Born in San Francisco in 1940, Bruce Lee’s pride in being a Chinese-American made him a cultural icon in Asia and North America.
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Kung Fu Mania Kicks Off
Enter the Dragon opens in movie theaters
The violent yet elegant Chinese martial art broadly known as kung fu reached a huge new audience with the release of this film. Bruce Lee, its star and an acclaimed master of several martial arts, shot to international prominence.
Lee’s movie character uses his physical strength and philosophical gifts to dispatch a bad guy named Han, who dwells on a private island. Spectacular fight sequences show Lee dispatching Han and his henchmen with everything from roundhouse kicks to scary claw-like weapons. The action was a bit too rough at times, in fact; several actors were hospitalized during filming.
Though Lee died shortly before the premiere, Enter the Dragon kick-started the kung fu film genre popular to this day.