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Bruce Lee My Brother (2010) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Christy Chung (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor)
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On the 70th anniversary of the birth of Bruce Lee, the film world pays tribute to the legendary martial arts superstar with a biographical film based on the memoir of his younger brother Robert Lee. Unlike most other biopics about him, Bruce Lee, My Brother takes viewers back to his formative years. Robert Lee himself produced and participated in the creation of the script, which endeavors to make known the true stories of his world-famous sibling when they grew up together in Hong Kong. Produced by Manfred Wong (The Storm Riders) who also co-directed with Raymond Yip (Anna in Kungfu-Land), the action drama found its title character in Aarif Lee, who won the Hong Kong Film Awards Best New Performer trophy with his scene-stealing debut in the hit period drama Echoes of the Rainbow. Aarif's casting is deemed pitch-perfect not only for his physical resemblance to the martial arts icon but also his similar temperament and self-confidence. Besides, he specifically underwent training in kung fu and dancing in preparation for the role of a lifetime. Surrounding the promising young star is a superb cast that includes Tony Leung Ka Fai, Christy Chung, and Jennifer Tse (Nicholas Tse's sister) in her film debut, as well as a number of star cameos.

Bruce Lee, My Brother provides a rounded portrayal of the man behind the myth with detailed and authentic tales from his childhood and adolescence, complete with lots of interesting anecdotes never revealed before. Born in San Francisco on November 27, 1940, Bruce Lee was still a baby when his father, Cantonese opera artist Lee Hoi Chuen (Tony Leung), brought his wife Grace Ho (Christy Chung) and the children back to Hong Kong to stay close to his mother (Lee Heung Kam) and sister (Michelle Ye) on the eve of the outbreak of WWII. Bruce the little brat starred in his first film, Fung Fung's (Cheung Tat Ming) The Kid at the tender age of nine, and his cinematic connection later led him to his first taste of romance with Man Yee (Jennifer Tse) and Man Lan (Gong Mi), daughters of movie stars Tso Tat Wah (Eddie Cheung) and Leung Sing Por, respectively. But Bruce's real passion was always in martial arts, and the teenager took to the Wing Chun kung fu under the tutelage of Master Ip Man. Together with buddies Little Unicorn (MC Jin), Ngun (Hanjin Tan), and Kwong (Zhang Yishan), the hot-blooded young punk enjoyed picking fights with people, and that eventually sent him into the crosshairs of both the triad and the police...

The Hong Kong Version Blu-ray comes with special features including trailer and making-of.

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Product Title: Bruce Lee My Brother (2010) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 李小龍 (2010) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 李小龙 (2010) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 李小龍 (Blu-ray) (香港版) Bruce Lee My Brother (2010) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Christy Chung (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | Zhang Yi Shan | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Jennifer Tse (Actor) | Hanjin Tan (Actor) | Gong Mi (Actor) 李 治廷 (Actor) | 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 鍾麗緹 (Actor) | 葉 璇 (Actor) | 張一山 | 劉浩龍 (Actor) | 謝婷婷 (Actor) | 陳 奐仁 (Actor) | 貢 米 (Actor) 李 治廷 (Actor) | 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 锺丽缇 (Actor) | 叶璇 (Actor) | 张一山 | 刘浩龙 (Actor) | 谢婷婷 (Actor) | 陈 奂仁 (Actor) | 贡 米 (Actor) 李治廷(アーリフ・リー) (Actor) | 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 鍾麗緹 (クリスティー・チョン) (Actor) | 葉璇 (ミッシェル・イップ) (Actor) | Zhang Yi Shan | 劉浩龍(ウィルフレッド・ラウ) (Actor) | ジェニファー・ツェー (Actor) | 陳奐仁 (ハンジン・タン) (Actor) | Gong Mi (Actor) Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Christy Chung (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | Zhang Yi Shan | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Jennifer Tse (Actor) | Hanjin Tan (Actor) | Gong Mi (Actor)
Director: Man Chuen | Raymond Yip 文雋 | 葉偉民 文隽 | 叶伟民 文雋(マンフレッド・ウォン) | 葉偉民 (イップ・ワイマン) Man Chuen | Raymond Yip
Producer: Man Chuen 文雋 文隽 文雋(マンフレッド・ウォン) Man Chuen
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-01-10
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 130 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023904874

