In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
One of the worst ways to make a cult movie is to set out to make a cult movie.
For the hardcore, and even to casual Bruce Lee fans, this documentary might not give much insight into the life of legendary martial artist. The documentary mostly covers the films Bruce made for Golden Harvest (no wonder, the documentary is produced by the same company, and it is called 'The Official Golden Harvest Tribute'), and leaves out many interesting stuff outside these films that made Bruce Lee an international superstar. Most interesting part of the documentary was probably (at least for me) that it concentrated good enough time on Bruce's earlier Hong Kong films that he made before leaving to United States.There are much more insightful documentaries about Bruce Lee out there, but this one is still worth to see as it is honestly sweet with couple of interesting interviews with Lee's Hong Kong co-stars. The film is well put together, and when this is your first film about Bruce Lee, then you probably learn quite many things about the man.
I come to think of this film as "the first 48" of Bruce lee documentaries, because although it was released 4 years after his death it was still fresh in the viewers mind at the time, and that most documentaries sometimes, not lie, but dilute the truth depending on the year it was done while others give us insight on stuff we haven't heard of. this one was the latter because it was the most recent of the decade it told us about a lot of his movies before leaving for the states as well as interviews from one of his instructors, pictures of costume tests for future films and to top it off, demonstrations of his Gung fu book. I even found it surprising that it only has been four years since his action films and death, that people already called him a legend when most historical figures would take more than 10 - 1000 years. Between those times it used to be person to rumour, rumour to myth, myth to legend. Bruce lee skipped rumour and myth and was in the legend category earlier than Heracles completed his first deed. Good documentary
A tribute to the incomparable kung-fu master. It includes rare footage of his athletic capabilities and interviews with some of the people who knew him. Produced by Golden Harvest, it is light on details of Lee's early life and heavy on the details of his films for Golden Harvest. As such, it leaves out several interesting and important incidents from Lee's life, and gives short shrift to what is arguably Lee's most important film "Enter the Dragon". It also focuses heavily on some of his co-stars from his early Hong King films, and makes no mention of his most prominent co-stars, Chuck Norris and John Savage. It's difficult to say just who its intended audience is since dedicated Lee fans will find it uninformative, yet casual fans may find the immense amount of detail about his early films tedious.
This documentary included footage from movies Bruce Lee made as a child. I didn't know he started making movies when he was 6 years old. The movie definately shows him in a very positive way; they only mention some of the rumors in passing. There are film clips throughout which made it more interesting. If you like Bruce or martial arts films, this is a movie worth seeing.