of history, and Director Pete McCormack brilliantly connects the dots in this refreshing and compelling documentary of Bruce Lee's life and death. There is an undercurrent of racism and fighting the establishment in this story which Bruce lived with. McCormack blends a captivating mix of interviews with celebrity fans, and those close to Bruce. Kobe Bryant is captioned as NBA All-Star/ Martial Artist. I wondered what he trains in. Did not know Ed O'Neil ("Modern Family") was a black belt in Brazilian Jujitsu—which is awesome. UFC Champion Jon Jones is very cool in his admiration of his hero Lee. However, McCormack goes sideways with some of his guys including skateboarder Paul Rodriguez and some dude from the Black Eyed Peas. Cantankerous Judo expert Gene LeBelle comes across as a weird skeptic of the Bruce Lee prowess, though it turns out Bruce trained with him.

Bruce Lee is an icon and iconoclast. Linda Lee Caldwell, Lee's widow, amazingly tells the story of how Bruce defeated a fighter from China, because Bruce chose to teach Wing Chun which he learned from the legendary Yip Man to anyone, not just Chinese. Linda tells how Lee made the fighter submit within 3 minutes. After the fight Lee lamented that he should have been able to end the fight sooner—Wing Chun alone was not it. Thus, Bruce began the evolution of Jeet Kune Do-- all styles and no style. His first students Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillio convey their love and awe for their fallen friend. Bruce Lee transcended race and even martial arts. "I Am Bruce Lee" in its own unique way captures that feeling: Everyone wanted to be Bruce Lee. Bruce taught Steve McQueen, James Coburn, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Linda Lee Caldwell tells how Bruce wished Steve could be more like James and James could be more like Steve. Linda says that Bruce was her strength, but you get that she was his rock. This is particularly evident in the story surrounding Lee's death.

Poignantly, Kobe Bryant talks about the downside of celebrity. Bruce Lee may have been seduced by fame. His friend and "Enter the Dragon" co-star Bob Wall talks about Bruce's phenomenal prowess. But he also talks about Lee having an allergic reaction to medication, and being found in another woman's apartment. Caldwell is gracious in that she has made peace with that, and to this day finds joy in seeing him on screen. Lee's daughter Shannon Lee, also the movie's Producer, fondly remembers her father and the spectacle of the funeral. Bruce was a man with an upside and a downside. Most importantly, he is still loved to this day.

The footage of the Bruce Lee movies reminds us of the icon, who was total genius in his body. He was 5'7" and 135 lb, and so fast and so strong. The clips of his "one-inch punch" are astounding. He was beautiful and immortal. His goddaughter Diana Lee Inosanto says, "He put balls on Chinese men." Provocative. More to the point: Bruce had the perfect body, was charismatic, and sexy. MMA Champion Gina Carano ("Haywire") vehemently agrees. It is interesting that there have not been any crossover Asian stars as compelling as Bruce. Then again, how often does Bruce Lee come along in a lifetime? What landed for me was Linda talking about Bruce's legacy even today. She said she is touched by the fact that Bruce inspired generations to be great. As a kid watching his movies, he inspired me to pursue the martial arts. Now I am a Sensei, and have the opportunity to give something back to others. Bruce made us dare to be great. And that is an amazing legacy.

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