The Legend Is Alive
Bruce Lee was an icon of martial arts all his life. Martial arts icon Bruce Lee died unexpectedly on July 20, 1973, at the age of only 32, just as he was about to get started in Hollywood. The flick became a colossal success posthumously, sparking a veritable boom in martial arts films and making Bruce Lee the biggest star of the genre. In retrospect, the movie fulfilled the expectations that Bruce Lee and the production company had of it. It was supposed to open the American market for movies of the martial arts.
In the course of filming, it had already become apparent that Bruce Lee had health problems. He had previously collapsed in Hong Kong as a result of brain edema. However, after examinations, he returned and died two and a half months later, while working on his last project, Game of Death. This film was completed and released five years later. That is how the actor became a legend. He had already earned his status with the success of numerous productions. He could only enjoy it for a short time.
From Child Star To Dancer, Kung Fu Fighter, and Actor
Born in San Francisco, the son of a Chinese actor was a star as a child. He later made a career as a dancer and martial artist studying at the legendary Kung Fu master Yip Man. In the late 1950s, Lee moved to the United States and began studying acting. At the same time, he opened a kung fu school. He showed his unique form of kung fu at karate championships in California, which was supposed to make him known. He landed roles in television series such as Batman and first gained fame through the role of Kato in The Green Hornet.
Numerous Hollywood stars became aware of him and began to train with him. These included Steve McQueen, James Coburn, and Chuck Norris. That was followed by a role alongside James Garner in Marlowe before his Hong Kong productions finally made him a star. To this day, it is a cultural phenomenon that is revered both in the East and in the West. Its story repeated itself almost 20 years later. At that time, his son Brandon Lee was about to embark on a Hollywood career. The film that would make him famous was also his last. He died while filming after an accident with a dummy pistol ball.
Bruce Lee inspire people even in these days. The best example of this is his involuntary appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s last film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. There Tarantino presented the legend anything but flattering, which earned him harsh criticism from all sides. The director defended himself by stating that he had only worked up a side of the martial arts artist which everybody knew for a long time. The discussion proved that Bruce Lee and his life are still of great interest to those interested in martial arts around the world.