I Am Bruce Lee

I Am Bruce Lee

DVD - 2012
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Voted as one of the most important people of the 20th century in Time Magazine's Time 100, as well as one of the Greatest Pop Culture Icons by People Magazine, Bruce Lee continues to be honoured and remembered for his enduring legacy. Bruce Lee's often revolutionary and sometimes controversial thinking on a multitude of planes has become a source of inspiration and debate for a generation of philosophers, actors, filmmakers and athletes. The film is a compelling and visually stunning uncovering of Bruce's life, his enormous impact, and his ever-expanding legacy in the world of martial arts, entertainment, and beyond-despite his tragic and sudden death at the age of 32.


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Nov 12, 2018

Good documentary about Bruce Lee. Comments made during the DVD: He gave Chinese men balls; He was a 137 pound lethal weapon; He was the Elvis of martial arts. The DVD covers his career and his life with comments from his wife and daughter and assorted fans. He was a talented and unique man who loved martial arts but also embraced philosophy. He incorporated elements from boxing and dancing (he was a Cha Cha champion!) into his martial arts. He developed his own style, taught martial arts to earn a living early on and then went on to instruct celebrities: Steven McQueen, James Coburn, Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He had a lifetime of overcoming racial prejudice and treatment. As one African-American commenter said, ‘he represented the third world. I saw his movies in St. Louis as a kid in a theater filled with African Americans and he was our hero because represented us.” He came up with movie ideas that studios would not heed like the Warrior which was eventually turned into the t.v. series Kung Fu. There were no Asian-American leading romantic men in film and people comment there still are not any in films. It gets a bit bloody when they talk with MMA (mixed martial arts) folk, but overall interesting. He spent years in Seattle and there was talk at one time of building a museum for him--not sure if that will ever happen, but in the meantime you can watch his movies. SPL has most of them. I was looking for the Green Hornet t.v. show (Lee plays Kato) but SPL does not have that on DVD.

Oct 25, 2017

Still worth the watch, but not the documentary that I was hoping for. It has far too much screen time wasted on too many opinions from celebrities that were influenced by him, but not taught, nor were martial artists, nor even had met him.
If you want an introduction documentary about Bruce Lee, with words by him, then try seeing the two 1994 A&E productions; Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon, narrated by Miguel Ferrer and A&E's Bruce Lee Biography, narrated by Peter Graves, found on YouTube.
These have interviews of students, and fellow actors and producers on tv shows and movies that he was involved in.
The other documentary that the library has that is interesting to look at but not as good, is the 1993 production, Martial Arts Master, The Life of Bruce Lee.

Jan 04, 2015

Bruce Lee quote - "Absorb what is useful - Discard what is not - Add what is uniquely your own."

I must admit that I am, indeed, a bit of a Bruce Lee fan, myself. I mean, this guy, with his mischievous grin, was an extraordinary martial artist whose distinctive fighting style excelled, without question, well beyond the norm.

Born in both the year (1940), and the hour, of the Dragon, Bruce Lee's venture into American cinema is what firmly cemented his reputation as being one of the 20th Century's most dynamic and enduring pop-culture icons of them all.

In the world of entertainment, Bruce Lee was (and, I guess, always will be) the ultimate butt-kicker, bar none.

Through stills, archive footage, and film clips (as well as interviews from family members, celebrities and martial arts experts) this "I Am Bruce Lee" documentary-DVD tells the story of this ambitiously-driven man who, at the very height of his career, died tragically (in 1973) at the age of 32.

Jun 19, 2014

I agree with the other reviewers - there was too much interview material with famous people who were inspired by Bruce Lee but had never known him in real life. I would have liked more information from those who knew him best. Also there was too much MMA footage.

May 24, 2013

Way too much celebrity blabbing and not enough focus on the amazing Bruce Lee.

May 22, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. It was interesting to listen to people talk about how he influenced their lives. The action clips were good.
The extras were interesting too.
I now know why punching and kicking was such a big part of his type of martial arts. He was like a martial arts boxer.

ravenheart Apr 24, 2013

Too much of other people talking about bruce, who didn't even have any contact with him. I mean they had like Cobie Bryant, Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Dana White the UFC promoter, Ed O'Neil from Married with Children, etc. It's worthwhile to have those that had first-hand contact with Bruce, like Gene LeBell, Dan Inosanto, or Bob Wall, but much of the run time was wasted on the other guys which was just ridiculous.

I wish I recalled the title, but there is another much better documentary on Bruce out there, which contains much more footage of him giving interviews, and even exhibition footage, and was totally about BRUCE. "I Am Bruce Lee" didn't totally suck, but it definitely isn't the most comprehensive documentary out there.

Mar 25, 2013

I was expecting a more comprehensive biography but a lot of time was spent on other people's opinions of bruce lee. this could have been so much better.

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Sep 19, 2013

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