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Film / Birth of the Dragon

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A 2016 American martial arts movie directed by George Nolfi that is a fictional account of a supposedly true story that involves Bruce Lee's (Philip Wang Lung Ng) challenging Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu) in a duel over who is a better martial artist.

The film also stars Jin Xing, Billy Magnussen, and Ron Yuan.

It was released on September 13, 2016.

Tropes for the film:

  • Enemy Mine: Following their match, Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man team up to rescue Steve's girlfriend from Chinatown gangsters.
  • Expy: Steve McKee is this of Steve McQueen.
  • Historical Domain Character:
    • Bruce Lee, a martial arts teacher and budding actor.
    • Wong Jack Man, an old kung fu master who challenges Lee on his fighting style.
  • Period Piece: Set in 1965 San Francisco.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Set during the duel between Lee and Wong Jack Man, with the story being exaggerated and adding fictional characters to the story.
  • White Male Lead: The movie was advertised as a Bruce Lee biopic, but turned out to focus more on his white friend who didn't even exist in real life.