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Bruce Lee: The Legend Lives On (1999)

This documentary is an in-depth look and a celebration of the life of Bruce Lee, the most popular martial arts star in the world. Viewers get to see Lee practising and teaching Jeet Kune Do... See full summary »


Ray Santilli




Credited cast:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Hakim (scenes Game of Death) (archive footage)
Barbara Anderson Barbara Anderson ... Herself
Robert Baker Robert Baker ... Himself (archive footage)
Jon T. Benn Jon T. Benn ... Himself
Bob Bremmer Bob Bremmer ... Himself
Raymond Burr ... Ironside (archive footage)
Richard Bustillo Richard Bustillo ... Himself
Linda Lee Cadwell ... Herself (archive footage)
Russell Cawthorne Russell Cawthorne ... Himself
Robert Chan Robert Chan ... Himself
Robert Clouse Robert Clouse ... Himself (scenes Enter the Dragon) (archive footage)
James Coburn ... Himself
Cyril Durrup Cyril Durrup ... Himself
Paul M. Heller Paul M. Heller ... Himself
Brother Henry Brother Henry ... Himself - Bruce Lee's teacher at La Salle school


This documentary is an in-depth look and a celebration of the life of Bruce Lee, the most popular martial arts star in the world. Viewers get to see Lee practising and teaching Jeet Kune Do, as well as interview footage of people who knew and worked with him, such as Jackie Chan and James Coburn. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

January 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Memories of Bruce Lee See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China


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GBP150,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital


Color (also archive footage)| Black and White (archive footage)

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Edited from Fist of Fury (1972) See more »

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Some quality interviews here, but a lot of padding too
31 May 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

MEMORIES OF BRUCE LEE - aka BRUCE LEE: THE LEGEND LIVES ON - is a short documentary that explores the life and times of the famous martial arts star. In essence what this is is a collection of talking head interview footage as various people who knew Lee in real life talk about their experiences of him both as a person and a star.

Said interview clips are rather terse, but there's a wide variety of people involved, from fellow martial artists who trained with Lee to big-name film stars like Jackie Chan and James Coburn. I don't suppose that there's a whole lot here that fans won't already know, as this is designed as a primer for newcomers so it feels quite superficial and straightforward.

What I didn't appreciate was the quality of the clips used to illustrate Lee's career in the movies. They're okay at first, but in the second half of this documentary the interview footage becomes more sparse and it's just one lousy quality fight clip after another. The quality of these clips is so poor that you can barely see what's going on. It smacks of laziness, as if the interview footage ran out so they just padded the documentary out with clips until the end.

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