Bruce Lee was a Chinese American martial arts expert and movie star best known for films including Enter The Dragon and Game Of Death. Born on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, he was the son of Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-Chuen. Lee returned to Hong Kong at three months old and was raised in Kowloon, where as a child he appeared in several films. In his late teens he moved to the United States where he began teaching martial arts, eventually moving into films. Lee is widely credited with changing the perceptions of Asians in Hollywood movies, as well as founding the martial art of Jeet Kune Do. Lee died in Kowloon Tong on July 20, 1973 aged 32 from acute cerebral edema.
New take on kung fu king
Wong Kar-wai is diving into kung fu. While he may not be picking up any martial arts moves himself, the iconic Hong Kong director is looking to make a movie about the story of Ip Man, the real life kung fu master of Bruce Lee.
Ip was a grandmaster of the Wing Tsun school, and besides teaching Lee, helped popularise the style around the world. And of course Wong has chosen favourite leading man Tony Leung Chiu-wai (he played the lead roles in In the Mood for Love and 2046) for the part of Ip.
The film will also depict a young Bruce Lee since he trained with the grandmaster in Hong Kong for a few years during the 1950s before creating his own style, Jeet Kune Do.
According to Screen International, shooting for The Grandmaster is due to begin early next year. By the way, Wong's long-awaited 2046 will be released in early October.