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The Real Bruce Lee

Lee Lives Within

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The Real Bruce Lee

In the tidal wave of Bruceploitation martial arts homages, tributes and knockoffs following the untimely death of Bruce Lee, few are more ridiculously entertaining than The Real Bruce Lee (“We positively guarantee the Real Bruce Lee” shouts the poster), a bold-faced cash grab mashing together rediscovered childhood footage of the real Bruce, pseudo-documentary spiel, a highlight reel of his greatest imitator, Bruce Li, and a kung fu feature starring Dragon Lee modeled after Bruce’s Fist of Fury.

Marc Edward Heuck discusses The Real Bruce Lee on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Jim Markovic
Starring
Bruce Lee, Bruce Li, Dragon Lee
Year
1979
Country
Hong Kong/USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
99 minutes

Lee Lives Within

In the grindhouse fervor for martial arts films in the wake of Bruce Lee’s breakout success, unscrupulous distributors rushed to slap his name on a seemingly endless supply of unrelated Hong Kong imports. In the explosive Lee Lives Within (aka Showdown at the Equator), a team of kung fu crimebusters infiltrate a local gang, igniting a war in the streets.

Marc Edward Heuck discusses Lee Lives Within on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Kwan Ching-Liang
Starring
Bruce Liang, Lo Lieh, Nora Maio
Year
1978
Country
Hong Kong
Format
35mm
Running Time
86 minutes

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