The spirit of Bruce Lee Lives on
From Hollywood to some of Hong Kong’s most famous stars paying tribute after more than 30 years since Bruce Lee died. The film industry is still inspired by him. This section looks at some of the men and woman who all have a career in their own right but have still channelled the spirit of the little dragon by using Bruce Lee-esque movements and mannerisms in movies.
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Hong Kong’s “Big Brother” Sammo Hung worked with the real deal on Enter the Dragon and later made his own homage to Bruce Lee in Enter the Fat Dragon, Skinny Tiger Fatty Dragon and Millionaire’s Express…
At the start of his movie career and long before Jackie Chan become the huge star that he is today, he dealt out his own entry into Bruceploitation in New Fist of Fury.
Martial Arts star Donnie Yen has often quoted Bruce Lee as being one of his biggest inspirations. Now more famous for portraying Ip Man, Donnie dished out his own version of Bruce’s more famous characters, Chen Zhen.
One of Hong Kong’s most commercially successful actors and singers, Andy Lau has pulled some of Bruce Lee’s famous moves in some of his movies including the Wong Jing actioner The Last Blood and comedy Crazy Companies.
Award winning actor, producer and director, Eric Tsang’s early foray into Bruceploitation movies included a memorable role as ‘Popeye’ in The Dragon Lives Again. He can be seen flexing in Bruce Lee style in the Wong Jing comedy The Romancing Star 2
The outspoken and versatile Anthony Wong is more famous for his acting than martial arts skills but in 2005 he unleashed his own ‘Fist of Fury’ in director Stephen Fung’s House of Fury.
The late Hong Kong comedian, MC, and actress Lydia Shum can be briefly seen in the infamous Game of Death catsuit in It’s a Mad Mad World Too to deal out some punishment to co-star Bill Tung.
Japanese actor, director and comedian caught audiences attention with his impersonation skills. In 2006’s Longest Nite in Shanghai he got to show off his Bruce Lee impersonation.
From Bruce Lee’s one inch punch to the blood soaked Game of Death catsuit, Director Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill stars Uma Thurman in a homage to Grindhouse and Martial Arts cinema.
An unexpected Bruce Lee inspired moment comes in the 2010 Hollywood action-comedy Knight and Day when Tom Cruise grabs a seat-belt during one of the film’s action sequences.