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Birth of the Dragon (2017)



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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.

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Philip Ng
as Bruce Lee
Yu Xia
as Wong Jack Man
Billy Magnussen
as Steve McKee
Terry Chen
as Frankie Chun

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Critic Reviews for Birth of the Dragon

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15)

The fight sequences are slick, but this is a soulless slog.

February 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sorely lacks supreme enlightenment.

February 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It doesn't offer much enjoyable action, and doesn't convince in any way as a picture of what Lee's life was really like.

February 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The actors clearly know their moves.

February 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's the usual trope-iary of stunts and oriental wisdoms, redeemed by stellar work in the main roles.

February 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Almost certainly the second worst thing to happen to Bruce Lee, this toothless and tame movie doesn't even come close to capturing the great man's dangerous charisma.

February 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Birth of the Dragon

One doesn't see enough Bruce Lee ripoff movies anymore, but this kung-fu epic surprises by spending more love on the story than on the butt kicking, making for a more satisfactory experience. Don't pass this one by, as I nearly did, as simply just another ripoff of the legend. There's real stuff here.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Birth of the Dragon introduces Bruce Lee as a character to the modern industry and the results are very terrible. Feels exactly nothing like those Bruce Lee movies that inspired this film. If it was more built under the pressure, maybe this film could have been better than what it is today.

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