Legend of Bruce Lee, The (2010)
Danny Chan, Ted E. Duran, Michelle Lang
Labelled by many as the greatest martial artist of all time, The Legend of Bruce Lee depicts the life of Bruce Lee. The film takes you from his humble beginnings in San Francisco's Chinatown, to street fighting in the 1950s, to Hollywood megastar and martial arts icon.
Martial Arts Styles Used
Kung Fu, Karate, Ju Jitsu, Filipino Boxing, Taekwondo, Muay Thai
Nunchaku, Cosh, Staff
One of the cleverest aspects of this film is that it does not portray Bruce Lee as a superhero, which would have been a very easy thing to do given who he was. We see Bruce Lee as human, with faults, losing fights, improving his Kung Fu and developing his own Kung Fu.
The viewer see's Lee developing / writing his book Tao of Jeet Kune Do (worth a read if you ever get a chance), incorporating many different martial arts styles along the way.
The highlights of the film are the scenes when Lee is challenging the various masters of the different martial arts (Karate, Ju Jitsu, Kung Fu etc). The scenes are very well done, gritty, and give you an idea of how Bruce Lee would have matched up to other major martial arts.
A lot of credit has to Danny Chan, who looks and moves like Bruce Lee, and does an excellent job in this film in what is a dream character for any martial arts actor to play.
One downside is the soundtrack, which at times is truly awful.
For anyone who is a huge Bruce Lee fan this is a must. And for those of you who are not you might just change your mind after watching this film.
Author: The Bear Martial Arts Team