Bruce Lee with his mother and siblings in Hong Kong in the 1950s. “People in Hong Kong maybe didn’t understand how much Bruce felt like an outsider when he was in America,” says Bao Nguyen, director of documentary Be Water. Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images Bruce Lee with his mother and siblings in Hong Kong in the 1950s. “People in Hong Kong maybe didn’t understand how much Bruce felt like an outsider when he was in America,” says Bao Nguyen, director of documentary Be Water. Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images
Bruce Lee with his mother and siblings in Hong Kong in the 1950s. “People in Hong Kong maybe didn’t understand how much Bruce felt like an outsider when he was in America,” says Bao Nguyen, director of documentary Be Water. Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images

A whole picture of Bruce Lee the person: documentary Be Water’s director on martial arts superstar’s vulnerable side and his outsider status in US

  • Premiered at Sundance Film Festival, Vietnamese-American filmmaker Bao Nguyen’s personal take on Bruce Lee shows how he struggled early on in America
  • Its includes rare interview with Lee’s widow Linda Lee Cadwell and with daughter Shannon Lee, and archival footage that keeps viewers in the moment

Topic |   Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee with his mother and siblings in Hong Kong in the 1950s. “People in Hong Kong maybe didn’t understand how much Bruce felt like an outsider when he was in America,” says Bao Nguyen, director of documentary Be Water. Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images Bruce Lee with his mother and siblings in Hong Kong in the 1950s. “People in Hong Kong maybe didn’t understand how much Bruce felt like an outsider when he was in America,” says Bao Nguyen, director of documentary Be Water. Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images
Bruce Lee with his mother and siblings in Hong Kong in the 1950s. “People in Hong Kong maybe didn’t understand how much Bruce felt like an outsider when he was in America,” says Bao Nguyen, director of documentary Be Water. Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images
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