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Birth of the Dragon (2016)

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Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man - a battle that gave birth to a legend.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wong Jack Man (as Xia Yu)
Wang Xi'An ... Tai Chi Grandmaster / Wang Lian
Hai Yu ... Shaolin Abbot (as Yu Hai)
... Wang Biao (as Wu Yue)
... Steve McKee
... Beat Poet (as Steven F. Roberts)
Riley Wood ... Hippie Girl
... Bruce Lee (as Philip Wan-Lung Ng)
... Vinnie Wei
... Frankie Chen
... Tony Yu
... Janet Wei
... Winston Peng
Jingjing Qu ... Xiulan Quan (as Qu Jingjing)
... Wai Fu
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Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man - a battle that gave birth to a legend.

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The Fight That Created The Legend


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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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25 August 2017 (USA)  »

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A Origem do Dragão  »

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$6,901,965, 28 September 2017
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The original cut of the movie was so poorly received by audiences that the film had to be extensively re-edited in a desperate attempt to please fans by removing many scenes of Billy Magnussen as Steve McKee, and focusing more on Philip Ng as Bruce Lee. See more »

Goofs

The movie depicts Lee's school as being in San Francisco when at the time it was across the Bay Area in Oakland, CA. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Lee: You're a great advertisement for our training.
[telling a former student he sees badly beaten in an alley way]
Steve McKee: I'm fine.
[he says weakly]
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Crazy Credits

A few of the job titles in the scrolling credits such as "stunt coordinator" and "set designer" change back and forth from English to Chinese. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Good Time/Birth of the Dragon (2017) See more »

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Boycott !! Shameless money-hungry producers and director
28 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

I seriously wanted to puke by 2/3 of the film. Lee is the antagonist here, portrayed as a trash-talking hooligan versus the wise and philosophical Wong Jack Man. The real Bruce Lee was a philosopher with depth, not an egomaniac constantly looking to "kick ass'. It's terribly sad that even after his death, greedy slimy Hollywood producers still want to give him and his family the shaft by bastardizing and disrespecting his legacy with this dumbed down cash grab trash. The producers are desperately trying to sell this piece of disgusting trash in the US and in Asia. Please make your voice heard here so the studios and distributors can see how fans of Bruce Lee feel about this film. We will boycott it! They must know we DON'T WANT TO SEE this film on a screen big or small. We will cancel our Netflix subscription if they buy this garbage. Listen, this film was made WITHOUT Bruce Lee Foundation's approval. The Lee family didn't want it but the shameless money-hungry producers (Michael London, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Janice Williams, James Hong Pang, Leo Shi Young) and director (George Nolfi) went ahead anyway. Total disrespect.


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