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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yu Xia ... Wong Jack Man (as Xia Yu)
Wang Xi'An Wang Xi'An ... Tai Chi Grandmaster / Wang Lian
Hai Yu Hai Yu ... Shaolin Abbot (as Yu Hai)
Yue Wu ... Wang Biao (as Wu Yue)
Billy Magnussen ... Steve McKee
Steven Roberts ... Beat Poet (as Steven F. Roberts)
Riley Wood Riley Wood ... Hippie Girl
Philip Ng ... Bruce Lee (as Philip Wan-Lung Ng)
Simon Yin ... Vinnie Wei
Terry Chen ... Frankie Chen
Ron Yuan ... Tony Yu
Lillian Lim ... Janet Wei
Yee Jee Tso ... Winston Peng
Jingjing Qu Jingjing Qu ... Xiulan Quan (as Qu Jingjing)
Simon Chin ... Wai Fu
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Storyline

In 1964, a young Bruce Lee owns and operates a San Francisco Kung Fu Academy, specializing in the Chinese martial art Wing Chun. Lee cares for his students, providing advice, roles as extras in his upcoming projects, and defending them from the gangs of Chinatown. One of Lee's students, Steve McKee, spars with Lee while fighting in anger, causing Lee to counter and embarrass him. McKee and Vinnie Wei work for the latter's mother's laundry business, where they find out that master Wong Jack Man is on a pilgrimage from China to observe the Kung Fu scene in the United States. While carrying out a delivery to the China Gate restaurant, McKee falls for an employee, Xiulan, who is forbidden to communicate with anyone on the outside. One night, McKee sneaks over to the restaurant to give her a grammar book, teaching her fellow roommates basic English..

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The Fight That Created The Legend


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

China | Canada | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Origem do Dragão See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,702,430, 27 August 2017

Gross USA:

$6,901,965

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,215,027
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Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Priyom Haider auditioned and was considered for the lead role of Lee because of his very similarly built physique and acting talent, however, he wasn't Asian looking enough and not close in height requirement. See more »

Goofs

The film's portrayal of Wong Jack Man contains numerous factual errors. The biggest being that he was not a Shaolin monk and he didn't come to San Francisco as penance for nearly killing a man in a duel. Also he didn't return to China afterwards since he continued to teach martial arts in the Fort Mason Center of San Francisco until he retired in 2005. 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 »

Connections

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

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Without dissecting actual events vs. Hollywood version, this film was still enjoyable
7 May 2018 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

Sure there are added characters and the story is not accurate, but the premise is - the Bruce Lee & Wong Jack Man conflict. And even though the origin of this film has been adapted for a "Hollywood story", I still had difficulty getting past the poor acting. The fight choreography was decent though. A 7/10 from me


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