Enter the Clones of Bruce

Enter the Clones of Bruce dives into the Bruce Lee exploitation craze, otherwise known as Bruceploitation.


July 20, 2024

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When Bruce Lee died in 1974, at the peak of his superstardom, he had completed only four feature films. But within hours of his funeral, Hong Kong movie studios began to produce hundreds of unauthorised biopics, sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and rip-offs starring a competing series of Lee lookalikes. Over the next decade, fuelled by both deception and demand, Bruceploitation would become a staple of global cinema. Director David Gregory—who’d previously explored film’s transgressive edges in his award-winning documentaries Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau and Flesh & Blood: The Reel Life and Ghastly Death of Al Adamson—now examines this uniquely 70s phenomenon through interviews with Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Bruce Liang, and Dragon Lee, and a host of other martial arts legends that for the first time reveal the history, controversy, and legacy behind one of the most bizarre and successful genres in movie history.

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