The Many Faces Of Bruce Lee

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On the 27th of November 1940, Bruce Lee was born. Which means that today, he would have become 75 years old, had he not died from cerebral edema at the young age of 32.

His extremely untimely death at the peak of his fame will no doubt have helped making him the legend he is, but there is also no doubt about the man's very real charisma and very real skills.

The debate is still ongoing about how good he really was at martial arts, and if his true prowess is even noticeable for laymen like me. Probably not, but I can see speed. There is one part in Enter The Dragon, in which Lee's character pulverizes his evil opponent Oharra just by being a LOT quicker than him. It's an outdoors scene in bright daylight, and there are trees, branches and flags in the background, all swaying in the wind as Lee has his fight. If you look at those, not ONCE do you spot any signs of speed-up, and as this was shot decades before any sort of digital post-production clean-up, the only conclusion is that the man was really ludicrously fast.

Some of the recent quizzes have grown huge, but with Bruce Lee we never got the luxury of seeing him develop a big resumee. A crying shame.

So once again I'm going to use (only) eight pictures of one of my favourite thespians to make a quiz. Click through the images, and guess which movies they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDb!

And I'll post the answers next Thursday, or earlier if someone gets all of them right. But who am I kidding? I'm predicting this fight will be over in seconds...


James Marsh and Loïc Valceschini contributed to this story.

And here he is in a publicity photograph from the early 1970s.

This picture doesn't count yet for the quiz, but all others do, so please browse through the gallery: click on the edge of the picture to get the next one, and see how many of them all you can identify!

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ManateeAdvocateNovember 27, 2015 11:15 AM

Pics 2 & 3 are flippin' awesome. Great screen grabs.

#5 Enter the Dragon

Pic 8 looks photoshopped. Curious to find out what that's from.

JFL1November 27, 2015 1:17 PM

#1 Fist of Fury
#2 The orphan
#3 We Owe It to Our Children
#4 The Big Boss
#5 Enter the Dragon
#6 The Kid
#7 Way of the Dragon
#8 Game of Death

Ard VijnNovember 27, 2015 4:56 PM

You have number 5 correct! And the story behind pic number 8 is awesomely ridiculous. Photoshopped indeed...

Ard VijnNovember 27, 2015 5:01 PM

All correct!
Had to look up if THE MORE, THE MERRIER and WE OWE IT TO OUR CHILDREN were the same film, but they are, or rather, it is.

Ard VijnNovember 27, 2015 5:07 PM

Ok, now that number 8 has been revealed to be GAME OF DEATH, here is the story of why that particular shot looks photoshopped.

Bruce Lee only had 100 minutes of footage shot from his GAME OF DEATH by the time he died. That means 100 minutes including re-takes, outtakes... everything. When GAME OF DEATH appeared in cinemas, four years after Lee's funeral, only 11 minutes of this footage was actually in it. The remainder was stock footage from other films, filler with doubles, a big chunk starring Yean Biao instead of Bruce Lee... it's all a big mess. In the film, Bruce's character fakes his own death and funeral, allowing for stock footage of Lee's REAL funeral as well. Ugh...

But one of the filler shots is pretty damn funny though (and thankfully not funeral-related): it was filmed in front of a mirror, with a photograph of Bruce Lee glued on that mirror to replace the double's face. And that is what this screenshot has been taken from!

sredd@rocketmail.comNovember 28, 2015 8:16 AM

Ugh, that Game of Death pic, please don't promote that atrocity. How in the hell did Robert Clouse and Raymond Chow agree to this thing?

Ismael MartinezNovember 28, 2015 10:39 AM

1rst Return of the Dragon

2nd The Chinese Connection

3rd The Orphan

4th Father's Fault/Blame it on Father

5th Fists of Fury

6th Enter the Dragon

7th My Son, Ah Chung/The Kid

8th Return of the Dragon

9th Game of Death

Ard VijnDecember 1, 2015 7:24 PM

I noticed lots of new readers coming to this page. And as I acknowledge the fact that not everyone will want to read the whole thread in chronological order, I'll hereby state that all films have already been identified.

So as usual, here are all of the titles and the people who got them first:

1: FIST OF FURY (JFL1)
2: THE ORPHAN (JFL1)
3: WE OWE IT TO OUR CHILDREN / THE MORE, THE MERRIER (JFL1)
4: THE BIG BOSS (JFL1)
5: ENTER THE DRAGON (ManateeAdvocate)
6: THE KID (JFL1)
7: WAY OF THE DRAGON (JFL1)
8: GAME OF DEATH (JFL1)