I Am Bruce Lee

Synopsis: Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day he died over three decades ago. The greatest martial artists, athletes, actors, directors, and producers in the entertainment business today will share their feelings about the one who started it all. We will interview the people whose lives, careers, and belief systems were forever altered by the legendary "Father of Martial Arts Cinema". Rarely seen archival footage and classic photos will punctuate the personal testimonials. Prepare to be inspired.
Director(s): Pete McCormack
Production: D&E Entertainment
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Rotten Tomatoes:
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Year:
2012
94 min
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If someone says, "I can't watch

a Bruce Lee film," I can't talk to 'em.

Bruce Lee is a worldwide fighting icon.

He was a 130-something-pound

lethal weapon.

Bruce and his fighting style

changed the game.

In the beginning I had no intention

that what I was practising,

and what I am still practising now,

would lead to this.

Bruce Lee, Bob Dylan, Ali,

Jay-Z, Tiger, Kobe, Jordan,

they all have the same spirit.

No stunt coordinator coordinated

his shit. He did it himself.

The guy you see in Bruce's films

is the way Bruce was in person.

He could lose his temper.

Bruce Lee is my idol. Wha-aa!

He was directing, writing, acting.

I don't even look at him

as being Asian. He's my idol.

When you think of Bruce Lee, you don't

think about the Asian karate guy.

You think about a legacy.

The moves that he could do,

you were wondering

if they were speeding up the camera.

Bruce Lee was like the superhero

of the Asian community.

You had Muhammad Ali.

You had Malcolm X.

Bruce Lee represented

that same kind of radicalism.

Technically brilliant choreography.

You get mysticism, hyper-masculinity.

This guy is like, bang!

He's put balls on Chinese men.

There's some cool stuff.

You're like, "Wow.

That supercool guy is my dad. "

- There'll never be another Bruce Lee.

- Baby, here I am, man.

How does a small Chinese guy become

the greatest martial artist of all time?

Production 263-05-224-10.

Test X1, take 1.

Bruce,

just look right into the camera

and tell us your name,

your age and where you were born.

My last name is Lee, Bruce Lee.

I was born in San Francisco

in 1940. I'm 24 right now.

There was controversy about me

taking him back to the United States.

But he loved his time that he lived

in Seattle before all of this.

It was important for my children

to know where their father was.

I just intimately just started crying.

I think I literally cried after

the funeral all the way from Seattle,

all the way to the California border,

all the way up to Sacramento.

That was a very difficult time

to leave Hong Kong

and... take their favourite son away.

Bruce's childhood

is interesting to look at

from the standpoint

of where he ended up.

First of all, Hong Kong

in the early '40s

was occupied by Japan

during World War ll,

and this had an influence on Bruce.

It was very important to him as a child

from the get-go to be self-sufficient,

and in doing that, you have to shoulder

a lot of personal responsibility.

There's bad blood historically

between China and Hong Kong and Japan.

His mother used to tell me how Bruce

would hang over the side of the balcony

and shake his fist at the Japanese

planes coming to land in Hong Kong.

If anyone said a word against

the Chinese, he would rebel.

And you work

in motion pictures in Hong Kong?

Yes, since I was around six years old.

Bruce became a child actor

under his father's influence,

his father being an actor

in the Chinese opera

and then in Cantonese films as well.

Tell the crew what time

they shoot the pictures in Hong Kong.

Well, it's mostly in the morning

because it's kind of noisy in Hong Kong,

you know,

around three million people there,

so every time when you have a picture,

it's mostly, say, around

A lot of people

don't touch on this,

but he was the biggest childhood star

in Hong Kong.

He made 20, 20-something movies

as a child star.

He was like

the Macaulay Culkin of that era.

And then you have the fact that

Hong Kong was governed by the British.

They targeted the British.

You are crazy.

But there's a lot of competition

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Pete McCormack

Pete McCormack (born January 27, 1965) is a Canadian author, filmmaker, screenwriter and musician. He is best known for directing the Academy Award short-listed documentary Facing Ali and the Leacock Award-nominated novel Understanding Ken. He is the creator of the HBO Canada documentary television series Sports on Fire. more…

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