->''"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering."''

A 1993 {{Biopic}} of Creator/BruceLee, ''Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story'' tells of the legendary martial artist and movie star as he deals with his duality as continuing a strong Chinese heritage while embracing his identity as an American. Jason Scott Lee (no relation) plays Bruce, Lauren Holly plays his American wife Linda and Robert Wagner plays Hollywood producer Bill Krieger.

The movie opts for a slightly fantastical subplot of a demon haunting his family in their nightmares and their efforts to fight back. As expected, there are liberties taken with the actual history and timeline of Bruce Lee (his book on Jeet Kune Do was never published in his lifetime), but the film pays an honest tribute to how revolutionary a man he was and his influence in both the East and West.

!!''Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story'' Provides Examples of:

%%* AllAsiansAreAlike: {{Discussed}} at length throughout the film.
* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Happens InUniverse at the premiere of ''Film/TheBigBoss''. Bruce begins thinking the audience hates it, and attempts to sneak before the credits, but the audience gives a standing ovation.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: At different points in the film, Bruce and Linda are show having intense arguments, but in the end, before filming a scene in ''Film/EnterTheDragon'', Bruce tells Linda "I forgot to tell you I love you.", making her say "That's probably the first time you've ever said that.".
* BrickJoke: Ruby Chow, Bruce's boss at the Chinese restaurant fires Bruce for fighting. After giving him his week pay and severance, she also gives him what she calls an "All Purpose Loan.". When Bruce asks what it's for, she sarcastically claims that he should take his then girlfriend April out for a fancy dinner and when the money and April are gone he will come back to work for Chow to pay it off, which she believes would take him well into his old age. She really wanted him to use the money to get a better education and in turn better life. Bruce later comes back, using the money he made in his first Kung Fu Gym to pay back the loan.
* ButNotTooForeign: Discussed. On the set of ''TheGreenHornet'', a network executive is shown commenting about Bruce "He's awfully Oriental...", but producer Bill Krieger assures him nothing is wrong with Bruce, because he's merely "playing Oriental" as Kato. Regardless, the executive asks him if he can stay masked at all times, and it also prevents Bruce from starring in ''Series/KungFu'', despite helping develop it with Krieger.
* TheCameo: Van Williams (Britt Reid from ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' series) appears as the director in the ''Green Hornet'' scene.
** Also, during the party where Linda tells Bruce that she's pregnant for a second time, the woman singing is the real-life result of that very pregnancy, Shannon Lee.
* CreatorCameo: Director Creator/RobCohen appears as ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' director Robert Clouse.
* CurbstompBattle: A lot, seeing as it's a movie about ''Bruce Lee'', including (but not limited to) the fight versus the sailors, the [[JerkJock gym jocks]], the cooks...
* DefeatMeansFriendship: When a group of students (fueled by anti-Asian sentiment regarding a Dad being killed in the Korean War) attack Bruce at a gym he proceeded to wipe the floor with them. When it was over Bruce's empathy to his attacker ("I'm sorry about your Dad. But I'm American.") and fighting prowess impressed the group and they asked to be trained, starting Bruce on the path as an instructor.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The anti-Asian attitudes that Bruce constantly encounters. The [[EthnicScrappy Ethnic Scrappies]] in ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'' could be found all over cinema at the time, and even Linda laughs, until she sees Bruce's reaction to it.
* DudeNotFunny: Happens InUniverse, as Bruce is extremely unamused with Mickey Rooney's infamous depiction of [[EthnicScrappy Mr. Yunioshi]] in ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys''.
* FightingWithChucks: Bruce uses nunchucks against a racist British sailor towards the beginning, and in the end, when he defeats his family demon.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Towards the beginning, Bruce is depicted idolizing JamesDean, another movie icon that passed away at a young age.
* GeniusBruiser: It is acknowledged that Bruce did study some philosophy while in college. He is also shown writing his book and combining the philosophical styles of many different martial arts.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In-Universe. While the Green Hornet lasts only a couple of seasons, it was immensely popular in Hong Kong, many Hong Kong residents considered [[EnsembleDarkhorse Kato to be the main character]] thus it is marketed as a the ''Kato Show''.
