Birth of the Dragon film based on In 1964, Bruce Lee took on Wong Jack Man in one of the most controversial fights of all time. The film inspired by this true event.
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Young Bruce Lee is trying to make a name for himself while working as a martial arts instructor in 1964 San Francisco. When Lee meets Wong Jack Man, he challenges the kung fu master to a no-holds-barred fight that became the stuff of legend.
George Nolfi’s Birth of the Dragon, from Blumhouse’s microbudget genre label BH Tilt and WWE Studios, opened in eighth place with $2.6 million from 1,618 theaters. The film, which earned a B Cinema Score, is a fictionalized account of when Bruce Lee challenged kung fu master Wong Jack Man to a fight in the mid-1960s in San Francisco.
This is pure Lee. He never went for anything better than second-rate material—inane plots, cartoon sound effects, punches that never exactly connect, cheesy zooms—but he strode through it unassailable and physically perfect, sweat glistening on his incredibly developed torso, redolent of a kind of beauty that hadn’t obsessed the camera since the start of the 20th century. Movies had mostly forgotten about muscles before Lee came along, and while the average Hollywood leading man now looks like a gym rat, nobody has matched Lee in looking as commanding from as many different angles. The man knew he was a work of art. Really believed it. (avclub.com)
Production companies: Groundswell Films, Kylin Pictures
Distributor: BH Tilt, WWE Studios
Cast: Philip Ng, Yu Xia, Billy Magnussen, Jin Xing, Jingjing Qu, Simon Yin
Director: George Nolfi
Screenwriters: Christopher Wilkinson, Stephen J. Rivele
Producers: Michael London, Janice Williams, Christopher Wilkinson, Stephen J. Rivele, James Hong Pang, Leo Shi Young
Executive producers: Helen Ye Zhong, Kelly Mullen, Daiv Nicksay
Director of photography: Amir Mokri
Production designer: David Brisbin
Editor: Joel Viertel
Costume designer: Aieisha Li
Composers: Reza Safinia, H. Scott Salinas
Casting: PoPing AuYeung, Joanna Colbert, Judy Lee