General Information

Glossary: B
Released Year: 2017
Runtime: 103 minutes
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Directors: George Nolfi
Casts: Yee Jee Tso, Ron Yuan, Terry Chen, Wu Yue, Xia Yu, Darren E. Scott, Vanessa Ross, Billy Magnussen, Philip Ng, King Lau, Teresa Navarro, Christina July Kim, Lillian Lim
IMDB: Birth of the Dragon (2017)

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User Rating:
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IMDB Rating: 5.4


TheWrap - Robert Abele
As alternatingly silly and serious as its mix of wisdom and wallops, and even with that blond bro gumming up the works, “Birth” is nevertheless zippy, B-movie entertainment.
IGN - Unnamed
Birth of the Dragon is not the Bruce Lee biopic you’ve been waiting for, as strong performances and martial arts action by Philip Ng and Xia Yu are wasted on a movie that had too little faith in the real story.
San Francisco Chronicle - G. Allen Johnson
The problem with Birth of the Dragon, George Nolfi’s largely fictionalized account of a 1964 fight between an Oakland martial arts instructor named Bruce Lee and San Francisco instructor Wong Jack Man is that the third-most important character in the film.
The New York Times - Glenn Kenny
Birth of the Dragon is ambitious: it wants to be a character study, an explication of martial arts philosophy and an action picture.... But the film never really gets fully juiced until the climax.
Los Angeles Times - Noel Murray
It’s unusual to see a film like this make its nominal hero into a jerk, who learns something essential from his nemesis. True or not, the complex characterization does make for a better story.

Birth of the Dragon (2017)

Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown, this cross-cultural biopic chronicles Bruce Lee’s emergence as a martial-arts superstar after his legendary secret showdown with fellow martial artist Wong Jack Man.