6 January 2017 | MovieBuffMarine
Weird Take (i.e. Highly Fictionalized) on the Martial Arts Icon
This was Bruce Li's first outing as the martial arts legend Bruce Lee. While it does follow Lee from Hong Kong to America and back again you see that each segment of his life is highly exaggerated with no effort to try to tie in to his real life.
His alleged affair with Betty Ting Pei is also featured briefly.
While the chronology of his life seems followed, it feels as though the producers weren't trying to tell Bruce Lee's story. This film in my opinion was really made to cash in on the late star. Other biopics on Bruce Lee, while artistic license is taken (always), at least they tried to keep it in the spirit of who he was.
Caryn White is lovely as Linda Lee, but her character is merely a FAR background role with very few lines.
Was this a serious film? It tries to be. Were they trying to tell the story of Bruce Lee? It doesn't seem like it as the fights were exaggerated and the events in his life are not really represented well.
If you want a good Bruce Lee biopic from the "Bruceploitation" era, see Bruce Li's follow on in the title role in "Bruce Lee: the Man, the Myth." Artistic license again is taken there as well, but at least that time around, they are trying to tell Mr. Lee's story. "He's a Legend, He's a Hero" is not recommended for the Bruce Lee historian buff.