Not Just A Great Martial Arts Film!
This movie is a classic of any genre. It has such a great dated fill to it like other classic sixties and seventies films such as Goldfinger, Deliverance or Dirty Harry. I love the cast and their interaction. A Chinese, African American and white guy all fighting together like there's nothing out of the ordinary about it, which is how it should be. These days you would have to have some joke where the Chinese guy makes some "innocent" crack about the 'hood or the black man calling the white guy cracker. In this film everyone is treated with equal respect. It seems to me this is something that was more common place in films in the early seventies or maybe it was the influence of Bruce Lee's own philosophies. Whatever the cause, it's nice to see three different races represented as equals.
The Legend Is In FORCE!!!
Kung fu movies don't get better than this shining star of an example!!! A fictionalized account of the Little Dragon's life probably doesn't do anything to enhance historical facts, but it's sure a lot of fun to see the young Bruce get into one fight after another. Hell, the copyright info hasn't cleared the screen and we already have Bruce getting into a fight with a bunch of thugs. Of course, the real beauty of this film comes from the over the top cheesy dialogue, awful music, cameos by famous martial arts cinema figures (Bolo Yueng, Dr. Claw from Enter the Dragon, etc.), excellent fights in a mutltitude of styles and Bruce's dad constantly telling him: "You've been fighting again!!! But you're kung fu's not good enough!!!"
Master the Art of Fighting in your own Living Room
Excellent companion video to the Bruce Lee Fighting Methods books that are now available in one handsome hardcover edition. Bruce Lee's Fighting Method: The Complete Edition
Black Belt Magazine has done a fine job of showing how Lee's techniques and training ideas come to life from the pages. Its one thing to see and read through the text and try to figure out how its suppose to look. You really need to see it to get the complete picture.
This is Bruce's real fighting art. There are no camera tricks, battle yells, or flying jump kicks. This is a nonsense realistic approach to combat and how to prepare for it. If your used to seeing Lee fight in one of his many Hong Kong fighting movies, you may be surprised at how he really viewed combat. Most of his kicks were below the waist, unless playing around in a light hearted sparring session, then higher head kicks would be used. Punches from his Wing Chun background as also put to good use.