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Bruce Lee, My Brother

As a young man, Bruce Lee was a rebel who was always engaging in street fights with his buddies, Kong and Unicorn. Invincible as a street fighter, Bruce`s romantic escapades are not as smooth and successful. He is head over heels in love with Mandy only to realize his mate Kong shares the same passion. Meanwhile, another girl Monique has a crush on him. Against his father`s wishes, Bruce studies the Wing Chun martial arts style instead of Tai-chi and tastes his first "public" triumph by knocking out a Caucasian boxer at a tournament with his kung-fu skills. On the eve of his triumph, he learns that Kong has become a drug addict and decides to rumble the drug lord`s den together with Unicorn. This renders him the target of both the triads and corrupted cops who want him in jail. To save his life, Lee`s father has no choice but to send him off to San Francisco to pursue his studies. And the rest is history...

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 25 Nov 2010
Genre: Action / Biography / Documentary / Martial Arts
Running Time: 2 Hours 9 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS, ENCORE FILMS
Cast: Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Aarif Rahman, Christy Chung
Director: Manfred Wong, Raymond Yip Wai Man
Format: NA

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Writer: Edith Yeoh

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Watch this if you liked: “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story,” “The Real Bruce Lee”

Nearly 40 years since his untimely death, Bruce Lee remains not only the most influential father figure of martial arts but a true screen idol and culture icon. While millions of fans worldwide know Lee through his kung fu films, little is expounded on his early life in Hong Kong especially. So that's what directors Raymond Yip and Manfred Wong set out to do - to piece together a biopic about the legend based on a memoir written by his younger brother, Robert Lee.

"Bruce Lee, My Brother" starts off with a steady stream of conceptual shots around the house in which Lee and his family grew up. The movie then begins with Lee's birth in San Francisco, where his father, Lee Hoi Chuen (Tony Leung Ka Fai) was touring at that time with the Cantonese Opera troupe. It's interesting to see the way the story unfolds and how Lee got his English name, Bruce.

Fast forward 18 years and we see the young Lee, played by "Echoes Of The Rainbow" star, Aarif Lee. Here, he is depicted as a cocky and mischievous young fella, whose crimes involve street brawling and vandalism. While certainly handsome enough to play the legend, Lee however, isn't much of a crowd-pleaser. Yes, he has his fans, but this reviewer feels that there is still plenty of room of improvement for the budding actor and singer.

The problem with "Bruce Lee, My Brother" is that, with all the excitement and seemingly life-changing events that are happening to the characters, nothing impressive really takes place in the film. This reviewer blames the incoherent plot, where sometimes along the way, the storyline appears to be choppy and badly edited. Some parts of the movie appear to be rather boring and hastily made - to save cost, perhaps?

The movie could be better, if more time is spent on developing the story and supplying more details to the plot. Surely, a movie about Bruce Lee cannot fail the die-hard fan. However, it's thrilling in the beginning and just falls flat during the second half. "Bruce Lee, My Brother" is a movie with great packaging but contains nothing of real, lasting substance on the inside. Do give this a try if you're a fan of the screen legend or if you're not put off by this slightly negative review.

Cinema Online, 25 November 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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