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Beyond Bruce LeeChasing the Dragon Through Film, Philosophy, and Popular Culture$
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Paul Bowman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165297

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165297.001.0001

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Spectres of Bruce Lee

Spectres of Bruce Lee

(p.162) Chapter Six Spectres of Bruce Lee
Beyond Bruce Lee

Paul Bowman

Columbia University Press

This chapter considers the various “specters” of Bruce Lee that circulate today. It focuses on the most recent return of the specter of Bruce Lee in Hong Kong cinema, where his figure can be found structuring major films as the Ip Man (2008, 2010, 2010) trilogy, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010), and Champions (2008), among others. The chapter links this resurgence of the ethnonationalist specter of Bruce Lee, in particular to other recent films in which “China” emerges as a deliberate and prominent construct within films—particularly those films which have been shot partly or entirely within China itself; films that are often part or entirely funded by Chinese sources. These films have taken the form of both nominally Eastern and nominally Western productions, and they all share a certain refiguring or reworking of the very idea of “China”.

Keywords:   Bruce Lee, martial arts films, China, Chinese films, Hong Kong

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