Friday, June 26, 2009

The ONLY real Bruce Le

There's great and serious kung fu movies like the old ones from the Shaw Brothers studios. And then there's the trashy fun ones like the ones that star one (or several) of the Bruce Lee clones! And if you're a regular reader you know what I think of those trashy flicks. Yeah, love 'em. You gotta! The best (or whatever) clone was probably Bruce Le. I'm by no means an expert on Bruceploitation but a couple of my favourites are BRUCE LEE IN NEW GUINEY and BRUCE AND THE SHAOLIN BRONZEMEN which I posted about a little while ago. Tonight I won THIS one:

It's FIRE ON THE GREAT WALL about which our friend Wiki says:

Among fans of Bruceploitation movies, Ninja Over the Great Wall is often praised for its high production values and relatively fast pace - two things absent from nearly every other Bruce Le film. On the website Bruceploitation, "Keith" writes:

"While liberally borrowing from the Bruce Lee classic Fist of Fury, this Bruce Le vehicle is still quite entertaining. The fight scenes are lots of fun with Bruce taking on hordes of ninjas literally everywhere. Viewers should get a kick out of a scene where Bruce fights a ninja who is on fire. Talk about having control of your mind and body. Also, there is the requisite "You killed my teacher" Japanese dojo attack required by Bruceploitation Law. The end fight scene (shot on location at the Great Wall) is mighty impressive and brutal. What surprised me the most about this film is the pessimistic storyline. Pretty much everyone dies. Using the Japanese occupation of China as a backdrop, the filmmakers also inject a bit of political commentary (not saying the Fist of Fury was subtle though). If only Bruce Le had made more movies like this"

The tape I'm getting is a PAL tape from HK in Cantonese with English subs. Apparently, the only DVD version available (or not available as it's OOP) is a fullscreen English dubbed bootleg from those Ground Zero crooks. :D


  1. I've never been in to the Bruce Lee-clones out there, but where to start if I wanna get myself into it? :)

    Is there any good homepage dealing only with these movies? How are the dvds? Any good releases out there?

  2. Fan också!! You had to ask didn't you! :D
    Look Fred, I'm trying to sound knowledgeable here but in fact the ONLY Bruce Le films I've seen are the ones I mentioned in the post. But on the other hand they were pretty darn entertaining. I don't think any of this stuff has good DVD releases.

    Ohh, I almost forgot... actually "Challenge of the Tiger" (the film that Mondo Macabro calls "Bruce Le's best film") is out on a spiffy DVD from MM!!

  3. There is ONE really good site devoted entirely to these films. It's entitled "Bruceploitation" and you'll find it here:

  4. Aha! I got you there! ;)

    I have Challenge of the Tiger on MM's dvd. One of the movies that got me interested to see more!

    Did you hear this rumour that Lenzi directed a Brucesploitation-movie? Where did that come from? I guess it's not true, but it's a fun idea.

  5. Yes, I heard it and no it's not true. The film is "Bruce Lee fights back from the Grave". I have some info I'll try and dig out.

  6. Fred, I just stumbled over another Bruce Lee clone site:


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