* GroinAttack: Bruce gives one to the head cook during their fight.
* HallOfMirrors: Bruce is shown shooting the iconic HallOfMirrors scene in ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' when he faces his family demon for the last time.
* {{Homage}}: The fights in this movie are in a similar style as Lee's films, which causes a bit of discrepancy with his real life fighting philosophy, which was much more practical and straightforward (and certainly did not involve gratuitous backflips in the middle of a life or death fight.)
** At one point, Bruce wears a yellow leather jacket that looks like his iconic tracksuit from ''Film/GameOfDeath''.
* IShallTauntYou: Bruce does this as he fights an American JerkJock.
-->'''Bruce:''' [[NWordPrivileges Chinks]] can jump more higher!
-->'''Jock:''' Fight me, you bastard!
-->'''Bruce:''' [[BadassBoast I'm no bastard, I'm Bruce Lee!]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Bruce's beatdown of a racist British sailor at the Hong Kong Lantern Festival towards the beginning. It gets him in trouble with the Hong Kong police, but who's really feeling sorry for the sailor?
* MalignedMixedMarriage: See YellowPeril below.
* OffTheRails: During filming of ''Film/TheBigBoss'', as Bruce finds himself fighting Johnny Sun's brother, the director and cameramen are initially confused by what's apparently happening off-script, but decide to film it anyway. However, after the fight, Bruce destroys the footage, upsetting the director, who says that was some of the best fighting he'd ever seen.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Towards the beginning, Bruce is excited to travel to the U.S. because it's a land of opportunity. Flash forward a decade later, and Bruce has moved with his family back to Hong Kong.
-->'''Bruce:''' I'm somebody here, I'm special. Back there, I'm just another gook. Just another wetback, two-bit coolie CharlieChan no-nothing dishwasher from a fishy-stinking restaurant!
-->(''He shoves some stuff off a table'')
-->'''Bruce''': (''[[NWordPrivileges in stereotypical accent]]'') Wash your shirt, meestah white man? Please, no tickee, no shirtee! Order one from column A and one from column B! Me happy to build the railroads! Me happy to dig the mines for you, meestah white man!
* SmallNameBigEgo: The portrayal of Van Williams in the brief ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' scene. Evidently this was for comedy and emphasizing Kato's BreakoutCharacter nature, but Bruce and Van actually became good friends on the show and remained that way afterwards (Van himself cameos in the aforementioned scene as the director).
* StockFootage: Much of the premiere and edit scenes of Bruce's movies, used real footage from Bruce's Movies.
* TemptingFate: "I can beat any man in this room in sixty seconds!" Bruce is about to learn a lesson that (in [[{{Kayfabe}} kayfabe]]) pro wrestlers often learn the hard way: open challenges '''always''' get answered, usually by the one(s) you'd least like to face. [[spoiler: Subeverted in that Bruce wins the challenge, knocking his rival clear into the audience after 58 seconds.]]
* ThrowItIn: In-universe, Bruce improvises a complex action scene for ''The Green Hornet'', after he was supposed to just win with one punch.
* TrainingFromHell: Bruce inflicted it upon himself, and the movie did reference the fact that he was willing to try any and all possible training methods.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: It doesn't quite get to the level of DanBrowned, but a great deal of artistic licence is taken due to RuleOfDrama.
** Bruce is depicted opening his first martial arts school out of inspiration by Linda, whereas in real life he'd opened it long before meeting her. In fact, their relationship started as a TeacherStudentRomance.
** Bruce's father is shown to have died shortly after his daughter Shannon was born, whereas he'd been long dead by that time.
** One part implied, that Bruce was neglecting his family in favor of his movie career. Not only do many biographies claim otherwise. One of which shows pictures of the real Lee spending time with his family on the set of GameOfDeath.
* {{Yellowface}}: Mickey Rooney's [[Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys Mr. Yunioshi]], one of the most notorious examples, is shown. Bruce is deeply appalled by this portrayal, contrasting how he would soon change the way Asian Americans were portrayed.
* YellowPeril: Referenced by Linda's mother when she objects to her marrying Bruce. She even refers to possible mixed-race grandchildren [[KickTheDog as "yellow babies"]] [[spoiler: Though she ultimately gives in after some time.]]