Bruce Lee comes to life in the first ‘Birth of the Dragon’ trailer

"Birth of the Dragon" Teaser Poster

“Birth of the Dragon” Teaser Poster

A new Hollywood film about Bruce Lee titled Birth of the Dragon will be making its way to theaters soon. The fable-based movie will take a look at the life of legendary martial artist and movie star Bruce Lee, using Lee’s disputed bout with Master Wong Jack-Man as the centerpiece of the story.

There’s some speculation that this could lead to a Rashomon-like structure to Birth of the Dragon since there are so many varying accounts of how the fight between Bruce Lee and Master Wong went down.

At the helm of the project is George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) with a screenplay by Christopher Wilkinson (Ali) and Stephen J. Rivele (Nixon).

Rising Hong Kong star, Philip Ng (Wild City, Sifu vs Vampire, Zombie Fight Club), will portray Bruce Lee. Additional casting includes 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. Ron Yuan (Blood and Bone) and King Lau (Kick Ass 2) are also attached. The legendary Corey Yuen (Kiss of the Dragon, No Retreat, No Surrender II) will be handling the fight choreography.

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.

Birth of the Dragon will be released on August 25, 2017.

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4 Responses to Bruce Lee comes to life in the first ‘Birth of the Dragon’ trailer

  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.

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