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Making Of

Producer: Man Chuen
Director: Man Chuen , Yip Wai Man

Bruce Lee, My Brother is a dramatic biopic of the eponymous martial arts legend as told by his younger brother, Robert Lee. It revolves around Bruce Lee's life as a rebellious adolescent in Hong Kong until he sets off for the USA and conquers the world at the age of 18 with only US$100 in his pocket. His father, a popular Cantonese opera singer who used to tour around the world with his family, Bruce lee is born in San Francisco in 1940 during their US stop. The Lee family move back to Hong Kong just months before the Japanese invasion in China and goes through the horrid 3 years and 8 months of Japanese occupation in Hong Kong.
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Professional Review of "Bruce Lee My Brother (2010) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

February 16, 2011

This professional review refers to Bruce Lee My Brother (2010) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Produced to coincide with the 70th anniversary of his birth, Bruce Lee, My Brother is a part-fictionalised biopic of the legendary star, based upon the memoirs of his younger brother Robert Lee, who was himself involved with the writing of the script. The film was directed by Manfred Wong (The Storm Riders) and Raymond Yip (Anna in Kung Fu Land), and endeavours to tell the story of Lee's generally less well known early years. Charged with doing justice to the weighty role of one of the most popular and internationally recognisable stars of all time is Aarif Lee, who recently impressed with his award winning turn in Echoes of the Rainbow with a supporting cast that includes Tony Leung Ka Fai, Christy Chung, and Jennifer Tse.

Beginning from the very beginning with his birth in San Francisco in 1940, the film follows Bruce Lee, or Phoenix (Aarif Lee) as he was then nicknamed, as he grows up in Hong Kong after his Cantonese opera performer father Lee Hoi Chuen (Tony Leung) decides to move his family back home. As well as his acting career, which kicked off at the age of just nine with The Kid, the film charts his wild teenage times with pals Little Unicorn (MC Jin), Ngun (Hanjin Tan), and Kwong (Zhang Yishan), as they enter dance contests and chase girls, including the lovely Man Yee (Jennifer Tse) and Man Lan (Gong Mi). Although good hearted, Lee gets into his fair share of troubles with both the police and the Triads, often landing his friends and family in hot water.

To get the most obvious point out of the way first, anyone expecting all out action, or a film anything much like any of Lee's own works, may well be disappointed with Bruce Lee, My Brother. Certainly, the film is first and foremost a biopic, and one which follows the legendary star's early years, focusing more on his relationships with friends and his gradual progress in his cinematic career rather than his training as a martial artist. This does give it something different to say, with Lee's fascinating formative period being less familiar with casual viewers, and the film is (thankfully) a very different affair to the Hollywood effort Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story. In this regard, the film again may not be what was expected, with more scenes of domestic drama, dancing and girl problems than fighting of any sort. However, this works very well, and the film is engaging throughout, not only for fans of Lee, but as a historical outing in general, and should also grab the attention of anyone interested in the Hong Kong film industry. Although, as can be guessed from the title and the involvement of Robert Lee, the film isn't particularly critical or even handed (it does openly admit from the start to being somewhat fictionalised), it does make an effort to show some of the great man's character flaws and youthful impetuousness, and goes some way to show how several bad decisions came to shape his future character and philosophy.

The film's cast gives it a huge boost, with Aarif Lee managing to successfully pull off the inevitable task of portraying the legendary star, balancing his cockiness with an understated sense of depth in convincing fashion. Though in part his believability in the role is also down to his resemblance to Lee, his performance anchors the film and adds an all important charisma to its central role. The supporting cast are generally good, with Tony Leung Ka Fai on excellent form as his opium smoking, tough but fair father, whose personality plays a big part in the film and indeed in understanding Lee's development.

