On the 70th anniversary of the birth of Bruce Lee, the film world pays tribute to the legendary martial arts superstar with a biographical film based on the memoir of his younger brother Robert Lee. Unlike most other biopics about him, Bruce Lee, My Brother
takes viewers back to his formative years. Robert Lee himself produced and participated in the creation of the script, which endeavors to make known the true stories of his world-famous sibling when they grew up together in Hong Kong. Produced by Manfred Wong (The Storm Riders
) who also co-directed with Raymond Yip (Anna in Kungfu-Land
), the action drama found its title character in Aarif Lee, who won the Hong Kong Film Awards Best New Performer trophy with his scene-stealing debut in the hit period drama Echoes of the Rainbow
. Aarif's casting is deemed pitch-perfect not only for his physical resemblance to the martial arts icon but also his similar temperament and self-confidence. Besides, he specifically underwent training in kung fu and dancing in preparation for the role of a lifetime. Surrounding the promising young star is a superb cast that includes Tony Leung Ka Fai, Christy Chung, and Jennifer Tse (Nicholas Tse's sister) in her film debut, as well as a number of star cameos.
Bruce Lee, My Brother provides a rounded portrayal of the man behind the myth with detailed and authentic tales from his childhood and adolescence, complete with lots of interesting anecdotes never revealed before. Born in San Francisco on November 27, 1940, Bruce Lee was still a baby when his father, Cantonese opera artist Lee Hoi Chuen (Tony Leung), brought his wife Grace Ho (Christy Chung) and the children back to Hong Kong to stay close to his mother (Lee Heung Kam) and sister (Michelle Ye) on the eve of the outbreak of WWII. Bruce the little brat starred in his first film, Fung Fung's (Cheung Tat Ming) The Kid at the tender age of nine, and his cinematic connection later led him to his first taste of romance with Man Yee (Jennifer Tse) and Man Lan (Gong Mi), daughters of movie stars Tso Tat Wah (Eddie Cheung) and Leung Sing Por, respectively. But Bruce's real passion was always in martial arts, and the teenager took to the Wing Chun kung fu under the tutelage of Master Ip Man. Together with buddies Little Unicorn (MC Jin), Ngun (Hanjin Tan), and Kwong (Zhang Yishan), the hot-blooded young punk enjoyed picking fights with people, and that eventually sent him into the crosshairs of both the triad and the police...
The Hong Kong Version Blu-ray comes with special features including trailer and making-of.