Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) Script

(SIGHS)

(WHIMPERS QUIETLY)


(CRUMBLING)

Aaah!

(SPEAKING CANTONESE)


(GASPS)


Aaaaah!


(INDISTINCT CHATTER, SHOUTING)

(SPEAKING CANTONESE)

(LAUGHING)


Waaooo-waah!

SIFU: Kung fu is more than a system of fighting.

It's a system of thought.

You must out-think your opponent, whatever form he takes, because some of them will be more than just men.

BRUCE: What else could it be, sifu?

SIFU: We all have inner demons to fight.

We call these demons fear and hatred and anger.

If you don't conquer them, then a life of a hundred years is a tragedy.

If you do, a life of a single day can be a triumph.

(CANTONESE POP MUSIC PLAYING)

(WOMAN SINGING IN CANTONESE)


(INDISTINCT TALKING)

Don't worry about it. Don't worry.

Excuse me, my son.

Uh, six pints of beer, mate.

No. (SPEAKING CANTONESE)

Aw, come on.

Oh, God, what about that one there?

(INDISTINCT TALKING, LAUGHING)

Hello. Mind if I take over? Go on, piss off!

(PROTESTING IN CANTONESE)

Big boy!

Hey, look, I'm Fred Astaire!

(WOMAN CONTINUES PROTESTING)

(SAILORS LAUGHING)

SAILOR: She's a bit frisky, isn't she?

Oh, yeah. Come on, one, two. Oh, I love it when they fight back.

One, two, come on!

Stay back. Stay back. Back in... Hey, hey! Back in line.

(INDISTINCT TALKING)

(WOMAN YELLING IN CANTONESE)

What do you want?

I want to dance with her.

This one's mine. Get one of your own.

She is one of my own.

Hyah! Ohhh!

WOMAN ON RECORD: ♪ Breeze is soft against my skin

♪ Such sweet-sweet rememberin' ♪ Owoo-waah!

(MUSIC CONTINUES) Hold it, lads.

Leave him to me. Come on, try that again.

I'm gonna get you, you little yellow bastard.

Smash your face in.

Try it again, huh?

Ooahhhhhh.

(CROWD LAUGHING)

Aaah!

Aaaah!

(APPLAUSE, LAUGHING)

Aaaaah!

Whoooo-ooaah!

(LAUGHING, INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Hey, Bob!

Wanna try this?

(CROWD GASPING)

Okay.


(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

(SIRENS APPROACHING)

(SPEAKING CANTONESE)

(FOG HORN BLOWING)


(SHOUTING IN CANTONESE)

Ba-Ba!

The police were here. They're looking for you.

I know.

The sailor's in hospital with a punctured lung.

He might die.

He was making trouble. He started it.

He's the nephew of the assistant police inspector of Kowloon.

I can hide out with my friends.

You don't have any friends now!

(SPEAKING CANTONESE)

Oww!

The cops will be back.

I should get out of here.

Sit down.

I've thought a lot about this...

For a very long time.

You'll have to leave Hong Kong.

For how long?

Forever.

This is a joke, right? You're joking.

Listen to me, Sai-Fon, you'll die in Hong Kong. I've seen it.

You're too superstitious, Ba-Ba.

You're a man now. Almost.

You have a right to know everything. You had an older brother.

He died in childbirth.

The demon took him away from us.

The firstborn man-child is very valuable.

So when you were born, I name you Sai-Fon, a girl's name.

We dress you in dresses so the demon wouldn't know I had another son.

I made you speak English, all so we could fool him.

But now he knows.

And he's coming for you.

You must leave tonight.

Where, Ba-Ba? Where can I go?

You love American movies.

You love American cars.

You go to America.

America?

I was in America on tour with the Canton Opera Company in 1940.

San Francisco. Doing The Drunken Princess.

November 27th, you were born.

That morning I got you and three good reviews.

I was very proud. Come here. Come here.

This is your birth certificate.

"Bruce Lee."

It sounded very American.

It sure does.

(LAUGHING)

You were born there. Show this to the immigration man.

They have to let you in.

You need money to go to America.

It's yours.

I saved it for you for a day like today.

I don't know what to say.

Say you'll do better.

Tell me you'll make a big noise in America, so I can hear it over here.

(BABIES CRYING)

(INDISTINCT TALKING)

(SPEAKING CANTONESE)

No.

Do you speak English? Yeah.

I'm practicing my English. Going to America.

I've always wanted to go to America.

James Dean.

French fries. The sky's the limit, that's what they say.

Not a Chinaman's chance. They say that too.

You ever hear that?

No.

You know, the Chinese, we built the rail roads there.

The Americans, the gwailo, would lower chinamens over the cliff in baskets to set the dynamite.

Get pulled up too slow, bang!

Rope break.

Bye-bye. Bye-bye.

Bye-bye.

Americans say, "Not a Chinaman's chance," and round-eyed gwailo would laugh.

We're not human to them.

How do you know?

I'm a history teacher.

Things are different now. It's today.

Sure, sure. Maybe.

I'm different.

Sure. Sure.

I am. You'll see.

(INDISTINCT SHOUTING, TALKING)

(MUSIC PLAYING ON JUKEBOX)

Order, please. One pork lo mein, one kung pao chicken.

Hey. Hey.

Hi.

My name is April.

Bruce.

I know.

