George Nolfi's (The Adjustment Bureau) Bruce Lee film Birth of the Dragon opens in theaters next week and we have an exclusive clip from the film featuring the incredible training sequences the martial arts legend committed to. Additional young Bruce Lee training sequences are teased in the first Birth of the Dragon trailer.
Birth of the Dragon is loosely based on the legendary fight between Bruce Lee and Chinese kung fu master Wong Jack Man in 1960’s San Francisco and is decidedly a fun, kick-ass martial arts action-flick rather than a serious biopic. George Nolfi - who wrote Ocean’s Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum, and directed The Adjustment Bureau - helms the unconventional piece
This particular match between Wong Jack Man and Lee is a mysterious one, supposedly a private battle where Lee defeated the master in order to settle a dispute over Lee’s controversial teaching in San Francisco. So, instead of documenting fact vs. fiction, the film makes a kick-ass story about this event instead, full of action.
Birth Of The Dragon Synopsis
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.
BH Tilt presents, WWE Studios presents, a Groundswell Films and Kylin Pictures production.
George Nolfi directs Birth of the Dragon off a screenplay by Stephen J. Rivele And Christopher Wilkinson. Michael London, Janice Williams, James Hong Pang, and Leo Shi Young produce, while Jason Blum, Michael Luisi, Kelly Mullen, and David Nicksay serve as Executive Producers. Phillip Ng, Xia Yu, Billy Magnussen, Jin Xing, Jingjing Qu, and Simon Yin star in the film with Corey Yuen serving as Martial Arts Supervisor.
Birth of the Dragon opens in theaters August 25, 2017.