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

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.8/10 (12,253 voted)

Director: 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 - Elder
Sam Hau - Young Bruce

Taglines: 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(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,000,000 (USA)

Gross: $35,112,679 (USA)

Technical Specs

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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).

Continuity: 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 innuendo.

"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 screen.

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."