I went to see “Birth of the Dragon.” It was a little “risky” as the reviews were rather harsh. After seeing the movie, in my opinion, it was one of the very best I have ever seen.
The story is about the famous fight between a young Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man. Most martial artists are aware of this famous fight, one shrouded in mystery. The mysteries involve the winner, the number of witnesses, overall purpose of other details.
The movie (director) does a great job of building the story and the suspense. It is not exactly a stretch to say portions are undoubtedly exaggerated or invented but overall, it is excellent.
A caveat here: Bruce Lee die-hard fans will probably hate it. Throughout most of the film, he is not exactly portrayed in the best light. He is seen as an enormously talented but immature fighter. It is only after the great fight with Wong did he take a quantum leap forward.
Again, I thought it was excellent. The messages were powerful and applicable to all who saw or will see the film. The fight choreography was entertaining and creative.
Even for us Systema loyalists, it is worth the viewing.