(GLASS BREAKING)

Hey, Lee! Clean up!

Hey, Lee! Clean up!

(WOMAN SPEAKING CHINESE)

Lee, clean it up.

Yes, Miss Yang.

Mr. Ho, you're here to cook, not to make trouble.

(SPEAKING CHINESE)

(INDISTINCT TALKING)


(LAUGHING)

Go! Fight!

Win! Go, fight, win!

Hit it! Whoo!

MAN: Michael! Come on! Yeah!

(INDISTINCT TALKING)

GIRL: You know what Margaret Mead...

CHEERLEADERS: Go! Fight! Win!

Go, fight, win! Hit it!

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

(RECORD PLAYING)

♪ When Liberty Valance rode to town

♪ The womenfolk would hide

♪ They'd hide

♪ When Liberty Valance walked around... ♪

(RECORD CONTINUES)

"'And I have made a mistake, Robert...

"Robert Jordan thought to himself.

"'I have told the Spaniards...

"We could do something better..."

Better-err. Better.

(KNOCKING)

"...than they can.“ RECORD: ♪ ...a law book in his hand

♪ A man

♪ The kind of a man the West would need

♪ To tame this troubled land ♪

(GREEN ONIONS PLAYING)

One order Peking duck.

Ah.

You dirty... You son of a...

You grab my girl!

Aah! Aah!

(SHOUTING IN CHINESE) (SCREAMING)

Give me a knife! Aah!

(SHOUTING CONTINUES)

(GREEN ONIONS PLAYING)

(SHOUTING CONTINUES)


(CONTINUES SHOUTING)

(SPEAKING CHINESE)

(SPEAKING CHINESE)

Get the son of a bitch! Kill him! Kill him!

(SHOUTING IN CHINESE)

(SPEAKING CHINESE)


(CLENCHED SCREAMING)

(SPITTING) Aaah! Aaaaah!

Aaaah! Waah!

(WHIMPERING)


(WHIMPERING)

(CLAPPING) Get back inside, all of you!

Come on! Come on!

(CHEFS GROANING, COUGHING)

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Sit down.

Two weeks' pay.

Two weeks severance.

(SIGHS)

What's this?

All-purpose loan.

You got a lot of money, Lee. What you gonna do?

I guess I'd better...

I tell you what to do.

Take April on the town.

Buy her nice clothes. Check into big hotel.

Have lots of sex.

Have food brought up to you in bed.

Drink champagne and whisky.

Now money all gone.

April be gone, too, like money.

You come back to me.

I put you in kitchen, wash dishes to pay back loan.

By that time you're no longer young, you're no longer handsome.

You're nothing but a dishwasher.

That one choice. There are others.

Like what?

They say education is good. Hmm.

I've heard that. Me, personally, I hope you go with April.

I can always use a good dishwasher!


(EXHALING)

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Time's up. Come on, man.

I'm not finished yet.

Yeah, you are. We work out at 3:00.

See that clock? It's 3:00. Come on.

Where does it say that in the rule book?

Ooh. The rule book.

You been readin' the wrong rule books. Read the ones in English.

What's that mean?

(CHUCKLING) See? That's what I mean.

Your kind don't understand English.

My kind? Yeah.

Gooks, chinks. You guys killed my dad in Korea.

You think I'm happy to see you in my gym?

Don't touch me.

FRIENDS: Ooooh!

Or what? Huh?

Or I'll touch you back.

(ALL LAUGHING)

Come on, touch me, dink. Come on.

Come on, touch me, chink. Come on.

Hit him, Joe.

Quit looking at him and touch me, chink.

Come on, man.

(GROWLING)

He's scared of you, man.

He's scared. (INDISTINCT TALKING, LAUGHING)

(IMITATING CHINESE ACCENT) Mr. Henderson, we so sorry.

BRUCE: Are you coming?

I have to finish my workout.

Might as well finish on you.

(CHUCKLING)

Finish him, Joe. Okay, chink, let's go.

Ken, Andy, get off the mat!

Go on, man, I'm gonna kill this guy.

You can take him, Joe.

Wait.

What is this? What are you gonna do, stink me to death?

Come on! Come on.

Wait. Wait. So sorry.

Oh! What is this, a fight or a striptease?

(LAUGHING)

Come on! Come on!

(INDISTINCT TALKING)

Okay, I ready. Yeah?

(GRUNTING)

Aah!

Very good shadow boxing!

(PANTING) You... Aaaah!

Chinks can jump real high, huh?

Come on, Joe!

(INDISTINCT TALKING CONTINUES)

Come on. (GRUNTING)

Come on, show him what for, Joe.

Aaah!

Get up, Joe!

I'll kill you, bastard!

I'm no bastard. I'm Bruce Lee!

Yaaaah!

(BOTH SCREAMING)

(GRUNTING)

Yaaah! Ohh! Aah!

(GROANING)

Sorry about your father. That was Koreans.

(GROANING CONTINUES)

I'm an American.

(GROANING)

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

You sure showed him, Henderson!

Yeah, way to go, Joe.

Hey! Ease up, ease up.

We come in peace.

I'm Benny Sayles and this is Tad Overton.

We just wanna ask you a question.

That jujitsu stuff. Can you teach us?

Can anybody do it?

I told you. It's secret chink stuff.

Aaaaah!

Shit!

You okay?

