Bruce Lee Fights Back From the Grave
Thank you very much for telling me about what's happened to my old friend, Susan (Deborah Dutch). When I first touched down on American soil, yesterday, I was expecting to see him without getting involved with gangsters, policemen, and all of that other stuff and nonsense thereafter. But now I've found you and you've told me the circumstances surrounding his passing, I have another favour to ask of you.
Please help me track down his killer's. Pretty please with a cherry on top! I promise you that I will teach you kung fu free of charge. Plus if any of these vile villains ever decide to kick you in that pretty little tush of yours, I will be there to nurse you back to health despite accidentally getting your car stolen three scenes later.
Huh? What's that, Susan? You will help me? Oh bless you, my angel. Bless you till the day I die or someone else who might 'allegedly' resemble me. Yet again, that's most probably why what next transpires all takes a run and jump when I say to myself, 'Wong (Jun Chong), have I bitten off more than I can chew?'. As a Jap gets one hell of a whack - a Mexican builder better watch his hairy back - a cowboy shoots first and asks questions later - and at the end of the day, my old pal sure was one hell of a masturbator.
With a name like 'Bruce Lee Fight's Back From The Grave', you would have thought this film would be about the aforementioned Mister Lee coming back from the dead, only to then kick the living crap out of his apparent persecutors.
Of course this is also a 'Chopsocky' styled flick too. And it does entail a lot of pointless fighting which does impede its 'Sam Spade' designed narrative.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to imply this movie would be a complete and utter waste of your viewing time. Because if like me, you're able to look past its Cary Grant toned dubbing, plus its rather philandering story-line, at the center of it is a pretty decent flick in spite of its very exploitative title.
Simply put, the main hero of this piece comes across as your atypical 'man on a mission'. He wants to do what he thinks is right by his dearly departed pal, and he is greatly aided with this by the Susan character, who ultimately presents herself to be a very bubbly yet coquettish secondly role.
Furthermore, even though some the battles on show weren't very punchy in execution, in the same breath, some of the others did have a real zing about them as well. Cause I did like how each of the bad-guys came from different ethnic backgrounds -- a'la the Game of Death -- plus how the fighting sequences did progress in a very developing manner -- one step at a time.
On the reverse side of my praise, though, I wasn't too keen on how the first half of this film played out on screen. In my eyes it felt a bit strained -- muddled even -- because it took about thirty minutes before I could figure out what the hell was going on. And even then, some of it was wasted on me due to its laborious jump start brand of pacing, especially during certain fight scenes
Overall 'Bruce Lee Fight's Back From The Grave' was a fairly so-so film to sit down and watch. Some of the action scenes were rather good. Some of the action scenes were rather bad. And conceptually the narrative felt slightly strained in execution, even though the actors involved did a fairly nice job with what they had in hand.
THE RATING: B-