Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story


A lionized account of the life of the martial arts superstar.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.8/10 (12,253 voted)

Rob Cohen

Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner

Based on the life and career of Martial Arts superstar, Bruce Lee. Haunted by demons. Bruce was taught Martial arts at childhood. Bruce then was told by his father to flee to the United States. There, he opened up a Martial Arts school, then was chosen to be the Green Hornet's sidekick, Kato. Then, his big movie career that included "The Big Boss" and "Enter the Dragon". Fighting many enemies along the way, including his childhood demon.

Writers: Robert Clouse, Linda Lee Cadwell


Jason Scott Lee

Bruce Lee

Lauren Holly

Linda Lee

Robert Wagner

Bill Krieger

Michael Learned

Vivian Emery

Nancy Kwan

Gussie Yang

Kay Tong Lim

Philip Tan

Ric Young

Bruce's Father

Luoyong Wang

Yip Man

Sterling Macer Jr.

Jerome Sprout

Sven-Ole Thorsen

The Demon

Ong Soo Han

Luke Sun

Eric Bruskotter

Joe Henderson

Aki Aleong

Principal Elder

Chao Li Chi


Sam Hau

Young Bruce

The Mystery. The Life. The Love. The Legend

Release Date: 7 May 1993

Filming Locations: Hong Kong, China

Box Office Details

Budget: $14,000,000


Opening Weekend: $10,000,000

Gross: $35,112,679

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


During the Festival of Lanterns dance and fight scene, the song being sung is a Mandarin translation of lyrics by the movie's director, Rob Cohen (1960s pop songs in Hong Kong were sung in Mandarin, not Cantonese).


During the fight outside the restaurant with butcher knives, Bruce throws one of the knives at an opponent. When the knife is shown sticking into the wall it is now a standard triangular shaped knife.


Vivian Emery:
The world needs hamburgers – it doesn't need judo.

User Review

Cult Movies 52

Rating: 7/10

52. DRAGON: The Bruce Lee story (action, 1993) A re-telling of the life
of legendary martial-arts star Bruce Lee (Jason Scott Lee). From his
brief childhood days in Hong Kong, to his days as a dishwasher,
martial-arts teacher and eventual cinema superstar in Hollywood.

Critique: The life and death of Bruce Lee has inspired many a film and
documentaries since his death. Most of these accounts center around
Lee's 'mysterious' death from a 'brain edema', never developing
anything really new of interest, just speculations. Incredibly it took
over 20 years for a film to finally put to rest the many theories and

"Dragon" is by far the best of the legendary Lee story, not only for
omitting the many death scenarios but also for giving us the closest
account of the man. Apart from these welcome omissions, the film
wouldn't have worked without Jason Scott Lee in the role. He gives a
spirited, charismatic performance that captures the zest for life that
Lee possessed. It's a long way from one of his first 'extra' roles as
an Asian immigrant in the rather forgetful "Born in East L.A." (1988).
Scott Lee is totally appealing here, taking on such a legendary figure
and making us believe that Lee is truly up there once again on the

The film's major theme of the "demon curse" Lee's family inherited, had
a frighteningly real resonance when, after the movie premiered, Lee's
eldest son Brandon (for whom the film is dedicated) was accidentally
killed on the set of "The Crow". This would prove to be his breakout
film, just the same way Lee's last film, "Enter the Dragon", made him a
world wide superstar. This gives the film an added prophetic note that
puts it in a category all its own.

Based on wife Linda Lee Cadwell's book, "Bruce Lee: the man only I
knew", directed with skillful restraint by Rob Cohen (who also
co-scripted). Randy Edelman created the unforgettable musical score
(you'll be humming the tune long after you hear it).

QUOTES: Linda: "All these years later people still wonder about the way
he died. I prefer to remember the way he lived."