Brandon Ma is an average Joe but his best friend, Michael, is a sinister drug dealer with a crush on Brandon's girlfriend, May. When Michael murders a dirty cop and frames his friend, sending him to jail, Brandon returns for vengeance.


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Credited cast:
Brandon Lee ... Brandon Ma
Michael Wong ... Michael
Regina Kent Regina Kent ... May
Michael Wai-Man Chan ... Yee (as Wai-Man Chan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Onno Boelee Onno Boelee ... Caucasian prisonner 'Big Papa'
Hak Chu Hak Chu ... Mr. Wong
Tau Chu ... Michael's Thug
Lung Fei Lung Fei
Raymond Sai-Hung Fung Raymond Sai-Hung Fung ... Drug Buyer's Driver
Kwok Wing Ha Kwok Wing Ha ... Michael's Thug
Shang He Shang He ... Muscle Thug's Man (as Woh Seung)
Hsin-Nan Hung ... Muscle Thug's Man
Chui Kin-Wa Chui Kin-Wa ... Prisoner
Blackie Shou-Liang Ko ... Michael's Thug (as Blacky Ko Sau-Leung)
Clifton Ko ... Hotel Manager (as Clifton Ko Chi-Sum)


Brandon plays Brandon Ma, a regular working Joe who holds down two jobs, so he can support his girlfriend May and his dream of owning a motorcycle. Brandon's best friend is Michael (played by Michael Wong), an ambitious and murderous dope peddler. How Brandon and Michael ever became friends is the biggest mystery in the film. In any case, Michael covets May and so he comes up with a plan that will win her for him, and solves a problem he's been having. It seems that an undercover cop named Sharky has been using his police connections to dominate the local cocaine trade, so Michael has him killed and uses Brandon as the fall guy. Brandon goes to jail, though he thinks that he will be released soon thanks to the efforts of his good buddy Michael. Eight years later Brandon finally gets out of jail. Written by Scott Hamilton <>

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Like father, like son...


Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Rachel The Belly Dancer in this film is portrayed by none other than legendary Belly Dancer, Writer, Producer, & Actress Tanya Lemani George, who is perhaps best known for her work on tv shows such as Get Smart, Star Trek, McHale's Navy, & I Dream Of Jeannie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK video was cut by 2 secs to remove a shot of Brandon chopping a man in the throat. See more »


Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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An average action movie...
28 December 2015 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

For a first movie with a leading role, then "Legacy of Rage" was a very generic and not particularly memorable movie for Brandon Lee. I was, however, surprised that Brandon Lee actually seriously started his career in Hong Kong cinema.

I was unfortunately watching an English dubbed DVD without the option to switch to the original Cantonese audio track. Granted that it was dubbed, it wasn't the worst of dubbing jobs in Asian movies, but still...

The story was adequate, but it was just a bit too forced and scripted, and Brandon Lee weren't given that many opportunities to showcase his skills, neither acting nor martial arts.

Aside from Brandon Lee then "Legacy of Rage" also starred Michael Wong, in what might actually be one of this more impressive and memorable roles. I didn't know that Michael Wong had acted opposite Brandon Lee, so that was a nice treat. The movie also has a small appearance by Bolo Yeung (yep, the memorable bad guy from "Blood Sport").

While fun to watch Brandon Lee's first movie in a leading role, then "Legacy of Rage" wasn't particularly memorable. This movie might appeal to die-hard fans of Brandon Lee, but it doesn't offer much for the fans of Hong Kong cinema.

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