“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Saturday, March 29, 2014
The Clones of Bruce Lee (1981)
How bad is it? All martial arts films look the same to me; experts tell me this sucks.
Should you see it? Yes (said with mouth moving enough for five words).
When Bruce lee died, there was a rush to fill the void and someone decided to bring all the contenders together for one Bruceploitationpalooza. Bruce Le, Dragon Lee, and Bruce Lai are the clones - none of them looking like Bruce Lee, and usually wearing dark glasses to hide the fact - made by saved brain tissue by a mad doctor. They then go on to fight evil. And hang out at the beach with topless women, with everyone wondering what to do. The bad guys keep eating poisonous plants. The three stars have very different fighting styles and apparently some of the fight scenes are the only times these particular martial experts were filmed together. All in all, it just seems silly and one wonders how serious they were when they made it.