"Heroes come and go, but legends are forever."
Bruce Lee, the most influential star of last century. The first image that flash our mind when we hear the name Bruce Lee is a virile, sculpted physique fighting shirtless with his fist and feet twirling in the air. Today being his Birthday let's look back at him. Bruce Jun Fan Lee was born on 27th of November in the year 1940 which is considered to be the year of Dragon and the powerful symbol in the Chinese astrology. Jun Fan in Bruce's name means "to arouse and to make the fence of garden prosperous." He was born as a fourth child to his parents Robert Lee Hoi Chuen and Grace Ho. As a teenager, Lee was involved in lots of street fights. So, his parents decided that he should be trained in Kung Fu. At the age of 16 he learned Wing Chun. Bruce Lee was also a fabulous Cha Cha dancer. He assiduously learned the Cha Cha and won the 1958 Hong Kong Cha Cha Championship.
In 1959 (Lee was 18 years old), he returned to America to continue his high school. There he started teaching martial art and opened his first school of martial arts named Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu. In 1961, he joined the University of Washington to do his major in Philosophy where he met his partner in life, Linda. They were married in 1964 and later had two children, Brandon Lee, and Shannon Lee. From 1966-1967, Bruce Lee did the role of Kato in the TV series "The.Green Hornet" His debut movie 'The Big Boss' was released in 1971. He changed the definition of the fight sequence in film forever. He possessed the traits of self-discipline and hard work. He performed karate move with dead accuracy. Bruce Lee's amplification towards training was to his benefit or destruction? On July 20, 1973, the world lost this star. His personality and philosophy make him so unique and this what epitomized in his physique and arts. Even after death he remains as awesome inspiration and hope for all. To honor his legacy, his fans have erected a 2.5m statue of him in Hong Kong. Here are some of Bruce Lee's work of outstanding artistry.
1. The Big Boss (1971)
The Big Boss was Bruce Lee's, debut movie as a lead actor that was directed by Lo Wei. The movie is all about a young Chinese man named Cheng Chao-an (Bruce Lee) who unveils the mystery behind an ice factory where Cheng Chao-an (Bruce Lee) and his cousins work. The story was filled with suspense and action. This movie was considered as the weakest of all Bruce Lee's movie as it isn't a martial art extravaganza movie. But it made the biggest breakthrough in Bruce Lee's career.
2. Fist Of Fury (1972)
Fist of Fury is unquestionably Bruce Lee's most potent and powerful accomplishment. This movie is about the story of a Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee), a martial art student who seeks vengeance of his teacher. Fist of Fury means a technique Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) uses to attack his opponents. Fist of Fury has made Bruce Lee the icon of all ages bringing in his electrifying martial arts action and incomparable charisma. As a tribute to Bruce Lee, some sequels of Fist of Fury like The Return of Chen Zhen, The New Fist of Fury has been taken.
3. The Way Of The Dragon (1972):
The way of the Dragon was directed and produced by Bruce Lee. It's an action comedy film, and he plays the character Tang Lung, who helps his uncle against local gangster who tries to take over his uncle's restaurant in Rome. This movie unveils Bruce Lee's proficiency both as a comedian and as a filmmaker.
4. Enter The Dragon (1973):
Enter the Dragon is the best of all Bruce Lee's movie. Regrettably Bruce Lee wasn't there to see its success. Bruce Lee plays Lee, a Shaolin martial artist who cracks the secrecy behind a mysterious island under the control of a crime boss. Enter the dragon is considered as the best martial arts movies ever made.
5. Game Of Death (1978):
Game of Death was released in 1978, five years after Bruce Lee's death. It was the famous unfinished film in history. Bruce Lee was directing this movie in 1972, during his filming he got the offer to star in Enter the Dragon. Bruce Lee planned to resume the filming of Game of Death after the release of Enter the Dragon. But neither for the release nor for resuming the filming, Bruce Lee wasn't there. Later in 1978 director Robert Clouse used the footage shot before Bruce Lee's death and added a new plot to it and released it.