Only for Bruceploitation Fans
J. Pinkerton Snoopington | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 12/22/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I never though I would see the day that a sequel to the 1970s Bruce Lee exploitation movie "The Real Bruce Lee" would be released...but here I am reviewing VideoAsia's "The Real Bruce Lee Part II." This new documentary follows the same format as the earlier film: a few minutes of (very boring) Bruce Lee childhood acting footage, then a few minutes of various fight scenes from Bruce Lee imitators (Bruce Li, Bruce Le, and Dragon Lee from his unreleased-in-America opus "The Nationwide Constituency"), and then a full length movie with the latest 'heir to Bruce Lee's throne.'
The full length movie this time is Dragon Sek's "Big Boss Untouchable," a dull and forgettable low-budget period piece that is strictly for Bruce Lee clone completists. Dragon Sek doesn't have the charisma of Bruce Lee...or even Li, Le, or Dragon Lee for that matter, and his martial arts scenes are nothing special.
The full frame DVD looks fine...much better than many similarly themed VideoAsia releases. The sepiatoned Bruce Lee childhood footage fares the worst, but that's to be expected. "Big Boss Untouchable" was shot seemingly on digital video, and though it doesn't exactly look professional, it's clear and sharp and is without scratches.
Surprisingly, there are many extras. Most Lee fans will want to see "Bruce Lee Press Conference." However, they'll be disappointed, because it's just a "Green Hornet"-era Lee saying "Thank You" in Chinese, along with a few seconds of Van Williams and Adam 'Batman' West discussing his martial arts skills. "They Call Us Bruce" contains some more entertaining fight scenes from the Bruce Lee clones. There is a lengthy trailer for "Big Boss Untouchable," along with some uninteresting bloopers from that film. The disc is rounded out by some okay interviews with some of Bruce Lee's students, including boxer Joe Lewis."