Bruce Lee, My Brother (DVD)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2
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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...
|Product Title:||Bruce Lee, My Brother (DVD)(Japan Version) 李小龍 (DVD) (日本版) 李小龙 (DVD) (日本版) 李小龍(ブルース・リー) マイブラザー Bruce Lee, My Brother (DVD)(Japan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Tony Leung Ka Fai | Jennifer Tse | Aarif Rahman 梁 家輝 | 謝婷婷 | 李 治廷 梁 家辉 | 谢婷婷 | 李 治廷 梁家輝 （レオン・カーファイ） | ジェニファー・ツェー | 李治廷（アーリフ・リー） | マンフレッド・ウォン | レイモンド・イップ | チャン・クワン・イン Tony Leung Ka Fai | Jennifer Tse | Aarif Rahman|
|Publisher Product Code:||BCBF-4565|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1033931329|
アーリフ・リー / レオン・カーフェイ / ジェニファー・ツェー / レイモンド・イップ (監督) / マンフレッド・ウォン (監督、脚本) / チャン・クワン・イン (音楽)
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Professional Review of "Bruce Lee, My Brother (DVD)(Japan Version)"
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