Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story [DVD] [1993]

The brief but eventful life of actor and martial arts trailblazer Bruce Lee is portrayed in this drama, based on a biography written by his widow Linda Lee Caldwell. Lee is introduced to the study of martial arts as a child living in Hong Kong by his father (Ric Young); the father dreamed that a demonic armored dragon would take his son from him, and wanted young Bruce to be able to protect himself. Bruce continues his training as he grows to adulthood, and after the cocky teenaged Lee (Jason Scott Lee, no relation to Bruce) seriously injures a prominent British citizen while fighting a gang of troublemakers at a dance, he's sent to San Francisco. While working as a dishwasher, Bruce begins to study philosophy, and in time develops a personal martial arts discipline, Jeet Kune-Do, which blends Kung Fu fighting techniques with lessons gained from his philosophical research. Bruce decides to open a martial arts academy on the advice of his fiancée Linda (Lauren Holly); Linda and Bruce encounter resistance as a mixed-race couple, especially from Linda's mother Vivian (Michael Learned), and Bruce earns the enmity of traditional Chinese martial arts experts for his new style. But after a strong showing in several public tournaments, Bruce's fighting skill and charisma attracts the attention of TV producer Bill Krieger (Robert Wagner). Bruce is cast as Kato, the karate-trained sidekick on the series The Green Hornet, and while the show is short-lived in America, it's a huge success in Asia, leading to a series of films based around Bruce's remarkable fighting skills. Sadly, shortly before the release of the film that would make him a major screen star in the United States, Enter The Dragon, a mysterious brain disorder sends Lee into a coma that soon kills him. In a tragedy with eerie timing, Bruce Lee's real-life son Brandon Lee died shortly before this film was released, the result of an accidental shooting while completing the picture The Crow.
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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (51 out of 52)

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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
The brief but eventful life of actor and martial arts trailblazer Bruce Lee is portrayed in this drama, based on a biography written by his widow Linda Lee Caldwell. Lee is introduced to the study of martial arts as a child living in Hong Kong by his father (Ric Young); the father dreamed that a demonic armored dragon would take his son from him, and wanted young Bruce to be able to protect himself. Bruce continues his training as he grows to adulthood, and after the cocky teenaged Lee (Jason Scott Lee, no relation to Bruce) seriously injures a prominent British citizen while fighting a gang of troublemakers at a dance, he's sent to San Francisco. While working as a dishwasher, Bruce begins to study philosophy, and in time develops a personal martial arts discipline, Jeet Kune-Do, which blends Kung Fu fighting techniques with lessons gained from his philosophical research. Bruce decides to open a martial arts academy on the advice of his fiancée Linda (Lauren Holly); Linda and Bruce encounter resistance as a mixed-race couple, especially from Linda's mother Vivian (Michael Learned), and Bruce earns the enmity of traditional Chinese martial arts experts for his new style. But after a strong showing in several public tournaments, Bruce's fighting skill and charisma attracts the attention of TV producer Bill Krieger (Robert Wagner). Bruce is cast as Kato, the karate-trained sidekick on the series The Green Hornet, and while the show is short-lived in America, it's a huge success in Asia, leading to a series of films based around Bruce's remarkable fighting skills. Sadly, shortly before the release of the film that would make him a major screen star in the United States, Enter The Dragon, a mysterious brain disorder sends Lee into a coma that soon kills him. In a tragedy with eerie timing, Bruce Lee's real-life son Brandon Lee died shortly before this film was released, the result of an accidental shooting while completing the picture The Crow. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jason Scott Lee
    Jason Scott Lee - Bruce Lee
  • Lauren Holly
    Lauren Holly - Linda Lee
  • Robert Wagner
    Robert Wagner - Bill Krieger
  • Michael Learned
    Michael Learned - Vivian Emery
  • Nancy Kwan
    Nancy Kwan - Gussie Yang



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 52 reviews

99%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Inspiring

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    Kamahama3x
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    "Dragon" is an epic depicting the life of Bruce Lee. In my opinion, it is one of the most entertaining biopics of recent times. It follows the life of Bruce Lee from his childhood in Hong Kong to right before his death. The DVD version is particularly interesting because it comes with a few interviews that really shed light on Bruce Lee the man. This movie doesn't just focus on his martial arts, but it also shows his life as a family man, and an American. I found his struggle against racism to be the most moving point in this movie. Prior to Bruce Lee, the roles of Asians in Hollywood were restricted to laundrymen, villians, and caricatures. Through his effort and self-confidence, Bruce was able to make Asians into Hollywood heros. Suddenly Asia was cool. Jason Scott Lee does a great job of portraying Bruce Lee and it's a shame that we can't see more of him these days. You can really feel the power of his performance on the screen. If you have any interest in Bruce Lee, you have to check out this film. It's sure to inspire you to reach for your own impossible dreams.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie

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    Frostelecus
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    I saw this movie as a younger person and loved it, I wanted to show it to a friend and realized I no longer owned it in a current format (dvd/bluray) so I looked on the best buy website and of course they had it for a reasonable price, I submitted my order, and in about 2 days I came home to a brand new bluray quality copy of this movie in my mailbox, yet again best buy had what I needed, was a pleasure to work with, and got my movie to me as soon as possible. cant go wrong with that choice

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An interesting tale

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    TheSpartan117

    The most important thing about this movie, is that the Bruce Lee philosophy of martial arts is well conveyed. You get his intent and his beliefs, and you experience the basic story of what his life was like. Obviously to compress to a movie you have to rework some things. Worth watching, buying i'm not as sure, but it wouldn't hurt your collection any, and there are good fight scenes. The movie also includes how Bruce Lee was Kato in The Green Hornet tv show, a rarely known fact, which is why in Kill Bill the crazy 88 dressed as Kato in homage.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More catalog titles please!

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    PhysicalMedia4Evr
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    I love when Best Buy gets in older titles on blu ray, This is rare however for them. They have been making strides though by adding an 80s display recently with some exclusive titles. Keep it up BB, and I will keep buying. Dragon is a good film, that although is not fully truthful telling of Lee's life, it is well executed with a good cast and wonderful martial arts choreography. The transfer on blu ray is fine for me, did not notice any issues. Good price too!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not Entirely Accurate, But Entertaining!

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    kevman79

    To the best of my knowledge, there are several aspects of this movie that are historically inaccurate. However, that's to expect since this is a movie, not a documentary. Very entertaining, and with a good cast, 'Dragon' makes for an enjoyable experience, especially for those who are fans of the late, famed martial artist. Excellent dvd package here, recommended!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommend

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    TimFrazier69
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    Time to get the story of Bruce Lee from the directors view. It does stray a little but it does make a difference in the understanding of what Bruce went threw and his family. The world lost a man that was one of the all-time greats in martial arts. I would have like to been able to learn from this man the art of Jeet Kune Do.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Though enjoybale, this old-fashioned biopic of the

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    tennisgoku
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    I'm a such fan of Bruce Lee since 1973's Enter the Dragon and really interested to watch the biography of the legendary martial artist star at the first time Jason Scott Lee (no relation) is impressive as Bruce Lee and he successfully captures his mannerisms, attitude and even his fighting style

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A wonderful film

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    Boogity
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    I don't know why this didn't receive more love. It's a powerful film. Obviously not as "worldwide" as Schindler's List. Still a great film though. 93-94 did have quite a few classics though.

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