It calls itself “the best Bruce Lee documentary ever” featuring rare and never-seen-before footage and photographs about the legendary actor-martial artist, and it’s coming to the big screen very soon. ‘I am Bruce Lee’ features brand new interviews with those closest to him, particularly with Bruce’s wife and daughter. It also has lots of never seen before archive footage including rare footage from “Enter the Dragon” and clips from his appearance in the TV series “Here Come the Brides”. The filmmakers have also managed to get their hands on previously unreleased (and believed to be lost) colour footage of Bruce at Ed Parker’s Long Beach Karate Tournament.
Despite his tragic and sudden death on 20th July 1973 at the age of 32, Bruce Lee’s enormous influence on martial arts, entertainment and popular culture lives on to this day. Utilizing rare archive footage, photos, movie clips and brand new interviews with members of his close family, as well as with numerous stars from the worlds of sport, music and acting who have been inspired by Lee’s legacy, I Am Bruce Lee goes more deeply into the true story behind the legend than any ever before. The film also examines Bruce’s connections to the establishment of Mixed Martial Arts as we know them today, acknowledging that if Gene LeBell is considered the Godfather of MMA then Bruce is without doubt the modern-day Father of MMA.
The film also shows extensive footage of Bruce training in the back garden of his Bel Air home in Los Angeles and at Bruce Coburn’s house (including Chi Sao training in Wing Chun that have never been seen before) and the first official release of Bruce in Seattle practising Chi Sao.
‘I am Bruce Lee’ is directed by the award-winning documentary filmmaker Pete McCormack who’s previous films include Facing Ali and Uganda Rising). Among those being interviewed are Linda Lee Cadwell (Bruce Lee’s wife), Shannon Lee (Bruce’s daughter), JKD instructor and close friend of Bruce, Dan Inosanto (Game Of Death), world champion kickboxer Bob Wall (Way Of The Dragon; Enter The Dragon; Game Of Death), Richard Bustillo (a former JKD student of Bruce Lee), actors Mickey Rourke (The Expendables; Iron Man 2; The Wrestler) and Ed O’Neill (Modern Family), NBA All Star Kobe Bryant, Taboo from Black Eyed Peas, actress and MMA fighter Gina Carano (Haywire), legendary stuntman and former wrestling and judo world champion Gene LeBell and UFC World Champion Jon Jones. Watch the trailer below to see what you’re in for.
I am Bruce Lee (15) hits UK cinemas on 20th July 2012.