Bruce Jun Fan Lee was a Chinese American martial artist, philosopher, instructor, martial arts actor and the founder of the Jeet Kune Do combat form. He is widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the twentieth century and a cultural icon.
Lee was born in San Francisco, California, and raised in Hong Kong until his late teens. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, and sparked the first major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in Hong Kong and the rest of the world as well.
Lee became an iconic figure particularly to the Chinese, as he portrayed Chinese national pride and Chinese nationalism in his movies. He primarily practiced Chinese martial arts (Kung fu), particularly Wing Chun.
Bruce Lee's Hollywood Movies
1. FISTS OF FURY: The setting is in Bangkok, Thailand. Before Bruce left China to Thailand, he promised his mom that he won't get in any fights and troubles. Strangely, some workers from the ice factory where Bruce works, vaporized. To find out what's going on, Bruce goes to see the boss; thus, realizing that the boss is involved in this event. Then, Bruce starts a fierce battle with the boss and the gangs.
2. THE CHINESE CONNECTION: Teacher Fok died in a sudden. Bruce Lee as Chan Chen, came back to Shanghai for his teacher's funeral. During the funeral, some Japanese came and pissed off Bruce's group as "Sick men of Asia". That's why Bruce challenged the Japanese martial art school. Later on, Bruce found out that his teacher was poisoned to death by a Japanese undercover from the Jap martial art school. Finally, Bruce took his revenge and killed all the god damn Japanese, as a result of devoting his life to preserve the JING WU SCHOOL.
3. ENTER THE DRAGON: Shaolin student Bruce was asked to cooperate with the FBI to investigate on a drug island controlled by Shih Kein. Unfortuneately, Bruce was captured as he's doing his spying. One thing for sure, Bruce is mightier than Shih. Finally, Bruce and Shih have a great fight at the end of the film and the FBI came to bust up the operation.
4. RETURN OF THE DRAGON: Bruce Lee wrote and directed Return of the Dragon, his third film, a mix of hard-edged kung fu and goofy humor. Once again he plays the country boy who travels to a foreign land, in this case Italy, where his restaurant-owning cousins face trouble from the local syndicate. Their strong-arm tactics have driven customers away and now threaten the family, but Lee refuses to buckle under their pressure and takes them on in a series of impressive confrontations. The film ends with a memorable showdown with world-champion karate artist Chuck Norris in the Roman Colosseum (though much of it is staged in a rather cheap studio set), a brutal, almost inhuman battle that revels in the intense punishment taken by the combatants.
5. GAME OF DEATH: Bruce Lee died after shooting only a few scenes of his ambitious Game of Death, but that didn't stop greedy producers from finishing and releasing "Lee's last film," even if he's doubled for most of it. Lee planned an ambitious expression of his fighting philosophy, and his story culminates in the rigorous challenge of the "Game of Death," in which combatants take on successively greater and greater masters as they fight their way to the top of a tower..
Jackie Chan is an actor, action choreographer, film director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer from Hong Kong.
Chan is one of the best-known names worldwide in the areas of kung fu and action films. In his films, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons and innovative stunts. Jackie Chan has been acting since the 1970s and has appeared in over 100 films. Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons and video games. Besides acting, Chan is a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred.
1. PROJECT A: Jackie Chan plays a coast guard officer named Dragon Ma in 19th-century Hong Kong whose ship is being terrorized by pirates. Of course, that's only part of it as law enforcement officials are also in cahoots with his enemies, leaving Chan in a position where he has to take them on. As is always the case in Chan films, both his comedic and stunningly athletic side come out.
2. NEWS POLICE STORYN: Jackie Chan, a police investigator in Hong Kong named Wing, leads his team into a trap that gets everyone but him killed. He then turns to drinking until a younger officer named Fung helps him to turn things around. That's when Chan (Wing) goes off after the five people that killed his team.
3. RUMBLE IN THE BRONX: In this breakthrough American film, Jackie Chan plays a visitor to America that fights off a gang of bikers hoping to take over his uncle's market in the Bronx. The scenes weren't necessarily beautiful, nor was the dubbing. But Chan was still Chan in terms of the action and awesome fight scenes.
4. RUSH HOUR: This is the movie that truly brought Chan to the mainstream American public. Rush Hour is about two polar opposite cops ( Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker ) working together against Asian kidnappers. The fight scenes in this one are good, though perhaps not always at the level of some of Chan's other films. However, Tucker and he prove to be a rather hilarious duo, making up for that and more.
5. WHO AM I? Struck with amnesia, Jackie Chan is a special forces agent named Jackie that is adopted by an African bush tribe. As he seeks his identity, he finds that there are many people that want him dead. This film was sold directly to cable. Still, there's some great slapstick comedy and awesome action sequences, including one alongside a skyscraper.