Variety: Philip Ng cast as Bruce Lee in ‘Birth of the Dragon’

'Birth of the Dragon': Philip Ng

Variety (by Dave McNary):

Philip Ng will portray Bruce Lee in martial arts action movie “Birth of the Dragon,” with shooting commencing Tuesday in Vancouver.

Yu Xia will play Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man and Billy Magnussen will portray martial arts student Steve McKee. Jinging Qu plays the love interest of McKee’s character and Jin Xing will portray a crime boss. George Nolfi is directing from a script by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele, who have writing credits on “Ali” and “Nixon.”

Groundswell Productions is producing the movie.

The film recreates the mid-1960’s fight between Lee and Wong Jack Man from the point of view of McKee. After the fight, Lee reinvented himself and his style of kung fu. Action sequences will be designed by martial arts choreographer Corey Yuen, whose credits include “Lethal Weapon 4,” “X-Men,” “Romeo Must Die” and “The Expendables.”

Lee began appearing in films in the early 1970s before passing away in 1973. Wong remained silent about the fight for many years and retired from teaching martial arts in 2005 after 45 years.

’Birth of the Dragon’ is a rare opportunity to make an action film with rich characters based on real events and real people,” Nolfi said. “It’s a story about people from the East and West transcending their differences to work together, which is obviously a very timely story.

We’re thrilled to be telling one of the great untold stories in martial arts history, especially at this unique moment when China and Western audiences are opening up to each other as never before,” said London. “To work with a Chinese film company like Kylin on a story that has so much significance in China has been a wonderful collaboration, and, we hope, the first of many.”

Meet Afghan Bruce Lee

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 Audrey Magazine:

Abbas Alizada, a 20-year-old from Kabul, Afghanistan, is nicknamed “Afghan Bruce Lee” and there’s reason for it. Not only are his physical features strikingly reminiscent of the legendary martial artist, but his practice of martial arts are similar as well.

 

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Videos and photos of him posted on his Facebook page show him in Bruce Lee’s famous “about to attack” pose, doing backflips, and delighting anyone who has seen Fist of Fury. These posts have gained lots of attention and he is now internet-famous in Afghanistan’s smaller internet community.

Alizada hopes this will only be the start. “I want to be a champion in my country and a Hollywood star,” Alizada told the Japan Times.

 

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In his pursuit of fame, however, he rejects the name Bruce Hazara given to him by friends. Instead, he remains with his roots and ethnicity, preferring to be known as the Afghan Bruce Lee, especially in a country so divided.

From a family of ten children, Alizada never had enough money for him to study martial arts.

According to Reuters, the school’s trainer decided to teach him anyway after seeing his promise.

 

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As Alizada’s home country continues to be shaken by violence and controversy, he tries to contribute by showing the different dimensions of his homeland. “The destruction here makes me sad, but it also inspires me,” he told Reuters. “The only news that comes from Afghanistan is about war… I am happy that my story is a positive one.

Bruce Lee as Spider-Man!

 

French artist Alex Tuis has created an awesome collection of illustrations that reimagine famous actors as Marvel superheroes. The entire series is available on his personal website.

http://a.tuis.free.fr/SuperHero.html