Yeah, I'm all right.

You see that? You see how it flowed? Be like water.

Water's the softest stuff in the world, but it can fit into any container.

It seems weak, but it can penetrate rock.

Be like the nature of water.

That's it for today. Friday we spar, eh?

All right. All right.

WOMAN: Hi, guys. GUYS: Hi, Linda!

Hi. Hi.

Hi.

Um, is this class only for guys?

'Cause it looks like you only teach guys.

I teach whoever wants to learn. Usually guys are the ones interested in fighting.

I've dated some of these animals.

I've done plenty of fighting.

Ha ha.

But seriously, I'd like to take lessons.

How about Friday? 3:00?

That's a date.

(CHUCKLES) No, that's an appointment.

There's a difference.

See ya, Bruce.

Bye, guys.

GUYS: Bye, Linda.

BRUCE: Emotion can be the enemy.

If you give in to emotion, you can lose yourself.

Be at one with your emotions, because the body always follows the mind.

This is not about winning.

This is about perfection.

Then why all those colored belts?

The only thing belts are good for is to hold your pants up.

Okay, let's spar, shall we?

Urn, Linda?

Linda and...

(CHUCKLING) Linda and me, I guess. Come, Linda.

Go get 'em, Linda.

(LAUGHS)

Remember reference? Okay.

Mm-hmm.

Set?

You're open.

I saw it coming.

Uhh! Yeah!

There you go. You see? It isn't size or strength that matters.

It's focus. You all have a chi, an inner spirit.

Focus and then there's nothing you cannot bend to your will.

Like you just saw.

Find your reference points and square off.

Good.

I kinda like this position.

Then say "yes" to a date.

All of us? No, just you and me.

Why? Why?

Yeah, why? Why me?

'Cause I already fell for you.

MAN ON TV: Premier Nikita Khrushchev made his first visit to the Berlin Wall today.

With his entourage, he surveyed the structure...

Which has made a division...

LINDA: Bye, Mom! I'm going bowling!

I'm not deaf.

I'm sorry.

You're going where?

I'm going bowling.

Have fun. Not too late, now.

Okay. Nope.

(RADIO PLAYING)

Bowling? For Pete sakes, Emery.

Couldn't you think of something better? Bowling?

Give me a break, Sherry. I needed the bag.

♪ Wishin' you were here by me ♪ Hey, watch that upholstery! It's my father's car.

Okay! Watch the road!

♪ I wah-wah-wah-wah wonder ♪ I don't believe you.

♪ Why why-why-why-why-why ♪ Oh. You think he likes blue?

♪ She ran away and I wonder ♪ Do you think this dress is too wrinkled?

All this for a Chinese guy.

I can't believe you're going out with a Chinese guy.

Well, let me tell ya, if you met him, you'd get it.

I don't think I could kiss somebody who wasn't white.

I... I just don't think I could do that.

I'll try and live with that thought. I really will.

You'd kiss him?

Kiss him? At least.

You'd let him put his tongue in your mouth. A Chinese guy.

Who knows? Maybe more.

You are so low, Emery.

You pretend to be this jock, but you're a... A beatnik.

Ooh. Pass me the bongos, daddy-o.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Hi.

You look great.

(SIGHS) Thanks. Blue looks good on you.

I'm glad you like it. You look really good yourself.

I've never seen you with so many clothes on.

Wanna get a table?

Yeah. Okay.

Lee. We have reservations at 8:00.

I'm sorry. I don't have a table right now.

Perhaps you'd like to sit at the bar.

Okay. Thank you. Okay.

A philosophy major. Now what can you do with a philosophy major?

You can think deep thoughts about being unemployed.

(LAUGHING)

You're such a good teacher. Have you ever thought about teaching kung fu?

What do you think I've been doing?

No, but I mean really going for it. In the American way.

Making a business. A chain, like McDonald's.

(LAUGHING) I like teaching, but...

Oh, sure, it's fun to throw helpless girls on the floor.

Seriously, I like the way it changes people.

You can't change people with your fists. I've learned that.

See, they see something strange, something they don't understand, and they get afraid.

Teach them the beauty of that strange thing and they're no longer afraid, because it's become part of them.

Well, sometimes strange things can be very beautiful.

Excuse me.

It's been half an hour and I still see people being seated ahead of us.

Come, don't exaggerate. It's been barely 20 minutes.

Like to have our check, please.

I was thinking. What were you thinking?

I'd like to take you someplace else, someplace good.

Thank you.


BRUCE: Two for Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Hey, baby, what's going on here?

Oh, hi.

You're gonna love this movie. Oh, yeah?

(DOORBELL BUZZING) (AUDIENCE LAUGHING)

(BUZZING CONTINUES)

(MUMBLING)

Aah! (LAUGHING)

You remember?

Miss-a go-right-TV!

I protest!

(AUDIENCE LAUGHING)

AUDREY HEPBURN: I lost my key.

MICKEY ROONEY: But that was two weeks ago.

You cannot keep ringing my bell!

You disturb-a me. You must have a key made!

(LAUGHING CONTINUES)

It won't do any good. I'll just lose them all.

You like me. You know you do.

Come on, baby, what is this?

You like me. I'm a liked guy.

(BANGING ON DOOR)

In 30 seconds, I going to call the po-lice!

I got to get my rest! I'm an artist.

Let's get out of here.

