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Birth of the Dragon

Birth of the Dragon
Birth of the Dragon
Birth of the Dragon
  • PG-13
  • 1h 35m
  • 2017
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In the world of martial arts, there is one man above all: Bruce Lee. In 1960s San Francisco, Lee (Phillip Ng) was young, hungry and looking for an opportunity to make a name for himself. That opportunity came when the legendary Shaolin monk, Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu) came into town to observe the state of kung fu in America. Lee challenges Wong to a fight, one that would change the history of martial arts forever.
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Common Sense Says
Cheap-looking, whitewashed version of Bruce Lee's story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Birth of the Dragon is about young Bruce Lee -- specifically, a life-changing 1964 encounter he had with Shaolin monk Wong Jack Man. There's plenty of bloodless martial arts fighting, as well as other fighting and a scene with thugs destroying a laundromat. A man is hit in the groin with a baseball, and characters sometimes have bruises. Language includes a use of "s--t" and a use of "a--hole," plus "ass" and "d--k." A man smokes a cigarette in one scene. Sex isn't much of an issue, though a couple is shown in tender moments, holding hands, etc. Prostitution is referred to as a potential threat to a young woman. Lee is still an icon, and his fans will want to see this, but they'll likely be disappointed, given the largely negative portrayal of their hero and the movie's overall whitewashing -- that is, the needless inclusion of a white hero to help tell the story.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:August 25, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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