Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit

Author: Bruce Thomas

Publisher: Frog Books

ISBN: 9781883319250

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 356

View: 2453


This is the only independent biography of Bruce Lee, and it is complete in terms of both the martial arts and the movies.

Theorizing Bruce Lee

Author: Paul Bowman

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042027770

Category: Art

Page: 255

View: 5190


"Bruce Lee is a complex and contradictory figure, and it's a formidable task to take on the multiple facets of his legacyûfighter, film star, philosopher, nationalist, multiculturalist, innovator. With an approach as multidisciplinary and iconoclastic as Lee's approach to martial arts, Bowman provides an original and exhilarating account of Lee as 'cultural event'. No one has done a better job of explaining why the martial arts 'legend' remains such an important and provocative figure."ûLeon Hunt (Brunel University), author of Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger. "Taking on Martin Heidegger and Slavoj ÄiPek as well as drawing on Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Guy Debord, Jacques RanciFre, Rey Chow, and Stuart Hall, among others, Bowman shows how Bruce Lee 'speaks' to the philosophical debates that frame our understanding of global popular culture today. Although Bowman may not be able to resolve the philosophical battles surrounding our ability to 'know' Bruce Lee, he does a remarkable job of articulating why Bruce Lee remains an essential force within not only world cinema but global culture û both 'high' and 'low.' Armoured with his philosophical nunchakus, Bowman goes to battle with anyone who may doubt Lee's ongoing importance, and this book will undoubtedly become essential reading for everyone (from philosopher to kung fu practitioner) interested in popular culture and Asian cinema."ûGina Marchetti (University of Hong Kong), author of Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction, and From Tian'anmen to Times Square: Transnational China and the Chinese Diaspora on Global Screens, 1989-1997. Theorizing Bruce Lee is a unique work, which uses cultural theory to analyse and assess Bruce Lee, and uses Bruce Lee to analyse and assess cultural theory. Lee is shown to be a major 'event' in both global film and global popular culture û a figure who is central to many intercultural encounters, texts, and practices. Many key elements of film and cultural theory are employed to theorize Bruce Lee, and Lee is shown to be a complex û and consequential û multimedia, multidisciplinary and multicultural phenomenon. Theorizing Bruce Lee is essential reading for anyone interested in Bruce Lee in popular culture and as an object of academic study.

The Bruce Lee Story

Author: Linda Lee,Mike Lee

Publisher: Black Belt Communications

ISBN: 9780897501217

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 196

View: 8767


The widow of the late martial arts star traces his life from his childhood in Hong Kong, to his education in the United States, his career as an actor, and his untimely death

Bruce Lee's Fighting Method

Author: Bruce Lee,M. Uyehara

Publisher: Black Belt Communications

ISBN: 9780897500524

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 132

View: 1152


Part of the Bruce Lee's Fighting Method series, this book demonstrates simple, effective methods for dodging and deflecting incoming blows. It offers advice for improving the speed, power, and accuracy of your kicks and punches.

The Legendary Bruce Lee

Author: Black Belt Magazine

Publisher: Black Belt Communications

ISBN: 9780897501064

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 164

View: 6455


Examines the life of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, following him from his formative years in Hong Kong to his controversial death; discusses his training methods and philosophy of martial arts; looks at his movie work; and includes reminiscences by friends and colleagues.

Bruce Lee

Author: Matthew Polly

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471175715

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

View: 6176


A Sunday Times Book of the Year 'At last, Bruce Lee has the powerful biography he deserves... It will thrill Lee's fans and fascinate the unfamiliar' – Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life and Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig 'Meticulously researched' – Jimmy McDonough, author of Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography and Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green 'You won't find a better match for a biographer with his subject than Matthew Polly and Bruce Lee... A definitive biography, told with passion and punch' – Brian Jay Jones, author George Lucas: A Life and Jim Henson: The Biography. More than forty years after Bruce Lee’s sudden death at age 32, journalist and author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee’s life. It’s also one of the only accounts; incredibly, there has never been an authoritative biography of Lee. Following a decade of research that included conducting more than one hundred interviews with Lee’s family, friends, business associates and even the mistress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon. There are his early years as a child star in Hong Kong cinema; his actor father’s struggles with opium addiction and how that turned Bruce into a troublemaking teenager who was kicked out of high school and eventually sent to America to shape up; his beginnings as a martial arts teacher, eventually becoming personal instructor to movie stars like Steve McQueen; his struggles as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood and frustration seeing role after role he auditioned for go to white actors in eye makeup; his eventual triumph as a leading man; his challenges juggling a sky-rocketing career with his duties as a father and husband; and his shocking end that to this day is still shrouded in mystery. Polly breaks down the myth of Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with martial arts—not a great kung-fu master who just so happened to make a couple of movies. The book offers an honest look at an impressive yet flawed man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played on-screen. Praise for Matthew Polly 'Hypnotic...Tapped Out manages to humanize a sport once demonized as "human cockfighting" by deconstructing the stereotype of the martial-arts tough guy.' – New York Times 'Tapped Out is a knockout for MMA fans, who will laugh at the intimate portraits Polly sketches of some of the sport's most famous personalities. But it also works for those not familiar with the sport...You won't be disappointed.' – OpposingViews.com 'A delight to read.' – TheFightNerd.com 'Polly's self-deprecation in the painful learning process stands out as much as the witty prose. His delivery is Plimpton-esque.' – ESPN.com 'Smoothly written . . . Polly has a good eye for characters.' – Publishers Weekly

Bruce Lee

Author: Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 1438144938

Category: JUVENILE NONFICTION

Page: 114

View: 7956


A biography of Bruce Lee, who was born in San Francisco, grew up in Hong Kong, returned to the U.S. and became a famous martial arts actor until his untimely death at age 32.

Bruce Lee Eve

Author: Darin Waugh

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1458318931

Category:

Page: 149

View: 2019


Bruce Lee

Author: Fiaz Rafiq

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 178885330X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 7267


Labels such as ‘icon’ or ‘legend’ are rarely attached to one individual to the degree that they are to Bruce Lee. He only made a handful of films, yet four and a half decades after his untimely death at the age of 32, the Little Dragon’s influence on culture is as strong as ever. Named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century, Lee wasn’t just an actor and martial artist, but a director, inventor, husband, father and philosopher. His martial art, jeet kune do, is still practised around the world, while UFC champions credit him with inspiring the growing sport of mixed martial arts. His films kick-started a global kung fu boom and retain the power to awe today, while his thoughts – collected in a series of books from Lee’s own notes – still inspire. Bruce Lee: The Life of a Legend is a unique oral biography that combines the memories of Lee’s original students, close friends, co-stars and colleagues – those who knew him best – to provide a candid view on the action movie star adored by millions, capturing the essence of a complex man in a way no straightforward narrative ever could. Further, for the first time ever in print, legendary professional boxing, bodybuilding and MMA champions and personalities from the motion picture industry pay homage to Lee, giving a blend of unique perspectives on a man who changed the face of their respective sports.

Bruce Lee

Author: Greg Roensch

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9780823935154

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 118

View: 6564


Years after his early death, Bruce Lee is still worshipped by many. Indeed, he has achieved cult status. Readers of this biography will learn about his pioneering style in the invention of jeet kune do and his goal of teaching martial arts to the masses, his journey to becoming a film star in America, and his triumph of bringing martial arts and action movies to the mainstream.