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    The Bruce Lee Story

    I was watching the Bruce Lee Story last night. The one with Jason Scott Lee.

    Did Bruce really have that challenge match?
    Did he really kick the guys butt and then get punk'd from behind?
    And did he really fight the same guy again at Ed Parker's seminar (or competition or whatever it was)?
    Did he really end up fighting the guys brother in the filming of the Big Boss?

    Is this stuff a matter of history, or was it just dramatization?

    #2
    No to everything above, it was ALL dramatized and/or made up for the movie.

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      #3
      Can you provide a link or additional information? I'm afraid if there is no backup documentation the media will create history then unless it is challenged properly.
      Now or never.

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        #4
        There are vid clips of the demo he did at Ed Parkers.
        As for the rest.... I don't save any links about that stuff, but i am sure SOMEONE here has.

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          #5
          Almost nothing in "Dragon: The Bruce Lee story" is based on fact. There is no need to consult conspiracy theories, the OFFICAL books contains the actual information which is nothing like the movie.

          Did Bruce really have that challenge match?
          Yes. The official line is that it lasted a few minutes but Bruce wasn't happy with how winded he was and how long it took him to finish the guy.

          Other recollections seem to indicate it went much longer than a few minutes, but still: Bruce wasn't happy with how winded he was and how long it took him to finish the guy.

          The only account I've seen that said it was a draw was by the guy he fought in that match....

          Did he really kick the guys butt and then get punk'd from behind?
          Nope, totally made up.
          Bruce badly fucked up his back doing the 'good morning' exercise with heavy weights without warming up.

          (Good morning is the same motion as the stiff legged deadlift but the bar is on your shoulders like a squat, which changes the forces being applied)

          They changed this for the movie, because badly messing up your back through incorrect warm up is not the most dramatic of storylines.

          And did he really fight the same guy again at Ed Parker's seminar (or competition or whatever it was)?
          No.
          He did a demonstration there, and did some full contact (fully padded up) with one of his students. Its interesting to see and is JKD in its very early stages. Footage is available on the net, and often appears in Lee doco's.

          Did he really end up fighting the guys brother in the filming of the Big Boss?
          No. They just wanted to put in a big dramatic fight scene.
          Its not that big a stretch though, it has been widely reported he did have more than a few 'challenge matches' on the set of Enter the Dragon with the martial artists that were hired to be Han's soldiers (some pictures are on the net, some actually appear in a recent picture book in the official releases)

          Of course it goes without saying the evil samurai spirit he was fighting in his dreams was real.
          Last edited by FingerorMoon?; 11/13/2003 4:38pm, .
          The Wastrel - So attractive he HAS to be a woman.
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            #6
            The dude he fought in the challenge match is still alive and lives in San Francisco

            here's a different side of the story
            http://www.lakungfu.com/sifujackmanwong.html

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              #7
              Yeah, thats the account I've read.

              Its hilarious.
              Among other things, Wong claims that he didn't use his high kicks because they were just too dangerous, and that he is far more dangerous now because he has developed his internal chi to such a high level.

              He also says he fought defensively because he was afraid he'd kill Lee if he used the full extent of his ability.

              I fully believe his bit about Lee fighting dirty and constantly going for the eyes since he preached that sort of fighting openly (and put many references to it in his movies)
              The Wastrel - So attractive he HAS to be a woman.
              - Pizdoff

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                #8
                I found the following link after my last viewing of Dragon. The movie was very entertaining, but I would have enjoyed it ten times more if they made it more factual.

                http://www.bruceleedivinewind.com/dragon.html

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                  #9
                  On a side note, I find it interesting that quite a few MAs in the community came out in a renewed effort pushing JKD "fighting strategies", associations, etc. that seemed to coincide with the release of this movie. Dan Insonato was not one of them.

                  I thought the movie was cute by the way.

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                    #10
                    The movie was ok...but it wasn't very accurate. way too dramatized. ha..odd they find it hard to find drama in a broke philosophy majors life. Money is a source of lots o drama, and lack of it..ouch.
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                      #11
                      Of course the scene in which he fights, entirely spontaneously, a gang of meat-cleaver wielding Chinese waiters is entirely based in fact.
                      Normally, I'd say I was grappling, but I was taking down and mounting people, and JFS has kindly informed us that takedowns and being mounted are neither grappling nor anti grappling, so I'm not sure what the fuck I was doing. Maybe schroedinger's sparring, where it's neither grappling nor anti-grappling until somoene observes it and collapses the waveform, and then I RNC a cat to death.----fatherdog

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                        #12
                        hahahahahahah !!!!!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by The Wastrel
                          Of course the scene in which he fights, entirely spontaneously, a gang of meat-cleaver wielding Chinese waiters is entirely based in fact.
                          LOL..yeah..that scence got the peoples eyebrow from me. If they wanted to have a fight scene so bad..why not a mugging or something a bit more believeable. Talk about pulling something right outta the butt.
                          ~Whatever Happens, Happens.~


                          ~From this moment on, I shall be known as "He Who Smokes Bitches"~

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                              #15
                              Then, out of nowhere jumps out :
                              JIM KELLY !!!!!! afro and all !!!!
                              Now we got some 70's shit happening dude !!!!!!!

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