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I Am Bruce Lee (2012)

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Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day ... See full summary »

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Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day he died over three decades ago. The greatest martial artists, athletes, actors, directors, and producers in the entertainment business today will share their feelings about the one who started it all. We will interview the people whose lives, careers, and belief systems were forever altered by the legendary "Father of Martial Arts Cinema". Rarely seen archival footage and classic photos will punctuate the personal testimonials. Prepare to be inspired. Written by Anonymous

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"Water Can Flow Or It Can Crash. Be Water, My Friend." - Bruce Lee


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Bruce Lee: I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.
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An Introduction To Millenial Viewers & Reviling Ardent Fans
23 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Having read some of the commentary in the review section, I completely understand their revulsion to this film, considering I am Asian and have been a long time fan of Bruce Lee myself.

However, in a concerted effort to be objective, I will review this film if I've never heard of Bruce Lee and discard with my preconceived judgments.

The documentary, does play like a cheesy MTV documentary, or perhaps something the History Channel might have produced. This I believe, is a conscious decision designed to promote Bruce Lee to Millenial audience born on this side of the century, who haven't seen his films or read his works, and why he had such a monumental significance in modern day martial arts.

As an aside, Bruce Lee was among the major pioneers of modern martial art, who advocated breaking away from rigid Martial Art traditions, renounced unnecessary flowery movements, and focused efficiency and results. He wasn't the first, but he successfully communicated this idea, and it changed the way the world view martial arts today.

Coming back to my earlier point, this new Millennial audience is also the reason why it includes a cascade of non- related celebrities - such as that Pro-Skateboarder, a dancer, some writer, Dana White from UFC, Gina Carrano, Jon Jones, actor Mickey Rourke, Kobe Bryant, Taboo from Black Eyed Peas - offering platitudes and opinions on a man they have never met. The goal isn't to inform new viewers, but to entice their curiosity into wanting to know more.

Did it succeed? On the most part, I'd say yes. The strength of the documentary is in part, the way these celebrities communicate their adoration for Bruce Lee towards their fans, by using themes and philosophies they incorporated from Bruce Lee. This is also however, the documentary's biggest flaw.

Real Bruce Lee fans understandably, would not and should not care what these posers think or feel about Bruce Lee. And because the documentary is heavily interspersed with these celebrities, real worthwhile information on the man himself is kept at a minimum.

While Bruce Lee's main philosophical ideas are well introduced, it doesn't explore the motivations behind his thinking, his reasoning, his decisions, his passions and his commitment.

Still, for an MTV doc, it's well made, but it will sure take the urine off of real fans.


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