AUDREY HEPBURN: Don't be angry. I won't do it again.

If you promise not to be angry, I might let you take those pictures we mentioned.

When?


What is this place? What are we doing here?

Come on, be a little adventurous.

Where are you taking me?

(LAUGHING)


Well, what do you think?

I don't know what to think.

What do you mean you don't know what to think? This was your idea.

My idea, to move into an industrial slum?

This is no slum!

This is the first Bruce Lee Kung Fu Institute.

You talked me into it.

You make me feel like I can do anything.

You can.

When I came over on the boat, I knew this was an "idea" place.

Ideas make this country great. Here a good idea makes a man anything he wants to be.

You drop a pebble in a pond, you get ripples.

Soon the ripples cross the whole pond.

Come here.

Drop it.

See, it's begun.


One! Two! Three!

One! Two! Three!

One! Two! Three!

One! Two! Three!

One! Two! Three!


(WIND WHISTLING)

(RUMBLING)

(GLASS SHATTERING)

(CRACKING, SHATTERING)

(CRASHING)

(SCREAMING)

(SHUDDERING, GASPING)

(THUD)

(ANGUISHED CRY)

(SCREAMING)

(WAILING)

(YELLING, CHOKING)

(SCREAMING)

(ANGUISHED CRIES)

(YELLING)


What is wrong with you today? You're acting so funny.

Hmm?

Well, I gotta go.

I told Mom I'd help her with dinner.

Your mother must think you're a professional bowler by now.

I'm gonna tell her.

When?

When I'm ready.

Are you ashamed?

Are you ashamed you wanna marry a Chinaman?

No, I'm not ashamed.

Are you ashamed of me? Did you tell your father about me?

Did you tell him about your little gwailo girl?

Yes.

What did he say?

Doesn't matter what he said.

What matters is I told him.

Okay.

Okay.

I'm gonna tell her.

She's just not gonna understand, Bruce.

Sugar, Mr. Lee? Please.

Cream?

No.

How many sugars?

Just one.

Linda, you want some coffee, too?

No, thank you.

Thank you.

Cookie? No.

Are you pregnant?

(LAUGHS NERVOUSLY)

No.

Okay. Okay.

Let's look at this from all angles. How will you live?

I'm opening a school in Oakland. Maybe one in Palo Alto.

Soon it'll become a chain like McDonald's.

I don't wanna rain on your parade, Mr. Lee, but the world needs hamburgers.

It doesn't need judo.

Kung fu.

Whatever.

More and more people are studying it all the time.

That's howl put myself through school.

Okay, I'll give you that.

So let's get down to the real issue, children.

After all, Linda, that's what marriage is really about, children.

We wanna have children, someday.

Ah. But what will they be?

They won't be white and they won't be oriental.

They'll be some kind of half-breed, and they won't be accepted by either side.

They'll be American. Linda's American, I'm American.

You're an American citizen. You're not really an American.

(CLATTERING)

Bruce.

You'd better put a Band-Aid on that cut.

LINDA: Bruce. Bruce!

I spoke to him like a gentleman. You heard me.

My favorite china. Mom...

You can do better than that. Believe me, you'll forget about him in a month.

Do you really wanna have yellow babies?

(MOTORCYCLE ENG I N E STARTS)

Can you imagine that, yellow babies?

Yes, I can. Oh, Linda.

All this will do is bring you pain. Linda, listen to me.

I can't allow it. I'm sorry, but I can't allow it.

It's not up to you. Linda...

Mom, it's not up to you!

Linda!

(MOTORCYCLE DRIVING OFF)

Linda! Linda!

Stop! Wait! No! No! no!

(MOTORCYCLE DRIVING OFF)

Bruce!

Bruce!

(SCREECHING)


(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

What's this?

All-purpose loan.

Where're you going?

To a wedding!


Hi, honey!

Hi, hon.

Anything?

Not yet.

What are you doing?

Just giving the place a little blessing.

Well, we don't need a blessing because we've got advertising.

(KNOCK AT DOOR)

You open?

Come in, come in.

Caught the flyer. Thought I'd check it out.

See?

Seen some of them chop-socky flicks, man.

Some cool shit.

Name's Jerome. Jerome Sprout.

Bruce Lee. My wife, Linda.

Hey. Hi, Jerome.

I'd like to take some lessons.

I like to give them.

Solid. Now, you know I'm not Chinese?

I've noticed that.

Some of them other Chinese teachers, man, they turn me down flat.

Some of 'em wouldn't even let me in the door.

You got yourself a teacher.

I can dig it, man. You got yourself a student.

Keep repeating it. Now backwards. Go for a switch.

Like that?

Yeah. Yeah.

We're gonna speed up a little bit. All right, ready?

Oh! Whoop!

One! Two! One!

Two! One! Two!

One! Two! One! Two!

One! Two! One! Two! One!

One! Two! One! Two!

(KNOCKING)

(COUNTING CONTINUES)

Thank you. (SPEAKING CHINESE)

One! Two! One! Two!

(INDISTINCT CHATTER, COUGHING)

(MUSIC PLAYING)

(ARGUING IN CHINESE)

Bruce. I know you like to be called Bruce.

You've been charged with violating the martial arts code.

We've had several complaints from Wu Zuolin and Wong Jack Man and many others.

You've been teaching the gwailo. This must stop.

