Spirit of Bruce Lee
Word to the wise: If you're ever thinking of visiting
please don't buy a large chunk of jade and then get killed by a group of thug's
in the cover of darkness, OK? Because that's exactly happened to the brother of
Chang Chen-Wai (Michael Chan), prompting this funny-faced martial-artist to
enact his revenge pretty damn quickly.
Granted, Chang didn't know that his brother snuffed-it as soon as he stepped foot on foreign soil. No. Of course not. First he traveled across this rustic province with the mysterious Mister Pei. Then he moped around for a day or two, searching for his 'missing brother' here and there. And it was only when Chang sat down and had some tea with the Wong family, that he finally found out what truly happened to his deceased sibling.
No. Not from Old man Wong (Guh Men Tong). He knew nothing about this grizzly event. It was his high-kicking and fun loving daughter, Pang (Chia-Lin Sun), who told Chang the circumstances surrounding his brothers demise.
However, can you hazard a guess at to what happens' next, dear reader? Do you think Chang and Pang go to a festival for a spot of ping and pong? Do you think they go searching for a watch stolen by a shaggy-haired thug? Or do you think that what next transpires all kicks off when someone gets stabbed in the leg? Well, whatever the case may be: Mister Pei sees the light - a tea houses burns bright - please get ready for a fight - and I didn't know four Wong's make one right.
Now before I start 'bashing the granny' out off 'The Spirits of Bruce Lee', please let me just state for the record that this isn't a bad film; but only if you're able look past the piss-poor production values and the staged acting.
Conceptually, the pretext is a basic revenge-type-flick. Someone gets' killed. Someone else wants revenge. Some accomplices join the fray. Biff! Boom! Bam! Job done. Moreover, there is a warm heart at the center of this movie too. Pertaining to the essence of old-school family values and kinship in a far-off foreign land.
Hong Kong movie, 'The
Big Boss', was shot in Thailand.
(6) Personally speaking, I'm not a big fan of the token 'final fight villain'
who pops up at the end of the film and then fades away. I best leave it at
Overall 'The Spirits of Bruce Lee' is a so-so action film that could sure use a remake. The acting was OK. The action was bi-polar. And it's only redeeming feature was the heart at its center.