Birth of the Dragon

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Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man - a battle that gave birth to a legend.

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Philip Ng
as Bruce Lee
Yu Xia
as Wong Jack Man
Billy Magnussen
as Steve McKee
Terry Chen
as Frankie Chun

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Critic Reviews for Birth of the Dragon

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (10)

  • Sorely lacks supreme enlightenment.

    Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't offer much enjoyable action, and doesn't convince in any way as a picture of what Lee's life was really like.

    Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's no reason a movie in which Bruce Lee and Steve McQueen (er, "Steve McKee") duke it out with Chinatown gangsters in mid-1960s San Francisco has any business being this joyless and dull.

    Aug 27, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • It wants to be a character study, an explication of martial arts philosophy and an action picture ... But the film never really gets fully juiced until the climax ...

    Aug 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Zippy, B-movie entertainment. It proves that zeroing in on a small but significant part of a famous person's story, and how it reflects on their life at large, can often make for a sturdier entertainment than the usual long-skim approach to the biopic.

    Aug 25, 2017 | Full Review…

    Robert Abele

    Top Critic
  • How, this far into the 21st century, does a film like this get made? One that shunts Bruce Lee to the status of secondary character in a lazy and boringly familiar star-crossed romance?

    Aug 25, 2017 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Birth of the Dragon

  • Nov 13, 2017
    One doesn't see enough Bruce Lee ripoff movies anymore, but this kung-fu epic surprises by spending more love on the story than on the butt kicking, making for a more satisfactory experience. Don't pass this one by, as I nearly did, as simply just another ripoff of the legend. There's real stuff here.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2017
    Birth of the Dragon introduces Bruce Lee as a character to the modern industry and the results are very terrible. Feels exactly nothing like those Bruce Lee movies that inspired this film. If it was more built under the pressure, maybe this film could have been better than what it is today.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer

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