There are a few flashes of action here and there, and Wong and Yip's direction is pleasingly energetic, giving the film a fun and upbeat feel. Most of this comes in the form of Lee running from trouble rather than actually getting to show off his skills, with his encounters with Ip Man not featuring until the last act. Though the fight scenes are well handled and reasonably exciting, oddly enough they have the feel of having been added in or exaggerated in terms of importance in order to please the audience. Lee's bouts with a cocky Western boxer are a prime example of this, as though by no means superfluous, they are a little too similar to sequences in countless other similarly themed films of late, including Ip Man and True Legend to name but two. The Japanese invasion theme, although true to life, are similarly a touch tired.

Such criticisms are pretty much par for the course when it comes to modern Chinese blockbusters, and they never really derail Bruce Lee, My Brother or undermine its effectiveness. Although its accuracy may be questionable in places, it still presents an entertaining portrait of the young man who would grow to be the biggest martial arts star of all time, and is solid enough to appeal even to non fans as a well told historical biopic.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Stressing the drama over the action
Worshipped by many for his almost superhuman abilities and the philosophy he embodies, Bruce Lee is in some sense a god of our times, comparable to the historical figures immortalized in Chinese culture for their magnificent exploits - both factual and fictional. Most people know more or less about Bruce Lee's achievements as a martial arts practitioner and international film star, but his pre-fame days are largely uncharted territory. The film Bruce Lee, My Brother, based on Robert Lee's memoir of the same title, fills the void with a comprehensive account of Bruce Lee's childhood and adolescence, albeit with a certain degree of dramatic license.


Contrary to what many might expect from a film about "the god of Chinese kung fu", chopsocky action is but a minor part of what it offers. The filmmakers went for an intimate biographical drama instead of a full-on action extravaganza, and it actually works to the film's advantage that way. Portraying the young Bruce Lee in his different roles (a son, a sibling, a friend, a lover, an actor, a dancer, a budding martial artist, etc.), and working in loads of interesting anecdotes and references to Bruce Lee's films (such as Fist of Fury and The Way of the Dragon), this tribute picture has got so much meaty material, it feels rushed in some of the plot and character developments even at a running time of near 130 minutes.


Dealing with the backstory of the legend, Bruce Lee, My Brother is obliged to show how his early experiences shaped the person he would become, and how he got to be such a badass martial artist is arguably the most important aspect. The film intriguingly plays down Bruce's apprenticeship with Wing Chun master Ip Man, possibly on purpose given the recent Ip Man fever in Chinese Cinema. With Chin Kar Lok as the action choreographer (and a cameo as Bruce's future screen nemesis Shek Kin), the film has its fair share of fights, including a couple of scenes where young Bruce goes mano-a-mano with an arrogant British boxer. The filmmakers show a restrained use of violence, though. They deserve praise for daring to have Bruce fleeing from the gangsters in the climactic sequence - rather than going berserk and giving the bad guys a sound beating - which not only takes nothing away from our brave hero but also adds to the film's credibility.


The nostalgic drama brilliantly depicts life in 1950s Hong Kong with awesome production design. It's clear that a great deal of attention was put in recreating the fifties Hong Kong movie studio scene, which involves some amusing appearances of that era's biggest celebrities. The film's inspired casting choices make for another major merit, especially for putting Aarif Lee into the teenage Bruce Lee's enormous shoes. Although the handsome rising star's features and physique hardly resemble those of Bruce Lee, he admirably pulls off the role with his charming and appropriately cocky manners and enthusiasm. Besides, many of the supporting roles, including the parents played by Tony Leung Ka Fai and Christy Chung, and the buddies by MC Jin and Hanjin Tan, are pretty enjoyable, too.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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January 31, 2011

good drama Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This was an interesting movie. I guess the story is all true. I found it interesting to watch bruce lee early years play out on screen. Anyone expecting an action movie may be dissapointed though as its mostly drama. Good sound and picture quality throughout on this blu ray disc.
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