Flashback Friday- Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

For many film fans, Bruce Lee is an icon.  He is iconic not only for changing the way Asians are portrayed on-screen, but for creating the martial arts action genre as modern audiences know it to be.

In 1993, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story hit theaters.

Raised in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee (Jason Scott Lee) is advised to leave his childhood home to get away from the demons that are forever nipping at his heels. Needing to make a living, he opens a martial arts school in the United States that slowly gains attention and grows to include students of all backgrounds.  Among the students is his Caucasian girlfriend/future wife Linda (Lauren Holly).

Then Hollywood beckons. Between his role as Kato in The Green Hornet  (1966-1967) on television and the films The Big Boss (1971) and Enter The Dragon (1973), Bruce is now a major player in the entertainment industry. He is also happily married to Linda and a parent twice over. But the demons from his past are never far away.

As biopics go, this film is not bad. Stepping out of the spotlight of an icon, Bruce Lee is presented as a human being, who like all of us, has both positive and negative traits.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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