A Martial arts website with out the Little Dragon would be a Major flaw in the structure of the site .Why you ask,well because Bruce Lee brought Kung Fu to the masses while at the same time sending a message of wright and Wrong.
He inspired so many martial artists of our time ,that with out Bruce we probably would not seen the likes of Jackie ,Sammo,Jet and Donnie ,especially in the West.
So on this page we play host to Bruce Lee The Man -The Myth and the Martial artist that changed the way people viewed martial arts in general ,gone was the Flying warriors with a mystic to them .Here were real life fighters showing what was possible in the real world and how we were amazed.
Bruce Lee (Lee Jun Fan, Lǐ Xiăolóng; 27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973) was a Chinese American and Hong Kong actor, martial artist, philosopher, film director, screenwriter, practitioner of Wing Chun and founder of the Jeet Kune Do concept.
Lee was born in San Francisco, California, and raised in Hong Kong until his late teens. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, and sparked the second major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West.
But for Enter the Dragon which was shown on TV and cut at that time i had not seen any earlier footage of Lee until the mid eighties when i started work and had enough to buy a video player and a color TV to play on.(we had a Black and White set up to the Eighties).So other then that the only other martial arts flick i had properly seen was Jackie Chan's Big Brawl at the cinema ,it to directed by Robert Clouse.
So i was a bit less over awed with lee as for me Jackie's character appealed more to me at the time.Even though i loved Enter the Dragon with as much gusto then as i do now ( i remember saying to my friend this Jackie Chan bloke is going to be Big).
Any way that was way back then and with a video recorder at hand i joined my local video library (there were so many then)Some of the first films i took out were the Bruce Lee flicks ,Big Boss ,and Fist of Fury.
Looking back i was taken back by these two Chinese films (Dubbed BADLY) and with Big Boss shot on a very low budget and in Thailand.
Bruce who plays Cheng goes to Thailand to find work with the aid of his Uncle.Cheng has cousins in Thailand and they have offered to find him work there .Now Cheng is a mild mannered man with a martial arts ability that has led him in to trouble in the past as he often takes action before thinking about the out come.So because of this his mother has given him a Jade pendant to remind him not to fight when trouble arises.
Now his cousins get him a job at a local ice Factory ,but this factory is a front for illegal dealings and trouble is about to start.
Two of the cousins whilst working break a block of ice and discover inside packets of white powder! (this factory is a front for a drug smuggling operation).When work is ended the two Cousins are asked to stay behind to see the Boss (Big Boss Hsiao Mi played by Yin-Chieih Han).
The two are told of the smuggling operation and offered better Jobs and Money ,but when they refuse they are dealt with accordingly (THEY ARE KILLED).
Now the remaining cousins become worried about their relatives and ask the Boss about them as he was the last to see them.The Boss says they left after the talk they had and that they should not worry ,Boys will be Boys .When they fail to turn up a further two of them ask to see the Boss ,but when asked the Boss just says they came and left after there talk,but when they say they will go to the police the boss has them eliminated but not with out some of his own men being killed in the process by Cousin Hsu Chien played by James Tien ,who was to be the lead in the film until the makers decided Bruce should have the role.
To take the blame from himself ,or shadow the blame we will say Boss Mi makes Cheng the foreman of the factory ,feeding him well and providing sex for him in the form of prostitutes .This alienates the remaining cousins against Cheng (there's a lot of cousins here) one who is played by Lam Ching-Ying who in turn was assistant action director on the film.
Anyhow when a prostitute tells Cheng the truth he Unleashes his fist of fury towards Mi and his men ,breaking in to the ice factory at night and finding the proof he needs.
This sets us up for a final with Cheng and Mi's men and a final battle with Cheng and Mi.
Upon viewing for a first time what becomes apparent is the ability of Bruce lee in the fights and how much presence he had on screen ,something that not all fighters have to become stars.You can be a great fighter but with out a good persona people won't want to watch you.
Bruce Lee as Cheng sends out a stern message
On second viewing you realize how tragic the film is with people being disposed of left right and center for the gains of money.It also shows you can only push some one so far before they fight back and then it may be to late for the assailant to escape.
Revenge is sweet they say but only when it's done for the right reason! Justice.