Bruce Lee was a Chinese American martial arts expert and movie star best known for films including Enter The Dragon and Game Of Death. Born on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, he was the son of Can
It is an image that is easy to find across China. A martial artist, wearing a yellow jumpsuit, is holding up his arms ready to attack or defend. You could be forgiven if you drove by and thought it was a picture of the kung fu star Bruce Lee. But technically, it is not. It is the logo of a famous Chinese fast-food chain called Real Kungfu. The company has been using the logo for 15 years, but now it is facing a lawsuit from Bruce Lee’s family. The lawsuit is the latest example in a series of trademark disputes between Chinese companies and international celebrities. Bruce Lee Enterprises, run by Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, is suing the restaurant chain for 210 million yuan ($30 million).
Dec 27, 2019
When news spread that Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was being pulled in China because of controversial scenes involving Bruce Lee, Chinese film fans reacted with collective disappointment, not support. Many Chinese netizens said they backed Tarantino’s freedom of artistic expression and hated to see another movie being “banned.” The film was due to be shown in mainland China on October 25. “Almost all the movies I planned to watch this year have been pulled,” read a popular comment on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. 2019 is a year of many political anniversaries in China, including the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. Film insiders say four major mo
Oct 21, 2019
Bruce Lee wasn't just an actor and kungfu master, he founded his own hybrid philosophy of martial arts called Jeet Kune Do. Tragically, Lee died in Hong Kong at the age of 32 from cerebral edema on July 20, 1973, the same year his film Enter the Dragon was released posthumously. The action film would go on to become a smash box-office hit that sparked worldwide interest in martial arts. Following Lee’s death, combat sports grew in popularity around the world. While most people credit the US with inventing mixed martial arts, a growing number of Lee's fans are supporting the claim that Bruce Lee is the true creator of MMA.
Oct 08, 2019
Martial arts icon Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Now, thanks to his daughter, Shannon, and her producing partners, his long-fabled passion project, the TV series Warrior, set in his birthplace, has completed its first season. In the show, our Bruce-esque protagonist, played by British actor Andrew Koji, is a young martial arts prodigy called Ah Sahm, who arrives from China in 1878. The series follows him as he looks for his estranged sister in San Francisco’s Chinatown – then a den of iniquity, specifically: opium, gambling and prostitution – and dealing with violence and racism. Warrior has been praised by critics and fans alike for its gritty realism and depiction of pe
Oct 07, 2019
The former Hong Kong mansion of Bruce Lee is now being torn down, despite calls from Lee’s fans to preserve the property known as “Crane’s Nest” as a museum. The two-story, 5,700 square-foot townhouse, located in the upscale district of Kowloon Tong, was where the martial arts legend spent his final years. But it will soon be demolished to make way for a Chinese cultural studies center. The demolition work kicked off on Tuesday. In the morning, the entrance to the compound was locked, while several construction workers worked around the main building, which was surrounded by bamboo scaffolds. The owner of the property said the existing building had fallen into disrepair. But the decision
Sep 24, 2019
Chinese mixed-martial arts fighter Xuan Wu has followed in the footsteps of his friend and fellow MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong by knocking out a “fake” kung fu master – in 12 seconds. Xu, 41, has made a name for himself in the past few years by winning bouts against self-proclaimed practitioners of kung fu, or Chinese martial arts, in high-profile matches. His challenge to old-school kung fu masters was interpreted in China as an act of defiance against traditional martial arts. This time, the challenger was a man called Tan Long. He said he was representing the wing chun style of fighting. He was dressed in a yellow jumpsuit similar to the one martial arts icon Bruce Lee wore in the film Game o
Aug 20, 2019
A modern dance drama inspired by Bruce Lee’s “be water” mantra is being staged in Hong Kong, his childhood home. The Odyssey of Little Dragon, produced by the City Contemporary Dance Company, portrays Lee’s life in Hong Kong and the United States, the development of his kung fu philosophy, and the merging of his Eastern and Western identities. The performance is being staged from August 16 to 18, during a time of political unrest in Hong Kong. For more than two months, anti-government protesters have been taking to the streets, often clashing violently with police. For activists, Lee’s “be water” philosophy has become a key strategy guiding them to be nimble and flexible during confrontat
Aug 16, 2019
Quentin Tarantino is defending his controversial depiction of Bruce Lee in the new film Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. The film featured a scene in which Bruce Lee, played by actor Mike Moh, was challenged by Brad Pitt’s stuntman character to a two-out-of-three rounds fight. The fight didn’t produce a winner, but it was implied that Pitt’s character would have won. “Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy,” Tarantino said at the film’s Moscow press conference last week. “The way he was talking, I didn’t just make a lot of that up. I heard him say things like that to that effect.” Shannon Lee, the only daughter of Bruce Lee and Linda Lee Caldwell, said it was “disheartening” to see her fat
Aug 13, 2019
Shannon Lee says she’s saddened by the way director Quentin Tarantino has portrayed her martial arts superstar father in the new film Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. In the film (spoilers ahead), the Bruce Lee character, played by actor Mike Moh, challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman to a best-of-three-rounds fight. Each character wins one round, but it’s implied that Pitt’s character gets the better of the kung fu icon. Lee, the only daughter of Bruce Lee and Linda Lee Caldwell, told The Wrap that it was “disheartening” to see her father characterized as an “arrogant a**hole.” “I can understand all the reasoning behind what is portrayed in the movie,” she said. “I understand that the two char
Jul 30, 2019
Hong Kong-born actor Jason Tobin plays the role of Young Jun, a Chinese gang leader in 1870s San Francisco, in the Cinemax hit show Warrior. Warrior is a television show based on an original idea from Hong Kong martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Watch the video, above, to see how Tobin embraces Lee’s philosophy in his life and career.
Jul 23, 2019