Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 31st, 2004
Theatrical Release Dates: Hong Kong, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984
Directors: Joseph Kong, To Lo Po, Wah Chan, Chang Chee
Cast: Dragon Lee, Bruce Lai, Bruce Le, Bolo Yeung, Jon Benn
DVD Released: July 22nd, 2003
Approximate Running Time: 310 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4.3 Pan & Scan
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Video Asia/Ventura
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.99
Clones of Bruce Lee: After the death of Bruce Lee, BSI comes up with a Plan to salvage the situation and keep name Bruce Lee alive. Assisted by Professor Lucas (John T. Benn), DNA from Bruce Lee’s body is used to make three clones. Fully grown three adult sizes Bruce Lee clones undergo extensive training to bring their skills up to the level of their father. Their Skills are tested by taking on evil criminals and which lead Clone # (Dragon Lee) on to boat where he ends up taking on a gold smuggler. The other two Lee clones (Bruce Lai and Bruce Le) are forced to battle each other when Professor Lucas decides that there can only be one Bruce Lee and the last one left standing will be the ultimate Bruce Lee.
As absurd as the premise of cloning Bruce Lee might sound this movie actually ending up being a lot of fun. Dragon Lee’s fighting skills was the best of the Bruce clones and all three Bruce’s end up kicking a lot of ass before the finale. There really can only be one Bruce Lee and this movie proves this in spades. An enjoyable moment when they are training as music from Rocky plays in the background. Bolo Yeung makes an appearance as he takes on the Bruce’s to sharpen their Kung Fu.
Bruce Lee’s Deadly Kung Fu: Bob (Bruce Li) and his roommate Tsang Ming-cheong are fired after getting into a scuffle with some local hoods. They find it impossible to find work as the thugs follow them around and they threaten to harm anyone who hires Bob and Tsang. They finally find work at a warehouse and the thugs show up kicking everyone’s ass while Bob and Tsang stay out of it thus being branded cowards by the other workers. The next time the bad guys show up Bob uses his deadly Kung Fu and now everyone wants him to teach them his masterful technique so he opens his own martial arts school. The rest of the film is a series of showdown’s to see whose technique is superior.
Bruce Lee’s Deadly Kung Fu borrows most of its plot from Bruce Lee’s life. Lee had once lived in San Francisco and he would find it difficult trying to open martial arts schools. Bruce Li would make a career playing his fallen idol Bruce Lee, still his skills though better then most of Lee’s clones at best Li was sub par. Hwang Jang-lee and Carter Wong add spice to the mix as their fight scenes are the most memorable moments in the film.
Bruce Lee’s Fist of Vengeance: Jack Lee owns the only copy in existence of Bruce Lee’s book on finger techniques and Miguel is one evil son of bitch who will stop at nothing until he has this holy tome in his hands. Jack let’s his buddy Bruce Le borrow the legendary book and it isn’t long before Miguel’s posse catch up with Le and try to take the book from him. Le disposes of the thugs without even breaking a sweat so Miguel steps things up by stealing Le’s woman.
Bruce Le looks like he studied the master Bruce Lee long enough to a few of his facial expressions. Too bad he didn’t take time to learn any usable martial arts. The plot is non-existent and the fight scenes are horrible. Bruce’s Fists of Vengeance lacks the campy feel that The Clones of Bruce Lee had and in the end what the viewer is left with is one of the worst Kung Fu movies ever.
Big Boss 2: Lee Han-sun (Dragon Lee) is forced to go into hiding from the Japanese occupiers led by Tan (Bolo Leung) who sports a Hitler like moustache. They want information from Lee has about the Chinese resistance and Lee is wounded while on the run so he hides at his uncle’s place. Most of the movie is a cat and mouse chase with a love story throw in for good measure.
This movie just falls flat nothing really happens during the films 90 minute duration. Dragon Lee lacks the Charisma and martial arts skill that Bruce Lee possessed; still he tries his best by over exaggerating his facial expressions and body postures. If there is anything appealing in this mediocre film it would be the ever charming Bolo Yeung who always provides comic relief even if unintentional. Even though this film is called Big Boss 2 is has absolutely knowing to do with Bruce Lee’s Big Boss it is a sequel in name only.
All four movies are presented in a full frame aspect ratio and some info at times is lost. These Transfers has seen better days with marks, scratches and specks throughout. These films were most likely taken from VHS source and for the most part they are watch able with Big Boss 2 being in the worst shape of the four movies.
Nothing spectacular here presented in Dolby 2.0 Stereo in English (Dubbed) and there is hiss and distortion throughout, still the audio track gets the job done.
There are bonus features on this DVD set, but you do get four films on one double sided (each side is single layer).
Clones of Bruce Lee may never achieve the quality of the real Bruce Lee’s films; still it is an enjoyable film that has a campy aspect to it. While the other three films Bruce Lee’s Deadly Kung Fu, Bruce’s Fist of Vengeance and Big Boss 2 lack the humor that can be found in Clones of Bruce Lee. I recommend you at least should rent just to check out the Clones of Bruce Lee, but if you can’t find it at your local video store it only costs $14.99 for 4 movies then buy it you won’t be disappointed.