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Bruce - King Of Kung Fu (1980) Directed by: Daniel Lau & Bruce Le

SAYING you're telling the true story of Bruce Lee doesn't make you less of an exploiter of the late martial arts legend. Bruce Le depicts Bruce's street fighting days, forays into blindfolded martial arts but ultimately drunken snake fist is the chosen style for this one. Making the production feel suspiciously like one that rips off what made Jackie Chan famous in the process. Ultimately very unfocused, unfunny (planting goofy, fighting characters like Alan Chan's is no draw for the movie) and lacking in the action-department, Bruce Le brings a very apparent skill-set but can't put it to effective use on screen. There's flashes of it in various scraps with Fung Hak-On and Bolo Yeung and it's a minor, dumb delight to see Le picking said style. But even when you get a finale versus Enter The Dragon's Sek Kin, the fumes Bruce - King Of Kung Fu very sporadically operated on are long gone.

Bruce Lee Against Supermen (1975) Directed by: Chia Chun

Another one of countless vehicles exploiting the legend of Bruce Lee (hence the term Bruceploitation). While it's shameless for even doing so, thankfully Bruce Lee Against Supermen has no cinematic qualities that can rival the few but classic works that Lee managed to put out. The film sees Bruce Li in Green Hornet mode (but also doning some truly heinous alternate super hero wear late in the film) trying to save his girlfriend and father from thugs on the hunt for a secret formula.

Independent and totally low-budget, one thing director Chia Chun clearly hasn't grasped is the tool of tightening up a film. Instead he stretches the most common things such as walking and driving to ludicrous lengths just to get his film up to 80 minutes and to top it all off, the only potentially saving grace, the fight action, is sluggish and generally sloppy. However, Bruce Lee Against Supermen is a whole lot of fun as it's ripe for tearing apart Mystery Science Theater 3000 style-style. Among the hokey highlights is a female cat fight and the supermen of the piece that are a bunch of lethal, laughing circus clowns. Priceless. Leung Fei (now widely knows as Master Betty from Kung Pow: Enter The Fist) co-stars.

Bruce Lee & I (1976) Directed by: Joe Law

Less Bruceploitation in intent but instead the desire is to tell Betty Ting Pei's side of the story as Bruce Lee did die in her apartment. Shaw Brothers and Joe Law instead generates atmosphere that leans more towards the goofy despite serious intentions. Betty plays herself as we see her trying to explain to a bartender (and the Hong Kong public who weren't fond of her at all in light of Bruce's death and that he was married with children) her story in the entertainment business. Suffering through the hardships of merely being cast for erotica (and subsequently encountering sleazy producers) and latching onto rich men to feed her gambling habit, meeting Bruce Lee (Danny Lee doing an admirable job in the action department and has enough of an resemblance too the late superstar) creates a bond where he tries to give her a break, encourage and better her. All good stuff in intent but spicing things up with bright colours, tilted angles, pot smoking and romantic montages involving pillow fights in Lee's apartment/gym with tons of pictures of himself on the wall, Joe Law's direction isn't easy to take seriously. At times not even a flattering portrayal of Bruce as he's taking out his frustrations when not being with Betty via alcohol, other women (there's almost a rape scene here), Law's frame is still goofy fun even if not intended to be and the production values are expectedly above average coming from Shaw Brothers. The hypocrisy at hand where it's said that Bruce should not be made into a caricature is strikingly odd since Shaw Brothers gave us the production they did but Bruce Lee & I is still not AS much shameless Bruceploitation like we're mostly used to.

Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave (1976) Directed by: Doo Yong Lee

When the filmmakers behind what was reportedly during production called The Stranger realized that they had an inept film and a genuine turkey of a martial arts actioner on their hands, they decided to capitalize on the wave of films featuring Bruce Lee copies (aptly named Bruceploitation). A completely unrelated and illogical opening was shot, featuring Bruce Lee (or a white guy in jeans rather) being resurrected during a thunderstorm and then The Stranger opens, a film not in any way whatsoever related to the shameful phenomenon known as Bruceploitation (the English dubbers now and again reminds us of the fact that we're supposed to think it's a Bruce Lee movie by dubbing in the famous war cries).

Featuring a Korean actor credited as Bruce K. L. Lea, he admittedly got a few nice moves and the movie is hokey fun at certain points. The fun lasts very briefly though and Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave becomes more and more a chore to get through. It still remains entertaining when examining the behind the scenes information alone and that opening is something else in terms of low points.

Trivia note: sources claim Umberto Lenzi (director of Cannibal Ferox and Eaten Alive) directed this, something that probably is difficult to believe yet it hasn't been confirmed either. Even the name Bert Lenzi occasionally appear when researching the film.

Bruce Lee Superstar (1976) Directed by: Ling Ping

Also known as Chinese Chien Chuan Kung Fu, Bruce Li is Bruce Lee in a very spotty bio flick and from a production not too concerned about much of anything. Do some familiar-ish beats out of Bruce's life but don't linger on any key events really seems to be the agenda. At 83 minutes, it's the journey of Lee dedicating himself to martial arts, makes a name for himself in movies and dies. In between there's a challenge or two outside of and on set of productions and supporting his best friend (Au Yeung-Chung) trying to develop as an actor as well. Bruce Li shines in the short bursts the action scenes offer up but overall Bruce Lee Superstar is straightfaced Brucesploitation not really caring or taking the time to make a full biographical picture. A fascination for the genre helps and the movie is thoroughly watchable despite its spotty ways. Featuring footage from The New Game Of Death. Also with Lung Fei, Wei Ping-Ao, Tse Ling-Ling and Tai Leung.

