Young Bruce Lee : A Touching Story About The True Legend

Young Bruce Lee : A Touching Story About The True Legend

The myths, legends and mystique that surround Bruce Lee’s life – and death – are so many that it is difficult for the casual fan to sometimes discern what might be true and what might be fiction. For example, the 1993 biopic, Dragon: The Bruce Lee story is a very fanciful take on Lee’s life from when he arrived in America, involving demonic curses, secret societies and death-matches.

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Young Bruce Lee – the full movie, also known as Bruce Lee My Brother, is an account of his early life, as recounted by Bruce’s younger brother, Robert, and is at least more grounded in reality, although it still finds time for flights of fancy.

The film has a very stilted, staccato start, opening with an introduction by Robert Lee, situated in their original family home (which I imagine must be treated like a museum!). Then we get the first stages of Bruce’s life – his birth in San Fransisco, the misunderstandings which lead to his name being registered as Bruce. We see Bruce, still a baby, feature in his first film, and then we jump ahead to the formation of his childhood friends.

It’s all very well shot and acted, but is actually very dull to watch unfortunately – until we finally meet Bruce as a young adult, and played to perfection by Arif Rahman. We watch Young Bruce Lee and his friends get involved with girls, enjoy dancing and getting into the odd fight with local gangs. Bruce mixes it up quite a bit – hanging round film sets, acting in a few films, winning dancing competitions and finding time to develop his kung fu at the wing chun school presided over by master Ip Man.

We get to watch online free very little of Bruce the Martial Artist – quite rightly because that would be a side that his brother Robert wouldn’t have been a part of. It is here that the film decides to take a risk with a moment of – possible-fantasy. Bruce takes part in an inter-school boxing match, against an English kid called Charlie. It’s a close-run match, and he almost loses after slipping on some spilt water in the ring. However he comes back strong and beats Charlie to a pulp. Charlie decides he wants a rematch – this time no audience, no ring and no rules. The fight takes place in private under the docks.

Now, whether that fight took place or not is moot, as after the fight Bruce learns from Charlie that one of his friends is hooked on heroin and needs help. However, the film portrays the fight as if it were the inspiration for the classic colloseum fight between Bruce and Chuck Norris in Way of the Dragon, and therefore stages it in a similar manner – the warm-up, the cat that watches, Bruce’s battle cry and his warning to his wounded opponent not to continue which goes unheeded. To make matters worse, the fight scene itself is badly lit, shot and edited that it becomes a wasted opportunity.

There are hardships along the way. Ever since the war, Bruce’s family have been dogged by a shifty character – he collaborated with the Japanese during the occupation of Hong Kong and then works for the British police as an informant in the present – but is also in league with the local drug dealers. His bullying presence always casts a shadow over everything the family does. This character’s fate leads to the decision to send Bruce to America.

Verdict:

The casual martial arts fan is going to be disappointed when watching Young Bruce Lee online, but anyone sincerely interested in his life, particularly in his influences and the events that drove him to leave Hong Kong, will find much to admire.