It's a mark of his impact on the martial arts world that almost 30 years after his death at the tragically young age of 32, Bruce Lee is still the subject of awe, immitation and biographical documentary and drama. In 2008 his life story was turned into a 50-part television series starring Kwok-Kwan Chan, executive produced and choreographed by Shannon Lee. Now this has been compressed into a 3-hour feature for a UK DVD release. 50 hours compressed into 3? Oh Carumba.
Charting the star's remarkable story from his childhood in Hong Kong to his life in the United States, including the development and mastering of his martial arts and philosophy, the film depicts his story-book rise to worldwide phenomenon. Although immersed in his career, the film also portrays the person Lee prided in being - a devoted family man. His love for his family both in Hong Kong and for his American wife and their two children was openly evident and his drive for success.
Unsurprisingly, many aspiring and successful actors in the martial arts genre list Lee as their ultimate inspiration, including the stars of the film. With his striking resemblance to Lee, Kwok-Kwan Chan (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle) stars as Lee, with support from some of today's leading martial arts stars including Mark Dacascos (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Cradle 2 the Grave), Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite) and Ray Park (X-Men) as Lee's compatriot and Way of the Dragon co-star, Chuck Norris. More than just a Bruce Lee-lookalike, Chan, holds his own in the film's many sparring scenes, bringing a raw physicality to his performance, just as Lee himself always insisted upon in his own projects. As a testament to Lee's influence on the martial arts stars of today's cinema, their working styles and resilience are obvious reflections of Lee's legacy.
The Legend of Bruce Lee will be released on UK DVD by Revolver Entertainment on 17th October 2011 at the RRP of £14.99.
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