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How Bruce Lee changed my world,
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This review is from: Bruce Lee - How Bruce Lee Changed the World - Special Edition DVD Containing Extended Bonus Interviews (DVD)
Growing up I had heard of Bruce Lee but I never knew anything about him nor had I watched any of his films. I purchased 'enter the dragon' this year after Geoff Thompson (an influential martial artist) mentioned how Bruce Lee's films had inspired him, and I instantly became a fan. What I enjoyed more than the film however were the special features on the dvd which included documentaries on Bruce Lee, training footage and an interview with Bruce Lee.
This led to me working my way through Bruce Lee's films: 'way of the dragon' (which inludes a fight scene voted one of the best ever in martial arts history), 'the big boss' and 'fist of fury' which are all excellent. There is also 'game of death' which I haven't yet watched however this was made posthumously.
I then purchased this dvd which is an excellent documentary about an hour and a half long. It includes interviews with people who knew Bruce Lee personally as well as those he has inspired; and there are also further interviews in the special features of the dvd. The documentary itself was actually on Sky television a while ago, I think it was on the History Channel but I watched it on Anytime TV. If you have seen a recent documentary on Bruce Lee then this is probably the one that you have watched.
I already knew that Bruce Lee had revolutionised martial arts and film making but I was unaware of his influences in other areas such as music, philosophy, advertising and even break dancing. Even after his death he continues to inspire people around the world, crossing culturual boundaries and I think the words on his grave sum it up: 'your inspiration continues to guide us toward our personal liberation.'
It's incredible to think how much he achieved in his 32 years of living and it's just pure inspiration to watch him. Not only was he physically incredible in terms of his training and being able to do feats such as one arm push ups with his thumb and index finger; he was an extremely intelligent man who was university educated and had a personal library containing hundreds of books. Bruce Lee excelled in many areas including fencing and dancing and one interviewee on the dvd said he was so fast that he could hit you 4 times before you could even react. Bruce Lee was a pioneer who was using certain training methods and equipment 30 years before they were mainstream.
I've recently purchased the 'ultimate Bruce Lee collection' on dvd and the more I learn about the man and the more I watch him, the more it inspires me; he has influenced my physical training and my desire to learn more.
If you don't know much about Bruce Lee, this documentary will be an excellent introduction. If you're already a fan, then it's an excellent addition to your collection. Every time I need some inspiration, I'm going to watch this dvd and remind myself of what one man achieved in 32 years and what a phenomenal impact he had on the world even after he died.