Bruce accepts the challenge in a New ‘Birth of the Dragon’ clip

"Birth of the Dragon" Theatrical Poster

“Birth of the Dragon” Theatrical Poster

A new Hollywood film revolving around Bruce Lee titled Birth of the Dragon will finally be making its way to theaters on August 25th. The fable-based movie will take a look at the life of legendary martial artist, using disputed bout with Master Wong Jack-Man as the centerpiece of the story.

At the helm of the project is George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) with a screenplay by Christopher Wilkinson (Ali) and Stephen J. Rivele (Nixon). Noted Hong Kong action director, Corey Yuen (Kiss of the Dragon, No Retreat, No Surrender II) has staged the film’s fight choreography.

Rising Hong Kong actor Philip Ng (Wild City, Sifu vs Vampire, Zombie Fight Club) stars as Bruce Lee. Co-stars include Yu Xia (Dragon Squad) as Wong Jack-Man, Billy Magnussen as Steve McKee, and Jinging Qu (Journey Through China), who’ll be playing Steve’s love interest.

During early screenings of Birth of the Dragon, many critics and fans were upset that the character of Bruce (Ng) took a backseat, while the “white” character of Billy (McKee) was front and center. Due to this backlash, the film’s U.S. publicist has reached out to inform SA: “The version shown at TIFF was unfinished and it has been recut. The character played by Billy is a minor character – not the lead – in this cut, which is what will be shown in theaters. The story is not told from the point of view of the fictional Steve McKee character. It focuses on Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man.”

This isn’t the first time Hollywood has explored the legend of Bruce Lee. Perhaps the most well known example is 1993’s Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, a heavily dramatized biopic from The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen that featured Jason Scott Lee (Time Cop 2) in the lead role. And let’s not forget the many Chinese productions, such as 1975’s Bruce Lee I Love You, 1976’s Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth, 1978’s The Dragon Lives and 2010’s Bruce Lee My Brother.

Updates: Added a New Clip from film, followed by the Trailer:

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6 Responses to Bruce accepts the challenge in a New ‘Birth of the Dragon’ clip

  1. I say this movie is looking pretty good. Phil Ng captures the essence of Bruce pretty will (doesn’t move bad either). The narration by someone (other than Bruce) is an interesting concept. As a fan of George Nolfi’s work (The Adjustment Bureau), I’m looking forward to it.

  2. HKFanatic says:

    Phillip Ng does seem to be quite good in the role (which is really the most important thing). My fear is that Corey Yuen’s fight choreography is just going to be chopped up in the editing room like most Hollywood productions, and therefore fail to capture a lot of what made Bruce Lee so exciting on film, but perhaps it’ll be interesting as a straight-ahead drama.

  3. Meander says:

    The lead character of this movie is Steve Mckee and secondly Wong Jack-Man. It is not a Bruce Lee story. He is just in it.

  4. steve callow says:

    looking forward to this film, have been a bruce lee fan from the age of 16, i am now 59 and it still excites me when i here his name mentioned. trailer looks good.

  5. Chad says:

    After hearing the bad news about this after its first screening I was far from hoping the best. Yet after hearing that screening it had was not properly edited and recut. Showing a more focus look at Bruce. I can say I am more excited and I’ll be the first in line paying for a ticket to see it. There’s too much talent involved in this movie for it to be bad….lets hope not anyway

  6. Ningen21 says:

    If only Harvey listened the same way to critics of how he shreds Asian films….

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