If I told you I actually knew who Bruce Lee was: would you think that I was pulling your leg, or trying to subliminally coerce you into thinking that I know something you don't? Huh? What was that? You're telling to 'shut the f*ck up' and just get on with telling you about this vintage 90 minute documentary made in 1977? OK then, I will. You spoil sport.
Bruce Lee - The Legend
and where was Bruce Lee born? On
the 27th of November, 1940, in a
situated in Chinese Hospital . San Francisco, America
was he born in
Americawhen Bruce's origins were Chinese; specifically ? Bruce's parents -- Lee Hoi-chen and Grace Ho -- were prolific performers in a travelling Peking Opera company. And they were passing Shunde, Guangdong San Franciscoat the time Bruce wanted to show his face to the world.
Bruce have a good time growing up in
Hong Kong? Kind of. It was very 'alternate' to say the least. He became a child actor thanks to his Father's contacts, and starred in twenty juvenile roles. And even if he wasn't very good at school, he was very good at dancing and fighting.
was his preferred style of martial art?
Although Bruce was trained in the art of Wing Chun by his teacher
-- Yip Man -- over time, he himself decided to abolish 'systems of styles',
and devised 'Jeet Kune Do' -- The Way of the Intercepting Fist -- once he
eventually set-up a school back in
did Bruce go back to
America? Two reasons really. Firstly, to get away from some trouble he was having in Hong Kongat the time -- i.e. his profuse street fighting. And secondly, to study philosophy at University, which inadvertently led him to teach Jeet Kune Do and star in a number of television roles -- most notably: 'The Green Hornet' and 'Longstreet' TV series.
is Linda Emery? Linda is Bruce's
wife. They married in 1964 and had two children together --
Brandon(1965) and Shannon (1969).
is Raymond Chow? Once Bruce
Hong Kongfollowing his brief acting career in America, Raymond was the film producer who managed to coax Bruce into making some more movies over there. Such as 'The Big Boss', 'Fist of Fury', and 'Way of the Dragon'.
- Did Bruce bring any of his own personality to these flicks? Yes. Yes he did. He always played characters that were 'fish out of water' archetypes who fought against 'foreign oppressors'. Plus he emphasized certain fighting techniques during his action scenes, as well as behaved as he normally would in certain social situations too.
wait a minute! Didn't Bruce make more films than this? Correct. Whilst in Nepal with James
Coburn scouting for locations on a project they were both devising -- called
'The Silent Flute' -- Bruce was inspired to make another movie called 'The
Game of Death' due to the Pagoda's he saw in this lo-cal. However, whilst
he was in the process of making this subsequent movie,
Americacame a calling, and though and behold 'Enter the Dragon' became his next top priority.
did Bruce ever get to finish making the 'Game of Death'? No. Unfortunately
not. When he went back to
Hong Kongto complete this film, Bruce died in an apartment belonging to Taiwanese actress, Betty , because of a head-ache tablet she gave him, that he asked for. The autopsy defined Bruce's demise as 'Death by Misadventure'. Ting Pei
- What happened after that? The burial. The mourning. The controversy. The Bruce-exploitation movies. And the completion of his final film.