Young Bruce Lee (Danny Chan) has no interest in studying and is obsessed with martial arts. After losing a street fight, he resolves to master Kung Fu under the tutelage of Master Ye Wen. Targeted by street gangs after standing up for the weak, Bruce has no other option but to leave Hong Kong for a strange and far off land: America. At the University of Washington Bruce starts teaching martial arts and befriends an American girl named Linda (Michelle Lang). An extraordinary performance at a national karate championship launches Bruce, his film career, and his Kung Fu school on the path to international renown.
What We Thought:
Part of me wants to recommend The Legend of Bruce Lee Volume One because the story is great. Part of me thinks the production is so bad I’m not sure most people could finish it.
The story is pretty solid. It starts with a school aged Bruce and shows his early days as a dancer. He then moved on to boxing and martial arts. Obviously it’s those martial arts that would make him a worldwide star and icon. I liked all that. Even being a fan of his, I actually learned a lot about his life, especially his early life and family.
Unfortunately the production of the series is pretty bad. The audio dubbing is laughable. I almost wanted subtitles without English dubbing it’s that bad. Plus it has a really weird look to it. Almost like when you first saw HD TV and it looked fake or super staged. The outside scenes looked super fake or really bad like they were shot on old home video cameras or something. It was very distracting.
Add in that this series is THREE discs long and it was a hard binge to watch. Again, the story was awesome, but the look really bothered me. It also seemed to have continuity errors and mistakes throughout it.
I will say they got some good actors who looked like who they were supposed to be. Danny Chan was good as Bruce Lee and the series also has Ray Park and Michael Jai White who I both like.
The Legend of Bruce Lee Volume 1 is a mixed bag for me. The story is worth seeing, but the production isn’t. There’s a lot of talent in it that I like so it really should be better.
Recommended If You Like:
- Bruce Lee
- Martial Arts films