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Birth of the Dragon (2016)

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Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man - a battle that gave birth to a legend.

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Cast

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Wong Jack Man (as Xia Yu)
Wang Xi'An ...
Tai Chi Grandmaster / Wang Lian
Hai Yu ...
Shaolin Abbot (as Yu Hai)
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Wang Biao (as Wu Yue)
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Steve McKee
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Beat Poet (as Steven F. Roberts)
Riley Wood ...
Hippie Girl
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Bruce Lee (as Philip Wan-Lung Ng)
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Frankie Chen
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Janet Wei
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Winston Peng
Jingjing Qu ...
Xiulan Quan (as Qu Jingjing)
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Wai Fu
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Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man - a battle that gave birth to a legend.

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The Fight That Created The Legend


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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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25 August 2017 (USA)  »

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A Origem do Dragão  »

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$6,901,965, 28 September 2017
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The character of Steve McKee was based on actor Steve McQueen who studied with Bruce Lee in the late 1960s. See more »

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A few of the job titles in the scrolling credits such as "stunt coordinator" and "set designer" change back and forth from English to Chinese. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Good Time/Birth of the Dragon (2017) See more »

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A disrespectful appropriation of Bruce Lee
21 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Hollywood is racist. This movie disrespects the legacy of Bruce Lee. I highly recommend everyone to boycott this movie. The movie serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes regarding Asian women, men, and the culture.

It's perspective forces the viewer to indulge in racism against people of color. The racism is very subversive and is spread by more than just one movie. Movies like these are bountiful in Hollywood(denigrating Asian culture).

I noticed a very disturbing pattern in Hollywood. They do not want Asian men in the lead role even in their own biopic.


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