I'll teach whoever wants to learn.

(SPEAKING CHINESE)

Bruce, we do things differently here.

One of the things we do not do is teach our secrets to whites, blacks.

They are the enemy.

(ALL SPEAKING CHINESE)

They are not the enemy. They just don't know us.

We've been so closed for so long, they've never seen the real beauty of our culture.

Let's show it to them.

ALL: No. No. No.

I'm sorry. We do not agree. You are ordered to stop teaching the gwailo.

(CONFERRING IN CHINESE)

Or what?

Or we will settle this by combat.

Prepare yourself.

(SPEAKING CHINESE)


Not hungry?

Nah.

You canceled all your classes today.

I had to take care of some business.

What business?

Oh, nothing much.

Tax stuff.

I better get going.

There's something you're not telling me.

Do we owe a lot of money?

I owe everything...

To you.

See you.

BRUCE: What'd you find out?

Bookies are laying 20-to-1 against you.

Who is this guy?

Johnny Sun. He's got a school on Thompson. He's a killer, man.

What are you, his press agent?

He's a real killer.

A couple of brothers tried to rob him last year.

One went to a hospital. One with a gun went to a funeral home.

You're a real confidence builder, Jerome.

(DOOR OPENS)


Man, they eat their Wheaties in that family.

Tiny there's his younger brother Luke.

Bruce, forget about this stuff.

Forget about all us gwailo and let's get the hell outta here right now.

(CRACKING)


(JOINTS CRACKING)


(SPEAKING CHINESE)


(YELLING)


(MURMURING)

Do you give up? Do you give up?

Do you give up?

I give up. I give up.

I give up.

Right on!

(ELDERS MURMURING)

I teach who I want.

The decision is mine.

(SPEAKING CHINESE)

(HEAVY BREATHING)

(INAUDIBLE)

(GROANING)

WOMAN ON P.A.: Dr. Craig and Dr. Donan, come to the hospital administration office.

Dr. Craig and Dr. Donan, to the hospital administration office.

Mrs. Lee, I'm Dr. Arlo.

How is he? Is he okay?

Let's not talk in here.

Is he okay?

There are some papers to sign, Mrs. Lee.

Mrs. Lee.

Huh?

Some... There are some papers. Some papers.

(MACHINE STOPS)


You know, this thing's kinda sexy.

Maybe we can keep it after you're better.

I'm sorry.

It was a bad joke.

I know you're mad. Don't be mad. It'll only make things worse.

Worse? Couldn't take a hell of a lot to make things worse.

You should've told me where you were going.

Why?

Because I'm your wife, that's why! I had a right to know.

You might wanna think about that. The wife part, I mean.

What're you saying?

Take a good look at me, Linda.

So we've got a little trouble.

This is more than a little trouble!

Okay, so we've got big trouble!

You're always going on about the beauties of your Chinese culture!

Let me tell you about the beauties of my culture! We love big trouble!

That's what you say now! In six months, you'll be looking for the back door!

Oh, no, it's never gonna be over between you and me! You get it?

Go back to your mother, Linda! I'm finished!

Tell her I made a mistake. Do it!

You hear me? Tell her you made a mistake! Don't touch me!

I don't want you here! I don't want you! Get out! Go!

Leave me alone!

Don't look at me like that!

(CRYING)

(THUNDER)

(RATTLING)

Who is it? Who's there?

(SIREN WAILING)

(CLICK)

Who is it?

Who's there?

Hi. I thought I'd improve the view.

Oh, look at the big kung fu man.

First sign of trouble and all he does is quit.

Shut up! Shut up!

See this notebook? Looks like the ones we had in school, right?

Wrong. This is your future.

I don't have any more future.

Sure, you do.

You know, all I keep hearing is the fight took too long.

Too much tradition, too much classical mess, too many fixed positions in Wing Chun.

You know everything that's wrong, so fix it.

Stop whining and start fighting.

Fight back with your mind.

I can't write, I can't move!

You talk, quitter. I'll write.

I'm waiting.

It would take forever.

You goin' anywhere?

I'm not.

Oh, yeah, there's just one more thing.

I'm pregnant.

The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement.

You ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat, but let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.

The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all...

The knowledge and skill you have achieved are meant to be forgotten.

So you can float...

To obtain enlightenment in martial art means the extinction of everything which...

The way to transcend karma lies in the proper use of the mind and the will.

Jeet kune do is not to hurt, but is one of the avenues through which life opens its secrets to us.

Relaxation is essential for faster and more powerful punching.

Let your lead punch shoot up loosely and...

(GRUNTING)

And what? "Loosely and" what?

Loosely and easily!

"Easily." okay.

Do not tighten up or clench your fists until the moment of impact.

Aah! Aah.

Okay, come on. Come on.

All punches should end with a snap several inches behind the target.

Okay.

Morning, ladies!

Congratulations, Mr. Lee.

Thank you.

Yaaoow-toh-unh! Wah!


Hey, kiddo.

He's too young to shave.

They aren't shaving mirrors. They're called pat kwa.

Pat kwa?

They're like gargoyles on churches.

You put them around to ward off evil spirits.

I wanna call him Brandon.

Brandon.

That's good.

Do you wanna hold him?

(BRANDON CRIES)


Oh, look at daddy.

Hey, big guy.

Come on up here. Shh!

He's so tiny. Hi, baby.

