Bruce Lee: The Man, the Myth (1976)

Posted in Reviews by - June 09, 2016
Bruce Lee: The Man, the Myth (1976)

Picking up the story from when Bruce Lee departs for the USA and ending on his untimely death, this highly fictionalised biopic sees Ng See-yuen exploit the Lee legend tenfold by replacing facts with mad sensationalism. Through a series of fight sequences, Bruce is shown to basically beat up pretty much everyone he meets. Those who disagree with his theories on kung fu get a thump; there are scuffles with a crime syndicate and even brawls on the set of The Big Boss and Enter the Dragon (the latter at least being partially accurate). Yet the most bizarre sections – apart from the completely random appearance of a Linda Lee lookalike – are the training scenes, depicting Lee’s highly technical electronic workouts which looks like he is wired into the mainframe of the USS Enterprise. It’s all very silly, but at least Ho Chung-tao (“Bruce Li”) is more than capable in the central role, and given its release quite soon after Lee’s death, there are a few notable additions to the cast list – including Bruce’s longtime buddy, Unicorn Chan, and the Wing Chun teacher, Ip Chun, son of Ip Man.

AKA: Behind Bruce Lee; Bruce Lee: The True Story; The Dragon Lives.

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