Birth of the Dragon

August 29th, 2017


Birth of the Dragon

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 3.7/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: George Nolfi

Stars: Billy Magnussen, Philip Ng, Terry Chen

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.

Writers: Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Billy Magnussen, Philip Ng, Terry Chen, Billy Magnussen, Philip Ng, Terry Chen, Teresa Navarro, Vanessa Ross, Yu Xia, Ron Yuan, King Lau, Darren E. Scott, Christina July Kim, Natalie Stephany Aguilar, Peter Chao, Steven Wiig, Felix Chu, Jeff Mosley, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Billy Magnussen - Steve McKee
Philip Ng - Bruce Lee
Terry Chen - Frankie Chun
Teresa Navarro - Upscale Chinatown Pedestrian
Vanessa Ross - Tourist
Yu Xia - Wong Jack Man
Ron Yuan - Tony Yu
King Lau - King Lau
Darren E. Scott - Vince Miller
Christina July Kim - Ship Passenger
Natalie Stephany Aguilar - Upscale Chinatown Restaurant Patron
Peter Chao - Busboy
Steven Wiig - Customs Official
Felix Chu - Boat Passenger
Jeff Mosley - Chinatown Pedestrian

Taglines: The Fight That Created The Legend

Country: China, Canada, USA

Language: English, Mandarin

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

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Did You Know?

Martial artist, actor, and stuntman Mike Moh campaigned for the role of Bruce Lee in the film. See more »

User Review


Rating: 1/10

Is this a joke? I am here to see Bruce Lee but they put the focus on some white guy, Steve McKee (Billy Magnussen).

I got nothing against white guys, but what is he doing as the focus of a Bruce Lee biopic? I noticed a very disturbing pattern in Hollywood. They can't seem to be happy with Asian men in the lead role even in their own biopic.

You may think I am kidding but look at all the ways they've whitewashed history eg The Conqueror - Genghis Khan played by John Wayne, Attila The Hun starring the guy from 300.

Is it a coincidence that kulturemedia (search it) has a database of this sort of thing?

But that's just the beginning. Instead of celebrating what a beast Bruce Lee is, they make him out to be some insecure and jealous loser who is butthurt over Steve McKee's success (in the film that is) Seems more like a character assassination, rather than a biopic.

There's the whole "hostility to the fact that Lee's students include Caucasians." This is very one sided because it doesn't account for the century+ of rampant racism and war crimes committed by Caucasians against the Chinese including the opium wars holocaust, eight nation alliance, and the stealing of Hong Kong. None of that is mentioned.

All in all, this is a terrible film. I would not recommend it for Bruce Lee fans as it tarnishes his true history with half baked lies and even focuses on some Caucasian instead.

Feels like it was the director who was jealous of Bruce Lee's success.


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