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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

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A fictionalized account of the life of the martial arts superstar.

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Rob Cohen

Writers:

Robert Clouse (book), Linda Lee Cadwell (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Scott Lee ... Bruce Lee
Lauren Holly ... Linda Lee
Robert Wagner ... Bill Krieger
Michael Learned ... Vivian Emery
Nancy Kwan ... Gussie Yang
Kay Tong Lim Kay Tong Lim ... Philip Tan
Ric Young ... Bruce's Father
Luoyong Wang ... Yip Man
Sterling Macer Jr. ... Jerome Sprout
Sven-Ole Thorsen ... The Demon
Ong Soo Han Ong Soo Han ... Luke Sun
Eric Bruskotter ... Joe Henderson
Aki Aleong ... Principal Elder
Chao Li Chi ... Elder
Sam Hau Sam Hau ... Young Bruce
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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 John Wiggins

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The Mystery. The Life. The Love. The Legend


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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sárkány - Bruce Lee élete See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,112,679

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,512,679
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Runtime:

| (online release) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Bruce climbs up the scaffolding into his room, there is a picture on the wall of Yip Man, the actual Wing Chun teacher of the real Bruce Lee. See more »

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In the nightmare sequence at the martial arts school, a slightly low-angled two-shot of Lee and the armoured warrior shows a large boom mic dangling through the mist above their heads. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Lee: I'll beat any man in this room in 60 seconds.
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Version of Bruce Lee: The Man, the Myth (1976) See more »

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Green Onions
Written by Lewie Steinberg, Al Jackson Jr., Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s (as Booker T & The MG's)
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Cult Movies 52
15 January 1999 | by TYLERdurden74See all my reviews

52. DRAGON: The Bruce Lee story (action, 1993) A re-telling of the life of legendary martial-arts star Bruce Lee (Jason Scott Lee). From his brief childhood days in Hong Kong, to his days as a dishwasher, martial-arts teacher and eventual cinema superstar in Hollywood.

Critique: The life and death of Bruce Lee has inspired many a film and documentaries since his death. Most of these accounts center around Lee's 'mysterious' death from a 'brain edema', never developing anything really new of interest, just speculations. Incredibly it took over 20 years for a film to finally put to rest the many theories and innuendo.

"Dragon" is by far the best of the legendary Lee story, not only for omitting the many death scenarios but also for giving us the closest account of the man. Apart from these welcome omissions, the film wouldn't have worked without Jason Scott Lee in the role. He gives a spirited, charismatic performance that captures the zest for life that Lee possessed. It's a long way from one of his first 'extra' roles as an Asian immigrant in the rather forgetful "Born in East L.A." (1988). Scott Lee is totally appealing here, taking on such a legendary figure and making us believe that Lee is truly up there once again on the screen.

The film's major theme of the "demon curse" Lee's family inherited, had a frighteningly real resonance when, after the movie premiered, Lee's eldest son Brandon (for whom the film is dedicated) was accidentally killed on the set of "The Crow". This would prove to be his breakout film, just the same way Lee's last film, "Enter the Dragon", made him a world wide superstar. This gives the film an added prophetic note that puts it in a category all its own.

Based on wife Linda Lee Cadwell's book, "Bruce Lee: the man only I knew", directed with skillful restraint by Rob Cohen (who also co-scripted). Randy Edelman created the unforgettable musical score (you'll be humming the tune long after you hear it).

QUOTES: Linda: "All these years later people still wonder about the way he died. I prefer to remember the way he lived."


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