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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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George Nolfi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yu Xia ... Wong Jack Man (as Xia Yu)
Wang Xi'An Wang Xi'An ... Tai Chi Grandmaster / Wang Lian
Hai Yu Hai Yu ... Shaolin Abbot (as Yu Hai)
Yue Wu ... Wang Biao (as Wu Yue)
Billy Magnussen ... Steve McKee
Steven Roberts ... Beat Poet (as Steven F. Roberts)
Riley Wood Riley Wood ... Hippie Girl
Philip Ng ... Bruce Lee (as Philip Wan-Lung Ng)
Simon Yin ... Vinnie Wei
Terry Chen ... Frankie Chen
Ron Yuan ... Tony Yu
Lillian Lim ... Janet Wei
Yee Jee Tso ... Winston Peng
Jingjing Qu Jingjing Qu ... Xiulan Quan (as Qu Jingjing)
Simon Chin ... Wai Fu
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Storyline

In 1964, a young Bruce Lee owns and operates a San Francisco Kung Fu Academy, specializing in the Chinese martial art Wing Chun. Lee cares for his students, providing advice, roles as extras in his upcoming projects, and defending them from the gangs of Chinatown. One of Lee's students, Steve McKee, spars with Lee while fighting in anger, causing Lee to counter and embarrass him. McKee and Vinnie Wei work for the latter's mother's laundry business, where they find out that master Wong Jack Man is on a pilgrimage from China to observe the Kung Fu scene in the United States. While carrying out a delivery to the China Gate restaurant, McKee falls for an employee, Xiulan, who is forbidden to communicate with anyone on the outside. One night, McKee sneaks over to the restaurant to give her a grammar book, teaching her fellow roommates basic English..

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The Fight That Created The Legend


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

China | Canada | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birth of the Dragon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,702,430, 27 August 2017

Gross USA:

$6,901,965

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,215,027
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Linda Lee Cadwell, who was a witness to the actual fight, described it as happening like thus:

"There was not bowing. There was not all that kind of thing. They just faced-off and went at it. Bruce threw the first punch, and did hit Wong Jack Man around his eye. Bruce started to use a series of straight punches and Wong could not retaliate. Wong turned, and he started to run. And Bruce was just after him. Wong went down on the ground, and Bruce was instantly over him with a fist raised and said, in Chinese, "Do you give up?" And he said, "Yes." And that was the end." See more »

Goofs

The term "chopsocky" used by one of the gangsters in the final fight wasn't coined until 1974 in a Variety magazine article on the explosion of kung fu films in the US. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Lee: You're a great advertisement for our training.
[telling a former student he sees badly beaten in an alley way]
Steve McKee: I'm fine.
[he says weakly]
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Crazy Credits

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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24 July 2018 | by VincentmisonneSee all my reviews

I'm writing here my first review just to say i'm not okay with those saying it's denigrating asians because the hero is the white guy.

The director is caucasian and i think he took his point of view. We can see 2 legends by the eyes of a white guy. I think it was a good idea.

And about those saying it's not how Bruce Lee realy was, i want to remind that the movie wants to show us a particular moment of his life, not his whole life.

That was my asian point of view


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