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Dynamo (1978)

Bu ze shou duan (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | 1980 (USA)
Kung Fu idol Bruce Li plays Lee Ting Yi, A Hong Kong taxi driver whose striking resemblance to Bruce Lee catches the eye of one of his passengers who happens to be a movie producer. Lee is ... See full summary »

Director:

Shan Hua (as Haw I Hung)

Writer:

Chan Wei Lin (as Chan Wai Lin)
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Credited cast:
Bruce Li ... Lee Tien-yee (as Ho Chung Tao)
Feng Ku ... Teacher Cheung
Mary Hon ... (as Ma Li Han)
Dan Lau ... (as Tan Liu)
Li-Chuen Chou Li-Chuen Chou
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Canavarro
Kwok-Kuen Chan
Hsi Chang
Kung Chang Kung Chang
Tien Lung Chen
Yi-Hsiung Chi
Chuen Chiang
Tao Chiang
James Griffiths James Griffiths
Il-shik Jang Il-shik Jang
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Kung Fu idol Bruce Li plays Lee Ting Yi, A Hong Kong taxi driver whose striking resemblance to Bruce Lee catches the eye of one of his passengers who happens to be a movie producer. Lee is quickly thrust into the lime light and becomes a star but things grind to a halt when he is forced to fight in a fixed martial arts tournament.

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Based loosely on the exploitation of Bruce Lee at the height of his success including triad pressure, womanizing and extended film pressures. See more »

Alternate Versions

West German VHS release was cut by approx. 11 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Trailer Trauma Part 4: Television Trauma (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody Does it Better
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Carly Simon
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Good choreography from Yuen Woo-ping lifts an otherwise average Bruceploitation movie
4 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A classic slice of Bruceploitation from Hong Kong, featuring Bruce Li who I always thought was the most believable and talented of the Bruce Lee imitators; he was certainly a better fighter than his rival Bruce Le. The plot is quite an odd one to begin with, with Li's character noted for his resemblance to the deceased Bruce Lee, at which point a movie producer decides to make him a star in his own right. However, he soon discovers that fame comes at a price...

It's almost like a non-fiction story, but you needn't worry too much as DYNAMO is very much a typical kung fu film in that the plot is very slim and merely used as an excuse for endless fight scenes, this time with a contemporary setting. Li spends the running time battling various goons and taking time to romance a few, typically naked, beautiful women. He even dons Bruce's yellow jump suit from GAME OF DEATH at one point.

The notable thing about DYNAMO isn't the story or even the rather uninteresting cast, but instead the action, which is choreographed by the inimitable Yuen Woo-ping. In fact the whole 'Yuen clan' is involved here and eagle-eyed viewers will seen the likes of Brandy Yuen and Yuen Cheung-Yan keep appearing as various opponents. Their presence and the solid choreography gives the action an edge over rival fare and although DYNAMO is never a film that breaks the mould, it's nonetheless a well-paced and fitfully exciting movie.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dynamo See more »

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Production Co:

Eternal Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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