For me, Curse of the Dragon is one of the better documentaries out there. As soon as it starts you'll recognise the narrator. It's none other than George 'Warp speed Mr Sulu' Takei. Unlike other documentaries this one starts with footage of Bruce's two funerals with most footage from his second funeral in Seattle. It's shows James Coburn paying his respects along with Steve McQueen and other famous Jeet Kune Do students. For the next 10 minutes we are treated to a few interviews fading into each other. People interviewed include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Coburn, Chuck Norris and Paul Heller.
For the next half hour it's the usual documentary layout with Bruce arriving in America and the development of Jeet Kune Do. Curse of the Dragon however packs this section full of info, stills, early video clips and tons of interviews unlike some documentaries which only skim the surface when it comes to Bruce's early days. Interviews here include Robert Lee, Leroy Garcia, Jesse Glover, George Tan and Dan Inosanto.
Next is Bruce's fame with lengthy clips from all his films. The best of these is the Way of the Dragon clip which shows an uncut nunchaku sequence. Beware, some video versions are known to be cut in the UK with all Nunchaku references removed. I can't be 100% on this because the version I saw was broadcast on Sky TV. Sky are well known for showing uncut versions of films censored by the BBFC. This section of the documentary also includes the first disappointing element, namely Albert Goldman, author of 'Deadliest Man on the Planet.' The jumped up little tick turd hasn't got anything good to say about Bruce. He tries to give us the impression that Bruce was a mean bully.
After getting over the shock of this crusty little nipples comments I started to calm down but suddenly on came a still of Game of Death with George Takei describing the 1978 version plot over the top of it. I nearly swallowed my tongue in disbelief. I was just about pound the TV with a stale baguette from the bin when Dan Inosanto came on to give the real plot outline. That was a close one. I thought this great documentary had suddenly become peacock vomit. Thank you Dan.
Then comes the Enter the Dragon section with a nice selection of clips and interviews but unfortunately the behind the scenes stuff is all old with nothing new to see. The interviews more than make up for this though. This section also contains interviews where people tell of their reactions to Bruce's death.
The final few minutes include an interview with Brandon Lee and a small mention of his death and a possible family curse. It then shows a clip of Linda Lee at the unveiling of Bruce Lee on the Hollywood walk of fame. Jean Claude Van Damme makes an appearance and starts talking to the sky before the picture freezes, probably to prevent us from seeing the doctors grab him and drag his ass back to rehab.
To conclude, this documentary is a real joy to watch, providing that you fast forward Albert Goldman that is. It ranks right along side Legend for repeated viewing. If you don't yet own it, find a mirror, shout at yourself very loudly and then go and buy it.
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