Enter the Clones of Bruce

USA 2023
Director: David Gregory
Cast: Bruce Le, Bruce Li, Dragon Lee

94 Min. | OmeU
German Premiere
Midnite Xpress

In the early seventies, with just a handful of breathtaking martial arts films under his belt, Bruce Lee became the new icon of international action cinema. Only hours after his untimely death in 1973, film studios began to frantically hunt for a new star to succeed the martial arts king on the big screen. From a decision driven by commercial motives grew an army of Bruce Lee clones and an avalanche of fast, hard action films that soon created their own genre: Bruceploitation. First ridiculed and dumped as quickfire shots in the grindhouse theaters of the world, they later became universally beloved cult flicks that reigned the video store shelves for decades. David Gregory, founder of cult distribution label Severin Films and nowadays one of the greatest preservers of obscure film heritage, gathers the absolute Who's Who of Asian cinema and its supporters in his colorful theatrical documentary: from actors like Bruce Le, David Chiang and Philip Ko to screen legends like Godfrey Ho, Lo Meng and Sammo Hung. In interviews and rare film clips, Gregory gleefully opens a treasure chest full of fascinating stories and incredible incidents that have to be seen to be believed.