Don't be afraid. He's so tiny.

You're beautiful.

Bruce? Bruce, come here! It came!

Yeah?

Look! It's here, it's here, it's here!

Oh. Open it! Open it up quick!

(LAUGHING)

Whoa!

It's your book! It's your book.

LINDA: Look at that.

(LAUGHING)

(KNOCK AT DOOR)

Okay, hold on. I'll get it.

Hi.

(SIGHING) May I come in?

Why?

I like your hair.

Come on, Mom, I don't wanna chitchat with you.

What are you doing here?

I came to see you and...

Did you come to see me, or did you come to see the yellow baby?

I think maybe I made a mistake.

Brandon, it's Grandma!

Grandma's come to see you! Come on in, Grandma!

There's someone you ought to meet.

Come on.

How are you feeling, Mr. Lee?

Oh, like half-man, half-car.

Glad to hear it.

Linda, your mom's got great legs. Great legs!

He looks...

Well, he... He looks like both of you.

May I?


Oh, come on, sweetheart.

There you go.

Hello. Yes.

You're such a handsome fellah.

He's gorgeous.

MRS. EMERY: He's so sweet.

Oh, yes, you are.

You did good, sweetheart.

You sure did good. Gosh, yes.

Look at you!

(BRANDON comma)

Brandon, you're a strong one. Only you could do this.


BRUCE: The art of jeet kune do is simply to simplify.

It favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms.

Kung fu, karate, tae kwan do.

All the classical styles are attempts to arrest the flux of conflict.

But in actual combat, the opponent doesn't wait for formalities.

He's not a robot, but a human being, fluid and alive.

(CROWD BOOING, CHEERING)

(BOOING)

For instance... For instance!

Like a sculptor who doesn't keep adding clay to a statue, but strips away the inessentials until the truth is revealed.

I have developed a way of fighting with no fixed positions, with no set movements.

(BOOING, CHEERING)

(BOOING CONTINUES)

The fancy mess of martial arts solidifies what was once fluid.

It is nothing but blind devotion to the systematic uselessness of routines that lead nowhere.

(BOOING, SHOUTING)

MAN: Calm down!

(BOOING CONTINUES)

Calm down! Calm down!

(BOOING GETS LOUDER)

Tell him to prove it! Yeah!

Tell him to prove it!

Mr. Lee is not here for competition.

CROWD: (CHANTING) Prove it! Prove it!

All right, calm down, calm down!

Keep it quiet! Mr. Lee...

Prove it! Prove it!

Prove it! Prove it!

Okay!

Okay, I'll prove it.

(CHEERING, APPLAUSE)

I'll need someone to prove it on.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

I'll beat any man in this room in 60 seconds!

(CROWD BOOING)

What?

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

MAN: I'll fight him!

I beat him before!

I beat him again!

(CHEERING, APPLAUSE)

(INDISTINCT TALKING)

(CHEERING, APPLAUSE CONTINUES)

What are you, crazy? The doctor said no more fighting.

They told me I'd never walk again, too.

When will you be happy? When they're right?

Bruce, I'm begging you. If you love me...

This isn't about you and me.

Fine!

But I'm not going through this again, do you understand me?

You get hurt, you're on your own.

Don't go too far, hon!

It'll be over in 60 seconds.

(CHEERING, BOOING GROW LOUDER)


This is a challenge match to prove Mr. Lee's theories on jeet kune do.

Sixty seconds.

(YELLING, CHEERING)

Bow to the judges.

Bow to each other.

Begin!


(HEART BEATING)

(TICKING)

Yaaaaaah!

Woo-aaahh!


MAN: Jeez! Jeez!


(APPLAUSE)

ALL: (CHANTING) Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee!

Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee!

Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee!

Yeah!

Hey, Mr. Lee!

Bill Krieger's the name. You looked pretty great out there today.

No, he didn't. He was too slow. He took too long.

(LAUGHTER)

You looked pretty fast to me.

You think you can do some of that stuff in front of a camera?

I'm a TV producer and...

Right, and I'm Marvin Gaye.

(LAUGHTER)

I'm casting my new series. It's called The Green Hornet, and I think we could use you.

So, d'you hear I bought a house on the beach?

Right in Malibu. I'm tellin' ya, I got 120 yards of sand as my front yard.

That's too tight. I can sell the stunt.

You don't have to cut off the circulation.

Cal, run him through the scene.

As soon as you get your cue light, you come through that door.

Then you work your way down this catwalk here.

Be real careful as you negotiate this corner.

I want you to get down these steps as fast as you can.

(CHUCKLING) Not too fast.

I don't want you to tumble. I don't want to lose you on the first show.

When you get to this landing, do you think you could take these five steps all at once?

I'll try.

Atta boy.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: First positions, everybody!

(BELL RINGING)

Hey, can you tell it's me?

I just talked to the network. They love the dailies. They love 'em.

Don't they always? Yeah. Listen, there's, uh...

There's one small problem.

Lemme call you back.

Yeah, what is it?

Uh, it's this guy Lee.

You know, he's awfully... Oriental.

He's supposed to be oriental. Yeah.

He's playing an oriental.

I know, I know. What?

Kato is oriental.

I know, I know.

Uh, can you just make sure he keeps the mask on?

Roll sound! Roll camera!

And mark it!

Action!

All right, Green Hornet, where's the secret formula?

Where it belongs.

Okay, have it your way.

(FLAME IGNITING)

(GULP)

Kato!

Good work, Kato!

(BOING)

(YELLING)

Good work, Kato! (GUNSHOT)

Ow! Ow!

Hey, hey, hey, hey!

Good work, Kate.

Thanks, boss.

Huh? Ah, cut, cut, cut!

(ALARM BUZZES)

That's a print.

Thought that'd be a little more exciting.

BRUCE: If he came from Hong Kong, he'd end up in San Francisco.

KRIEGER: I don't wanna do the urban thing.

BRUCE: We helped with the rail roads.

How about the Wild West?

Okay, great. The Wild West.

Okay.

Chinese immigrant wanders the land.

He's a good guy, a hero.

Of course he's a hero. He's the star of the show.

He wanders the land solving problems.

Every week he solves a problem.

With no gun. Just his hands.

That's good. That's great. No gun.

He's looking for something.

His father. He lost his father who came ahead of him.

No, no, not the father. The father thing has been done to death.

He's searching for his brother.

Good.

Searching for his brother. He never finds him.

Not until the fifth year.

He wanders the land, searching for his brother, solving problems with no gun.

And he has something no one else has ever seen.

Kung Fu! Starring Bruce Lee.

Kung Fu! Uh-huh.

He remembers what he was taught in the old country by his teacher, and teaches people his culture.

After he's kicked the shit out of everybody. Fantastic!

We've got action, culture! It's a western!

But it's an eastern.

It's an eastern. Right. It's an eastern.

They're gonna love it. This thing's gonna run forever!

- Kung Fug Kung Fu!

(MAKING FIGHTING SOUNDS)

Easy, easy.

(HORN HONKING)

Wow.

You steal Steve McQueen's car?

He stole mine.

Come on, get in. We're late.

Okay.

What? Linda. Hey.

I...

You do the clutch, I'll work the stick.

(GEARS GRINDING)

(CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' PLAYING)

♪ All the leaves are brown

♪ And the sky is gray

♪ I've been for a walk

♪ On a winter's day

♪ I'd be safe and warm

♪ If I was in L.A.

♪ California dreamin'

♪ On such a winter's day ♪ KRIEGER: Bruce! Linda!

So glad you guys could make it. Go on in. We'll be right down.

LINDA: Okay.

BUTLER: This way, please.

♪ Well, I got down on my knees

♪ Got down on my knees

♪ And I pretended to pray

♪ I pretended to pray

♪ You know the preacher likes the coast

♪ Preacher likes the coast

♪ He knows I'm gonna stay

♪ Knows I'm gonna stay

♪ California dreamin'

♪ California dreamin' ♪ Excuse me, Mr. Krieger, there's a phone call.

♪ On such a winter's day ♪ Excuse me.

(MUSIC CONTINUES)

Did I ever tell you I was the cha-cha champion of Hong Kong?

About 15,000 times.

Did I ever tell you I was pregnant?

Once.

Make that twice. (LAUGHING)

Hold it, everybody! Hold it!

(MUSIC, CHATTER STOPS)

KRIEGER: Hold it!

I know the timing is lousy, but, uh, I wanted you to hear it first from me personally.

The show's been canceled.

(CROWD GROANING, GASPING)

What? Oh, no.

I know it's a bummer, but we'll finish out the last episodes, and, uh, that'll be that.

I'm sorry.

(INDISTINCT MURMURING)

Enjoy the rest of the party.

Bill and I will just roll into Kung Fu!

One, two, cha-cha-cha.

One, two, cha-cha-cha. One and two and three and four.

And one and two and three and four. One, two, cha-cha-cha.

BRUCE: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

So what are they saying at the network about Kung Fu?

Right.

And when do you think they'll know?

Oh, Bill, Bill, Bill. What about dinner?

Call me back.

They still haven't made any decisions on the show.

Still looks good.

Good.

Don't worry.

Who else are they gonna get, Mickey Rooney?

I'm not worried.

I'm not worried.

(THEME MUSIC PLAYING)


(TELEPHONE RINGING)

(RINGING)

Hello?

Really?

TELEVISION: As quickly as you can, snatch the pebble from my hand.

All right.

Okay.

When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave.

What's wrong, honey?

My father's dead.

(CYMBALS CLINKING, PRIEST CHANTING)

(THUNDERCLAP)


(WEEPING)


BRUCE: It comes, it goes.

SIFU: In your dream?

BRUCE: No, I'm always awake. It's not a dream, sifu.

When your father first brought you here, he told me everything.

He wanted you to learn wing chun to protect yourself against man and other forces.

I thought that was all superstition.

Superstition is a name the ignorant give to their ignorance.

You were special then, and you're special now.

That's why the demon wants you.

(REPLACING SWORD IN SHEATH)

We have spent a lot of time together, preparing you for this.

Good. Good.

(CHUCKLING) Very good.

What if I won't fight him?

You have no choice.

You're fighting for more than yourself.

What are you saying, sifu?

As I told you, this demon is your inner fear.

It doesn't matter how many men you defeat.

If you don't conquer your own fears, you will pass your demons on to your children, as your father passed his on to you.

No.

You will fight him.

When you are at your absolute peak, he will come to you.

When the monsoon blow, be prepared.

