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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.

Director:

George Nolfi

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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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$6,901,965, 28 September 2017
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Trivia

The character of Steve McKee was based on actor Steve McQueen who studied with Bruce Lee in the late 1960s. 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 »

Connections

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

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Great movie for Bruce Lee and martial arts fans!
12 September 2017 | by phany-30772See all my reviews

The movie did a great job of showcasing the talents of Bruce Lee while adding some mystery of who REALLY won the big showdown between Bruce Lee and Wong Jak Man. Philip Ng did a great job of portraying the mannerisms and attitude of the late great Bruce Lee. Many reviews have stated that the movie focused too much on Steve McKee, played by Billy Magnussen, but I didn't think so. His role was pivotal for the storyline. It's a movie that I would definitely recommend if you're a Bruce Lee fan, love martial arts movies, and are ready for a few laughs.


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