The embodiment of fierceness, Shannon Emery Lee has never shied away from protecting her father Bruce Lee’s legacy – even when she’s up against outspoken filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. When the director went on the Joe Rogan podcast recently and once again aired his opinion that Bruce “had nothing but disrespect for stuntmen”, Shannon wrote a strongly worded rebuttal in The Hollywood Reporter . Does Bruce Lee’s legacy have a dark side? But there is a lot more to know about the actor than just the fact that she is a kung fu legend’s daughter. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shannon Lee (@therealshannonlee) Shannon is a classically trained singer, having completed a degree in vocal performance and music at Tulane University in New Orleans. She even has a few musical credits under her belt. How author Steve Kerridge has helped keep Bruce Lee’s memory alive Technically her acting debut was when she sang California Dreamin’ in her father’s biopic, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story in 1993. A Hong Kong film released in 2000, China Strike Force , directed by Stanley Tong, also featured a cover of I’m in the Mood for Love, sung by Lee. In 2003, the American band Medicine made a comeback with their album “The Mechanical Forces of Love” and featured her on vocals. Her singing talent shouldn’t be surprising – Shannon is following the footsteps of her grandfather (on father Bruce’s side), Lee Hoi-chuen, a famous Cantonese opera performer. Hong Kong action hero JuJu Chan on working with Nicolas Cage and Tony Jaa Nevertheless, it’s the family skill in martial arts that really runs through her veins. In an interview, she explained how, “My father used to fool around with us, having us throw punches and kicks. I was much younger, so I didn’t do it to the extent of Brandon” – referring to her older brother, who also went onto be a martial arts film star. Smashing it: style moves from kung fu master Bruce Lee But she went on to study martial arts later, although not under Bruce’s tutelage, starting with his Jeet Kune Do technique and going on to secure acting roles in various action films soon after. She’s also a published author. In October 2020, Flatiron Books published her book, Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee . The book expands on Bruce’s teachings, focusing on his iconic “be water” philosophy. (For those unsure of how water applies to kung fu, just picture how easily water adapts to wherever you put it.) She says the thing that fuelled her to learn about her father’s teachings in depth was when her brother, Brandon, died after an accident on set. Nathan Road through the years: from beach and barracks to neon-lit ‘Golden Mile’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shannon Lee (@therealshannonlee) In an interview with Variety , she said, “I was struggling a lot inwardly and [was] in a lot of pain. His words are timeless, really, and I just feel like when I read his words, I feel soothed. I feel hopeful. I feel energised. Those are all things that we will always need and, in some ways, now more than ever.” She can also now add “producer” to her list of talents as well. When Bruce was at the height of his Hollywood fame in the early 1970s, he attempted to get a television show known as The Warrior made with himself as the star. It was reportedly rejected by the studio on the basis that Hollywood wasn’t ready for an Asian lead – although it made a film a year later starring a Shaolin monk played by a white man , prompting Lee to return to Hong Kong with the show unmade. Is Johnnie To the best Hong Kong director the world has never heard of? “In late 2000,” Shannon told The Guardian in an interview, “I agreed to take over looking after my father’s legacy from my mother, and she sent his things to me in LA. There were boxes and boxes of writing. While I was going through them, I came across the treatment for The Warrior . It was this revelatory moment, ‘Wow, it really does exist!’” And the rest, as they say, is history: Shannon got together with Fast and Furious director Justin Lin and fans can now watch Warrior on HBO. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .