Bruce Lee: A Life
The untimely death of Kung Fu star Bruce Lee shocked not only Hong Kong, but the world. His popularity was in prime in his home country, but had only just begun in Hollywood. His star seemed almost preordained as his father was a performer and Bruce’s first role was a baby. Lee was from a mixed background, both ethnic and financially. He was a rebellious and troubled child, destined for a jail cell, until he discovered the art and discipline of Kung Fu. His study would lead to his decision to leave Hong Kong for America to seek out an education. In America, his yearning to further his work in Kung Fu would lead to work in Television and Film. He would start a family, but Bruce envisioned a bright future. His work in Hollywood would serve as a first course towards more work back in his homeland. His desire to showcase his abilities would lead to a bidding war between rival producers in Hong Kong. His future would be set, but unfortunately one that would be short lived.
Matthew Polly had a tough road in re-examining a legend. The life and death of Bruce Lee are surrounded by myth and rumor. Polly has plumbed the depths of Lee’s work and world to narrate a superb biography of a martial arts and acting legend. Exemplary story telling.
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