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Bruce Lee, My Brother is a somewhat-dramatized biographical movie about the early life of Bruce Lee, up to the point when he left Hong Kong for the United States.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Big Brother Worship: Bruce to his little brother Robert
  • Construction Zone Calamity: where they finally find a drug addicted Kong
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: The Brit who comes looking for evidence of opium use.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Played with. Charlie Owen, upon his first defeat, sees Bruce as a rival he wants to fight again. However, the second time, after Bruce defeats him then immediately saves him from a fire, the two become friends.
  • Enfante Terrible: What Bruce was like as a kid. A constant troublemaker.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Said to Kong when they finally find him in the druggies' hideout.
  • Happily Married: Bruce's parents
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  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kong takes down the guy with the sledgehammer at the very end of the movie.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: except Bruce who can't ride a bicycle
  • Love Triangle: Two intertwined triangles: Bruce hangs out with a childhood girlfriend but likes a different girl; the girl he likes is the love interest of one of his close male friends.
  • Multigenerational Household: three generations before grandma dies
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: That same guy who showed up as the Japanese army guy's translator shows up again as British guy's underling and later as the drug lord's underling. He even displays almost the same behavior albeit translated, at least the first two times.
  • Shout-Out: to the kitten in Way of the Dragon with the cat in the second fight with Charlie Owen
  • Take a Third Option: What Bruce does in the face of Love Triangles.
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  • The Exile: or so it seems when Bruce is sent to the USA to avoid more trouble
  • The Faceless: when Bruce meets Yip Man whose face we never see
  • The ’50s: the setting, complete with fashions and teenagers
  • The Patriarch: Bruce's dad, Lee Hoi-Chuen
  • Training Montage: leading up to the boxing match
  • True Companions: Bruce and his bunch of friends have been this way since childhood...until adulthood.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: The first girl who's liked Bruce for years.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The film is a dramatized retelling of Bruce Lee's early life.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Dealt to Bruce since he was just too much of a troublemaker.

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