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Brotherhood (1987) Directed by: Billy Chan

Mostly known as Code Of Honor and sold as a starring vehicle for Chow Yun-Fat, in actuality Chow's role as the son of O Chun-Hung's gangster boss Ho Chen Tung barely qualifies as a supporting role and the movie is in fact bearing the original title of Brotherhood (not to be confused with Stephen Shin's 1986 movie of the same name, starring Danny Lee who has a cameo in Billy Chan's movie at hand here). A simple, familiar tale of an elder gangster boss wanting out to re-unite with his son but when betrayal hits hard, it's also hard to get out of the triad circle. A hot headed cop played Dick Wei also uses dubious tactics to trap Ho Chen Tung. The friendship between Ho and Han (Lam Wai) seems to be then only intact one and Han, like in the past, is there for Ho too... even violently. The beats are familiar but a combo of an gritty 80s look, familiar faces (Shing Fui-On, Shum Wai, Sunny Fang, Dennis Chan etc), occasionally very graphic triad violence, stunts and brawls makes Brotherhood an easy one to endure. Dramatically it does have some strengths in the interplay between O Chun-Hung and Lam Wai as well that creates a fairly believable friendship.

Bruce And Shaolin Kung Fu (1978) Directed by: James Nam

Less of a Bruceploitation package but nevertheless close to generic. I say close to because Bruce And Shaolin Kung Fu passes time adequately thanks to a few minor positives in James Nam's frame. The stock Chinese vs. Japanese plot takes place mostly in the cold, harsh Korean landscapes, which makes for some cinematic flair. Also adding Bolo Yeung as a gorilla style fighter (hence the German title being Der Gelbe Gorilla) helps a certain excessiveness a generic exercise like this almost MUST achieve, at least in my untrained kung fu mind. An over the top villain, exploitation elements and an almost out of place visual style at times are also pro's for those looking for elements outside of the action to fall for.

Starring Bruce Le, an obviously talented martial artist, he's got the stock Bruce mannerisms down but he has to rely on the fighting scenarios being wild in order to stand out. Thankfully through his bout with Bolo and the fun finale with twin brothers equipped with nifty weaponry makes him end up in the middle of the road critically. As does Bruce And Shaolin Kung Fu as a film when measured out against the crowded genre. Something that should tell you it's simply a little bit more entertaining than most. Co-starring Chan Sing.

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 The Invincible (1978, Law Kei)

Breaking it down, nothing unusual happens here as revenge through kung fu is the stock plot of choice. So Bruce Lee The Invincible is ordinary. In fact Bruce Li is not very Bruce at all but part of the ensemble-team of Michael Chan, Nick Cheung and Chen Sing. But at some point ordinary turns into the unusual and it's here the movie gathers its points. The action choreography is overall powerful and sufficient but without crazy sights, the movie would've faded from memory quickly. But when giving us advanced face-mask technology that turns Chen Sing into Mars (who gets one of his better showcases on film here, demonstrating fine leading man presence) and for no easy to explain reason multiple fights with gorillas (guys in suits expectedly), the ordinary factor has turned into the fun-factor. Even if the Bruce Lee-mannerisms manifests themselves during the end, mad content and fairly strong choreography carries the movie all the way through.

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.

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