Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

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The brief but eventful life of actor and martial arts trailblazer Bruce Lee is portrayed in this drama, based on a biography written by his widow Linda Lee Caldwell. Lee is introduced to the study of martial arts as a child living in Hong Kong by his father (Ric Young); the father dreamed that a demonic armored dragon would take his son from him, and wanted young Bruce to be able to protect himself. Bruce continues his training as he grows to adulthood, and after the cocky teenaged Lee (Jason Scott Lee, no relation to Bruce) seriously injures a prominent British citizen while fighting a gang of troublemakers at a dance, he's sent to San Francisco. While working as a dishwasher, Bruce begins to study philosophy, and in time develops a personal martial arts discipline, Jeet Kune-Do, which blends Kung Fu fighting techniques with lessons gained from his philosophical research. Bruce decides to open a martial arts academy on the advice of his fiancée Linda (Lauren Holly); Linda and Bruce encounter resistance as a mixed-race couple, especially from Linda's mother Vivian (Michael Learned), and Bruce earns the enmity of traditional Chinese martial arts experts for his new style. But after a strong showing in several public tournaments, Bruce's fighting skill and charisma attracts the attention of TV producer Bill Krieger (Robert Wagner). Bruce is cast as Kato, the karate-trained sidekick on the series The Green Hornet, and while the show is short-lived in America, it's a huge success in Asia, leading to a series of films based around Bruce's remarkable fighting skills. Sadly, shortly before the release of the film that would make him a major screen star in the United States, Enter The Dragon, a mysterious brain disorder sends Lee into a coma that soon kills him. In a tragedy with eerie timing, Bruce Lee's real-life son Brandon Lee died shortly before this film was released, the result of an accidental shooting while completing the picture The Crow.
Rating: PG13
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama
Directed By: Rob Cohen
Written By: Edward Khmara , John Raffo , Rob Cohen
In Theaters: wide
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MCA Universal Home Video

Cast

Jason Scott Lee
as Bruce Lee
Lauren Holly
as Linda Lee
Robert Wagner
as Bill Krieger
Michael Learned
as Vivian Emery
Nancy Kwan
as Gussie Yang
Kay Tong Lim
as Philip Tan
Ric Young
as Bruce's Father
Sterling Macer
as Jerome Sprout
John Cheung
as Johnny Sun
Han Soo Ong
as Luke Sun
Eric Bruskotter
as Joe Henderson
Aki Aleong
as Principal Elder
Marie Pailhes
as Virginie
Jean Lescto
as Raoul's father
Sam Hau
as Young Bruce
Clyde Kusatsu
as History Teacher
Mireille Franchino
as Report hite's woman
John Lacy
as Nunnemacher
Harry Stanback
as Benny Sayles
Michael Cudlitz
as Tad Overton
Forry Smith
as Green Hornet
Van Williams
as Green Hornet Director
Sean Faro
as Assistant Director
Paul Raci
as Bad Guy
Robert Garrett
as Kreiger's Butler
Ed Parker Jr.
as Ed Parker
Lala Sloatman
as Sherry Schnell
Lau Pak Lam
as `Big Boss' Director
Louis Turenne
as Maitre D'
Rob Cohen
as `Enter the Dragon' Director
Jonathan Penner
as Studio Executive
Calvin Bartlett
as Stunt Coordinator
Jan Solomita
as Heckler
Wang Luoyong
as Yip Man
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