Blu-ray Review – Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, 1993.

Directed by Rob Cohen.
Starring Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner, Michael Discovered, Eric Bruskotter, Nancy Kwan, Sterling Macer Jr., and Ric Younger.



A fictionalised account of the lifetime of martial arts famous person Bruce Lee.


The life and tragically early dying of martial arts legend Bruce Lee will eternally maintain curiosity, spark debate and encourage many alternative takes on what really occurred to the person however in 1993 – twenty years after his mysterious dying – the world was handled to what has most likely develop into the most well-liked depiction of Lee’s life in movie, the Rob Cohen-directed Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, now given a DVD and Blu-ray re-release courtesy of Fabulous Movies.

Nonetheless, as with most biopics there have been – and nonetheless are – rumblings about how correct the depicted story actually is, and throughout the first 10 minutes of the film we’re launched to Bruce (Jason Scott Lee – Again to the Future Half II) via a sequence of scenes set in Hong Kong the place he takes on a gaggle of unruly US sailors at a dance after which along with his father of their residence. We all know from file that neither of those occasions is true to life – Lee didn’t tackle drunken troopers at a dance and he lived along with his father, mom and 4 siblings – and neither are the scenes of his combating in a again alley along with his colleagues at a Chinese language restaurant and varied different fights that happen within the film, however though they might not replicate what actually occurred to Bruce when he arrived in America they do give Jason Scott Lee (no relative) an opportunity to indicate simply how good he’s as Bruce.


And he must be as a result of he doesn’t really appear to be Bruce Lee very a lot. Nonetheless, he has the mannerisms down – the best way of speaking expressively, the motion of his mouth and – most likely most significantly – he has the strikes, which is much more spectacular once you be taught that Jason Scott Lee had no earlier martial arts coaching, however he has the nice man’s combating stances and tics all the way down to a tee, a lot in order that you could possibly be forgiven in pondering it was Bruce with Jason’s face inserted excessive throughout sure scenes.

The film focuses on Bruce’s inner fears and the way these fears manifested themselves as a demon that assaults Bruce – and later his son Brandon, whom the demon goes after close to the tip of the movie – in blackouts. In actuality this was by no means primarily based on something aside from attempting to broaden on the favored idea of a ‘curse’ within the Lee household, a idea (and a film scene) made all of the extra poignant by the tragic dying of Brandon Lee a number of weeks earlier than this film’s launch. The romance between Bruce Lee and his spouse Linda (performed by Lauren Holly – Dumb and Dumber) can also be delved into fairly closely and, once more, though occasions are ‘tweaked’ for emotional or dramatic impact – Bruce didn’t dictate his Tao of Jeet Kune Do e-book to his spouse whereas he recovered from a damaged again; it was pieced collectively by Linda from Bruce’s notes after his dying, and he by no means broke his again in actual life anyway – it does assist emphasise how sturdy their bond was, particularly when put in opposition to the backdrop of prejudice in opposition to their interracial relationship, which was an actual factor. However what’s unsuitable with telling a convincing love story, whatever the information, anyway? It provides the film a coronary heart which will in any other case haven’t been there had the filmmakers focused on the motion as a substitute.


Finally, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is much less of a biopic and extra like the most effective Bruce Lee film that Bruce Lee by no means starred in. Sure, there have been liberties taken with true occasions – and a few full fabrications – however the seeds of the story got here from Linda Lee Cadwell’s biography and interviews with Cadwell and Brandon Lee, and with Rob Cohen’s intentions to make a movie that was extra like a Bruce Lee film than a regular dramatisation of a Hollywood star being the preliminary mission assertion then the film undoubtedly succeeds. The disc comes with an archival behind-the-scenes featurette that’s just about the Bruce Lee fan service you anticipate it to be however the Blu-ray picture is crisp and sharp, and together with the retro fashions on show it provides this 27-year-old film set over 20 years earlier a definite freshness.

The actual reality as to what occurred to Bruce Lee won’t ever be recognized and due to this a definitive model of his life will unlikely ever be made, or no less than get authorised by his property. In the event you go into Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story anticipating accuracy and truth you then aren’t going to get it however that doesn’t cease it being a extremely entertaining film filled with humour, motion and romance with a narrative to inform that takes on an additional weight and sense of melancholy due to the timing of its authentic launch with the dying of Brandon Lee. General, it’s the spirit of Bruce Lee that lies on the centre of this film and it’s superbly recreated, no matter its inaccuracies.

Flickering Fable Ranking – Movie: ★ ★/ Film: ★ ★ ★ ★

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