First Trailer for the Bruce Lee-Inspired ‘Birth of the Dragon’

Wong Jack Man & Bruce Lee

The first trailer has debuted for a film called Birth of the Dragon, a fictional feature built around the iconic Bruce Lee.

Directed by The Adjustment Bureau helmer George Nolfi, the film dramatizes the true life 1964 fight between young Lee (Philip Ng) and Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia).

Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele, the writing duo behind Ali and Nixon, penned the script. Also starring Billy Magnussen and Simon Yin, the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and does not yet have a U.S. release date. Watch the first full 3-minute promo trailer below.

Fictional feature built around Bruce Lee

Looks really well made, but this isn’t coming close to Ip Man 1 & 2. Maybe it will beat Ip Man 3.

Bruce Lee's Fictional Feature

An affectionate nod to the classic Kung Fu films of the 1970s, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a dramatization of the true life but much disputed fight between Kung Fu greats Bruce Lee and Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1964. Based on Michael Dorgan’s magazine article, “Bruce Lee’s Toughest Fight,” the film is written by Chris Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele, the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of “Ali” and “Nixon”. They wove together many conflicting accounts of the actual fight and added in fictional characters Steve McKee (based on Steve McQueen who studied with Bruce Lee in the later 60s) and female lead Xiulan, whose fates become entwined in the outcome of the fight. A tribute to the films of Bruce Lee, that inspired generations of martial arts fans, the film is directed by George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and stars Phillip Ng, Xia Yu and Billy Magnussen. The Chinese/American co-production is produced by Kylin and Groundswell.