By: The Cinema Drunkie
Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the Action-Flix.com experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!
This week, The Cinema Drunkie delivers the classic fisticuffs from Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story where Jason Scott Lee stars as the iconic martial arts superstar. This climatic match may not have really happened in real life but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t kick ass. Check it out below!
Ahhhh, Brucesplotation, you batshit crazy subgenre. If you don’t know what Brucesplotation is, allow me to provide context: After Bruce Lee died, hong kong producers sought to find a “replacement”. The next Bruce Lee, if you will. This is how we got actors with names such as Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Bruce Leung, Bruce Lai, Bruce Thai & Dragon Lee. And titles such Bruce’s Deadly Fingers, Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave, and The Clones of Bruce Lee. Hell, they even tried to get Jackie Chan to be a Bruce clone.
I bring up Brucesplotation because it leads me to the subject of this newest Foot Fist Friday: Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. “But Dragon isn’t a Brucesplotation movie.” Might as well be. That movie is so inaccurate Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth looks like Bruce Lee’s personal home movies by comparison.
One of the inaccuracies is the fight on the set of The Big Boss that happens between Bruce and Luke Sun (Ong Soo Han), brother of Johnny Sun (John Cheung), a fighter Bruce defeats earlier in the movie. Now, I’m here to tell you, none of that happened. From what I heard, apparently the “infamous incident” that transpired on The Big Boss set was either Bruce simply messing around with some of the muay thai fighters who were on set, or him punching a douchebag in the face for grabbing his frank & beans. I don’t know which one is the true story, but he definitely didn’t have a big, epic, life or death battle with some guy seeking revenge.
However, just because it didn’t happen doesn’t mean it’s not an awesome fight nevertheless.
Seriously, this fight is badass! Epic in every way. This is a prime example of how the settings of fight sequences can play a big part in the success of a fight scene (aside from Jackie Chan movies). The thorough usage of the ice factory set, coupled with the excellent choreography make this a real winner of a scene.
As a matter of fact, in my opinion, this fight is better than 90% of the fights in the original Big Boss movie (Hot take: with the exception of the ice factory fight scene, I’m not the biggest fan of The Big Boss). Star Jason Scott Lee, opponent Ong Soo Han, director Rob Cohen, and stunt coordinators Steven Lambert & Merritt Yohnka all deserve a round of applause for giving us a fight scene worthy of the name Bruce Lee.
And now, without further ado, I bring to you Jason Scott Lee (Bruce Lee) vs Ong Soo Han (Luke Sun), with an amazing re-sound by the fantastic Epic Fights YouTube channel!