Bruce Lee, the Legend is the 1984 American version of the Golden Harvest tribute to the modern martial arts master. The movie is written by Russell Cawthorn and contains interviews with Gig Young, Hugh O'Brien, Chuck Norris, Betty Ting Pei, Raymond Chow, and Nora Miao. It is a rare and introspective documentary about the man once given the nickname of Little Dragon, or the Bruce Lee we know today.
The film Bruce Lee, the Legend is an overall history of the life, the man, his career, and the legacy he left before dying. As a documentary it traces more than just the highlights of Bruce Lee as a martial artist and movie star. It covers important details concerning his career on early American television, both as an actor and stuntman. Also it explains in detail the trials and pitfalls, as Bruce Lee ascended his way into the world of the Hong Kong movie underworld.
Most of the information and interviews reveal already known facts about the life of Bruce Lee. Still there are lots of insider commentary that makes Bruce Lee, the Legend something more than just a mere motion picture documentary. It stands the test of time today, because no other documentary about Bruce Lee has ever been as complete and through concerning his complicated, yet short life.
Also the film does not shirk away from details about his connections with the Eastern mob, film industry, and other unsavory details, so that the viewing audience can make their own decisions about such information. Nothing is told as pure fact, nor scoffed at as purely fictional either.
Bruce Lee, the Legend makes a daring attempt to accurately portray the life of a living legend, but keep his story human. The man is not separated from the myth, so that Bruce Lee comes across as the real person that he lived as. Bruce Lee, the Legend is among the best films about the martial arts and one of it's greatest modern masters.