I Am Bruce Lee (15)


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Parts of this documentary tribute to Bruce Lee - the clips from his movies, the interviews with the man - are instructive about the actor and the kung fu teacher, but most of it, comprising shout-outs from modern fighters and martial arts stars, is hagiographic deadwood.

You don't really learn much from some bloke you've never heard of striking a Lee pose to camera or proclaiming him "an icon".

Millions did love him, and his balletic movement on screen (he was a purist who refused movie tricks) reveals him as a wondrously graceful fighter, a forerunner of Jackie Chan.

He also made his own cult secure by dying young, at 32, of a cerebral oedema. Pete McCormack's film is a salute to the legend, but it gets nowhere near to uncovering the man.