Bruce Lee’s death in 1973 didn’t cripple martial arts films. It could have. But the industry somehow took that loss and ended up making a ton of movies that cash in on the star’s death whether that means using clones of Lee or trying to tell his story.
Bruce Lee: The Man, the Myth is an attempt by director and writer Ng See-yuen to tell us the tale of Lee’s life with Bruce Li as the man himself.
From his move to Seattle, battles with other kung fu schools and success and failures in Hollywood, the film stays pretty close to Lee’s life. I mean, it’s all fights, but maybe that was a big chunk of his life. It does feature his real-life best friend Unicorn Chan playing himself, as well as Ip Chun as Lee’s Wing Chun teacher, the legendary Ip Man. Ip Chun is the best person for that role, as he’s that legendary man’s son.
The end of this movie is a montage of all the ways Bruce did not die as well as a theory that he will come back in 1983. Man, I wish that was true, but it’s not, but then again in the wake of the Dragon’s death, we got so many little Dragons, right? I guess that’s the one good thing to come of it.
You can watch this on Tubi.