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The Curse of the Dragon (1993)

Documentary of the life of actor Bruce Lee, with interviews with cast members and crews who worked with him.


Tom Kuhn, Fred Weintraub


Davis Miller


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Takei ... Narrator (voice)
Bruce Lee ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve McQueen ... Himself (archive footage)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Himself
Shelton Chow Shelton Chow ... Himself, Bruce Lee family friend
Alex Ben Block Alex Ben Block ... Himself, author of book 'The Legend Of Bruce Lee'
James Coburn ... Himself
Hayward Nishioka Hayward Nishioka ... Himself
Chuck Norris ... Himself
Robert Lee Robert Lee ... Himself, Bruce Lee's brother
James DeMile James DeMile ... Himself, Bruce Lee's Gung-Fu student, Seattle
Leroy Garcia Leroy Garcia ... Himself, Bruce Lee's student, Seattle
Jesse Glover Jesse Glover ... Himself, Bruce Lee's first student, Seattle
George Tan George Tan ... Himself, Bruce Lee historian
Ed Parker Jr. Ed Parker Jr. ... Himself, son of Ed Parker, father of American Kenpo Karate


Documentary of the life of actor Bruce Lee, with interviews with cast members and crews who worked with him.

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1993 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Bruce Lee: Curse of the Dragon See more »

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The film is available as an extra on the 30th anniversary bluray of Enter the Dragon See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1993 UK video release suffered 2 minutes 10 secs of BBFC cuts which removed all footage of martial arts weapons including the infamous nunchakus. Later DVD releases are fully uncut. See more »

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Decent content, awful editing
2 February 2019 | by alanphan-83786See all my reviews

A relatively surface level documentary directed by Fred Weintraub that gives an overview about Bruce Lee's life career. With people like Kareem Abdul Jabar, Chuck Norris and James Coburn among others who knew Lee personally, this doco looked to have plenty of material to take an interesting and in-depth look into Lee's life or philosophy. Instead, it goes for a fairly shallow angle, giving a chronology of his life and scraping the surface of his development as a martial artist, as well as a few tales from the sets of his films.

However, the true sin of this film is its horrendous editing. It constantly fades out from one interviewee (often in the middle of a sentence) and begins fading in the next before the first has finished. This renders some of what both are saying indiscernible as there will be an overlap of them talking. It also too quickly transitions between interviewees, often only having someone say a couple of lines before fading them out and feeling like the interviewees aren't really given the chance to say their piece.

Even worse, there are sequences in which both of these flaws manifest, with an interviewee getting faded out mid-sentence, a second interviewee being faded in, only to be faded out (sometimes literally after a single line), and having a third interviewee be faded in. Its frustrating that this documentary clearly had access to people that knew Lee closely, yet doesn't let any of them say anything for more than a few seconds before rushing them out the door.

There's also a somewhat tacked on 5-10 minutes at the end which mentions Brandon Lee's death and the alleged 'curse' on the family. While obviously relevant to Bruce, it seems awkward to suddenly shift focus onto Brandon's death despite his only prior mention being far earlier in the film and only to mention his birth.

If they still had all of the interview material, they could probably recut a great film, but as far as this one goes, it's really nothing special.

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