Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's ... See full summary »
Based on the life and career of Martial Arts superstar, Bruce Lee. Haunted by demons. Bruce was taught Martial arts at childhood. Bruce then was told by his father to flee to the United States. There, he opened up a Martial Arts school, then was chosen to be the Green Hornet's sidekick, Kato. Then, his big movie career that included "The Big Boss" and "Enter the Dragon". Fighting many enemies along the way, including his childhood demon.Written by
While Bruce is fighting the college jocks in the gym, one of them says, "ah, Danielsan!", a reference to the film, The Karate Kid (1984), which during this film's timeline, would still be many years away from being made. See more »
At one point in the film, Bruce and Linda are watching on television the premier of the pilot movie for the TV series Kung Fu. Bruce then gets a phone call informing him that his father is dead. Bruce goes to Hong Kong for his father's funeral and afterward is cast in the film The Big Boss. All of this took place between 1970 and 1971. However, the pilot film for Kung Fu was not premiered until 1972 and his father died in 1965 - just 6 days after Bruce's son Brandon was born. See more »
The climatic use of nunchaku in the dream sequence has been reduced to de-emphasize the display of weaponry in most UK versions; the initial lightning flash & zoom onto the highlighted weapon is gone, as are all shots of Lee twirling the weapon. This version was used as the basis for the European DVD release, since Universal did not want to create different DVD masters.
Despite the BBFC's blanket ban on ninja weaponry being lifted in 1999 (and the cuts therefore being automatically waived), Universal still re-submitted the cut version to them in 1999 and 2000. The 2016 Blu-ray is uncut, despite the uncut version not having been submitted to the BBFC - however, the Irish classification board (IFCO) did see it in 2015 and lowered their original 18 certificate to a 15. See more »
The story told in the movie is really excellent and entertaining. However it feels more like a story based on the life of Bruce Lee rather then an actual biopic of his life.
Jason Scott Lee perfectly plays Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee. Not only the way he plays Lee is impressive but also his fighting skills.
The music by Randy Edelman was also surprising good.
There are way too many fictitious and untrue things added in the movie to be considered a fair biography. But does it really matter for the movie? It's like "Ed Wood" that was also filled with altered things and false truths but still it was a movie that told us the story of an unique character and what drove him. "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" isn't much different in that way. OK it's not completely fair to compare this movie to "Ed Wood" since that was a far superior movie to "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (what a horrible title by the way).
The fight sequence are probably the best thing about the movie and they were highly entertaining, although very hard to believe that they actually really happened that way.
It's a good entertaining movie but if you want to get to know more about Bruce Lee this isn't the best material for you to start with.
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