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They Call Me Bruce (1982)

A goofy Korean finds his life hopelessly complicated with people continually confusing him with Bruce Lee.


Elliott Hong


David Randolph (screenplay), Johnny Yune (screenplay) | 5 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Yune ... Bruce / Grandfather
Margaux Hemingway ... Karmen
Raf Mauro ... Freddy (as Ralph Mauro)
Pam Huntington Pam Huntington ... Anita
Martin Azarow Martin Azarow ... Big Al
Tony Brande Tony Brande ... Boss of Bosses
Bill Capizzi Bill Capizzi ... Lil Pete
Harvey Vernon ... Officer Hangten
Heshimu Cumbuka Heshimu Cumbuka ... Curtis
Bob Hannah ... Officer Carp
René Le Vant René Le Vant ... Reverend
Vidonne Sayre Linn Vidonne Sayre Linn ... Angela
Ivana Moore Ivana Moore ... Hooker
Phillip Simms Phillip Simms ... Baby Moe (as Phil Simms)
Ralph Strait Ralph Strait ... Officer #2


A Korean man's resemblance to the legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee proves to be a mixed blessing when he stumbles onto the activities of the Mob. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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A chopstick comedy! See more »


Action | Comedy


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Did You Know?


The movie spurred just the one sequel which was made and released around five years later. They Still Call Me Bruce (1987) was not successful commercially and went straight to video in a number of territories. See more »


The hole Bruce makes in the paper wall with his samurai sword is missing in all subsequent shots. See more »


Bruce: Do you like sushi like I like sushi?
Cowboy: I like Susie... Susie's my girl!
Bruce: Oh, I had sushi last night!
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References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »


I Imagine You
Lyrics by Gary Tigerman
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Johnny Yune Was Absolutely Hilarious
8 October 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

"Bruce" (Johnny Yune) is a hapless cook who just happens to work for the main mafia boss on the west coast. But things aren't going good for the mob because of a series of drug busts by the feds. So the boss of the west coast named "Lil Pete" (Bill Capizzi) decides to use an unsuspecting Bruce to deliver his cocaine throughout the United States by fooling him into thinking that it is flour from China. Naturally, Bruce doesn't know any better. He also doesn't suspect that his new girlfriend, "Anita" (Pam Huntington) is a federal agent who has planted a bug on him to track his movements. Meanwhile, another mobster on the west coast named "Big Al" (Martin Azarow) is seeking to discredit Lil Pete and has his girlfriend, "Karmen" (Margaux Hemingway) follow Bruce to inhibit his deliveries. Anyway, rather than detail the entire plot I will just say that for a low-budget comedy this wasn't too bad. Johnny Yune was absolutely hilarious. Unfortunately, the action scenes and everything not centered on him fell completely flat. In addition, the middle portion of the film really seemed to drag. All in all then I rate this film as about average.

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Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fistful of Chopsticks See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,071,345, 14 November 1982

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Gold Pine Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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