Bruce Lee - True Story (1976) Directed by: Ng See-Yuen

Surprisingly straightfaced and ambitious bio of Bruce Lee covering his time in America leading to his death after having just achieved super stardom, Ng See-Yuen, now that we have his directing career seemingly completed, proves that he was not just after making mad cinema utilizing and exploiting the image of Bruce Lee (Tower Of Death). Bruce Lee - True Story is flimsy for sure and no true depth comes out of ticking the boxes of the essential beats within Lee's shortlived story (going to America, creating Jeet Kune Do, taking on challenges, rejected in America only to become a superstar in Hong Kong etc) but the ambition is admirable. Especially since Ng seemingly goes to the same locations The Big Boss and Way Of The Dragon was shot (Thailand and Rome respectively). Not somber or dramatic as such though as direction (and dubbing) of in particular Westerners is highly awkward (and amusing) and Bruce's training facilities essentially turning into a science lab in his quest to improve his martial arts is memorable, goofy celluloid. Bruce Li is fine in the role and never misses a beat in the action department, one of the areas the film truly excels in. As a bonus after the main body of the film, Ng See-Yuen shoots scenes detailing the alternate rumours of Lee's death and even the theory that Lee disappeared to live as a recluse is touched upon. Not truly good or appropriate, this is still far from Bruceploitation, close to a drama but ultimately viewers will take away the goofy side of it in addition to the masterclass in action. Unicorn Chan, Chiu Chi-Ling, Fung Ging-Man, Mars and Lee Hoi-Sang also appear.

Bruce Le's Greatest Revenge (1978) Directed by: Do Liu-Boh

All kinds of questions start at the English title stage. So Bruce Le was big enough to warrant getting his credit into the movie title and amongst his many tales of revenge, this is the greatest? Huh. Well when you're essentially just rehashing beats from The Big Boss and Fist Of Fury, it's hard to put forth any confidence into much of anything. Especially concerning revenge. As much as he and others tried, Le was never destined to come off as as iconic in terms of being the Chinese hero and it's very apparent when copying the "No Dogs And Chinese Allowed" park sign smashing from Fist Of Fury and it comes off as the most forced copying ever or cloning rather. So there's plenty of shameless exploitation of Bruce's image here but little of the shameless fun and it's only Le's fight with Bolo Yeung that comes remotely close to fury. Le's physical chops weren't bad but he was not a huge visionary. Also with Ku Feng, Lee I-Min and To Siu-Ming.

Bruce's Deadly Fingers (1976) Directed by: Joseph Kong

By all accounts Bruce Le's first stint as a Bruce Lee impersonator, here teamed up with Michael Chan to take down Lo Lieh's Lee Hung who's after the real Bruce Lee's treasured martial arts instruction book on the invincible finger kung-fu. There's standard and rather dull beats about finding missing persons, sisters forced into prostitution, all wrapped in a package containing henchmen in the modern wear of the time, fairly impressive ferocity action-wise and an completely awkward Bruce Le mimicking the mannerisms of Bruce Lee in such a goofy way that it carries Bruce's Deadly Fingers. An odd rape scene set within a ring of fire, characters losing eyeballs and finger kung-fu being effective when you want to crack open your beer, director Kong (The Clones Of Bruce Lee) makes no excuses about being an exploitation director but comes off as rather likeable despite. Nora Miao also appears. Also known as Bruce's Fingers.

Bruce's Last Battle (1986/88) Direcyed by: Joseph Kong

Also known as Bruce's Secret Kung Fu, Bruce's Ninja Secret and made up of footage primarily from Bruce And The Shaolin Bronzemen (1982) with select scenes from Bruce's Deadly Fingers (1976), you can never quite figure out why director Kong wanted to merge his own directed movies into a new one. Market potential for Bruce Le still in the mid 80s one would assume but regardless, the hybrid product is a mess. A sporadically entertaining and colourful one though. With the new dub now about a treasure hunt, Le is continually appearing in scenes with varying film stock (making the switch between the footage is easy to spot), in new outfits and constantly deals with assassins also after the treasure. These range from beautiful women waiting in the sea with knives, an obese masseuse and midgets. Colourful at the very least. As per the 1982 movie, much of this takes place in the Philippines and Le, a damn fine action performer, only sporadically works with talent able to keep up. But the exploitation colour the PRODUCT (it's not really a movie and certainly not a coherent one) lines up makes for shameless but entertaining viewing if all you want is Bruce Le... trying to be Bruce Lee. Forcefully so. Key phrase being forced. Lo Lieh and Chiu Chi-Ling also appear via scenes from the oldest of the movies. Asso Asia produced Bruce And The Shaolin Bronzemen and its crew consisting of among others Joseph Lai would go on to flood the market with many hybrid footage-movies containing ninja action as IFD Films & Arts.

Bruce The Super Hero (1979) Directed by: Bruce Le

A confident production that puts captions such as "Dragon Films Co. Masterpiece" and "Super Star Bruce Le" in its opening credits, the martial arts/treasure hunt adventure directed by its Bruceploitation star doesn't convince it has the right stuff to escape the genre hole it's deep, deep in. While an international flavour is added via Western and Phillipino actors that takes up more space than Le himself, all this senseless talk and no excess spells doom for this venture. Because Bruce The Super Hero has evidence pretty early on that it shouldn't compete so why not let us have fun by watching Bolo Yeung fight a bull...or something? Luckily for us, he actually does but this requisite behaviour is far too infrequent for the film to be loved by those in the know. The dubbing comes with some hilarious delivery at points though, the yellow track suit makes a random appearance, the worst stock music possible is employed and Kong Do employs snake style fighting at the end by having a snake head appear on his arm but content mentioned is still overall overshadowed by incompetence for even this sub-genre of the genre.

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