(BRAKES SCREECHING)

(INDISTINCT SHOUTING)

(SHOUTING IN CANTONESE)

(PANTING)

(SHOUTING IN CANTONESE)

(PANTING) Mr. Lee! Mr. Lee!

I've been chasing you all over Hong Kong.

You should buy a car.

Just a joke.

I'm Philip Tan.

I'm a producer. I want to make a picture with you.

Talk is cheap. Pictures are expensive.

I'm on the level.

You're Kato, and over here, Kato has a small but loyal following.

Something we can build on. (PANTING CONTINUES)

They don't call your show The Green Hornet. It's called The Karo Show.

Did you know that? Well, it's true.

When I hear Kato is in town, I consider it a good omen.

I've got to get back to my family.

Leave tomorrow.

I've been away for so long.

I'll buy you a new ticket, first class.

I'll take care of everything. One more day, please.

You can't lose.

What's the movie?

(INDISTINCT CHATTER, SHOUTING)

(SPEAKING CANTONESE)

Action! Action!

Action!

(CAMERA WHIRRING)


My brother can't talk right.

He can't walk right.

You have dishonored my family.

I have sworn to kill you.

Swearing is easy.

(DIRECTOR SPEAKING CANTONESE)

I read your book. I know all your tricks.

Let's see how well you've learned your lesson.

Haaah! Waah! Waah!

Aah! Aaaaah!

(BUZZ SAW WHIRRING)


Aaah!

Yaaaah!

Yaaaaaah!

(BONE BREAKING)

(GROANING)


(CHILDREN SCREAMING) (BRUCE LAUGHING)

(CHILDREN CHATTERING, INDISTINCT)

It's so hot in here, I like to put my dolly in the refrigerator.

Yeah, that was fun!

We missed you!

I missed you too!

I missed you.

I missed you!

(ALL LAUGHING)


(INDISTINCT CHATTER, LAUGHING)

(TRAFFIC NOISE)

GIRL: Hurry up! Over there! (HORN HONKING)

Listen, Cheng, give up.

Cheng!

Ohh!

BRUCE: It's okay, Mei.

(END CREDITS MUSIC RISES)

Let's get out of here before they lynch us.

(SNIFFLING)

(AUDIENCE APPLAUDING)


(LAUGHING)

Yeah! Hey!

Bruce!

Linda!

Bruce!

Bruce!

(INAUDIBLE)

(CHEERING, SCREAMING CONTINUES)

ALL: (CHANTING) Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee!


Daddy's taking me to the circus!

Oh, my.

(SPEAKING CANTONESE)

Okay, Brandon, go change. Don't keep daddy waiting.

Okay!

(MEN SPEAKING CANTONESE)

Okay, back! Back! Number two. Number two.

It's okay.

Come on, big boy.

Come on.

(GRUNTING) Your bed is so much more cozy. Come on.

We'll go up to your bed with the covers and everything.

(BRUCE SPEAKING CANTONESE)

(SPEAKING CANTONESE)

(INDISTINCT CHATTER, SHOUTING)

♪ Like a rubber-necked giraffe

♪ You look into my past

♪ Well, baby, you're... ♪ Somewhere there's gotta be a series in all this.

♪ I'm up in the spotlight ♪

(MUSIC CONTINUES)

Three minutes. It's like doing 200 push-ups.

♪ Whoa, altitude really gets to me ♪ Wanna try?

Uh, no thanks.

You might turn it up and try to electrocute me.

The thought crossed my mind.

Justifiable homicide, some might say.

What do you want, Bill?

You didn't come here to discuss old times.

I came to discuss new times.

There's somebody I want you to meet. His name is Freddie Weintraub.

We've got a project for you.

What's the matter, David Carradine turn you down?

No, Fred's got a script. It's called Enter the Dragon.

We're gonna shoot it here, but it's your ticket back to America.

It's a feature.

A Hollywood feature.

With all the trimmings. Hmm?

WOMAN: Hey!

(CLANGING)

(BANGING)

(INDISTINCT SHOUTING)

(CAR APPROACHES, STOPS)

(DOOR OPENS, CLOSES)


(SIGHS)

It's okay.

I'm awake.

I was working on Game of Death.

Lost track of time.

The kids okay?

Don't you ever get tired of asking that question?

Linda, we've been through this before.

I don't have a choice.

You might not, but I do.

I'm taking the kids and going home for a while.

Home's here for now.

No. Here is where we watch you work.

What do you want me to do?

I want you to come with us.

Forget it.

I worked in America for 10 years and what did it get me?

It got me nothing.

It got you me.

Oh, man.

They got such a good line of bullshit.

"Come and get it!" "America, the mountain of gold!"

"It's for everybody!" Yeah, it's for everybody white!

But they don't tell you that! You gotta read the small print!

If you can read.

I am not America.

Your kids are not America. Don't push us away.

We're going.

I want you to come with us.

I want the kids to have a father again.

Don't lay any guilt trips on me!

I'm not taking any guilt trips!

This place is eating us up!

Can't you see that, Bruce?

This place has given us a life!

I'm somebody here! I'm special!

Back there, I'm just another gook!

Just another wetback, Charlie Chan, slopehead, coolie dishwasher in a stinking chinkie restaurant!

(CRASHING) BRANDON: Mom!

(IN STEREOTYPICAL VOICE) Starch your shirt, mister white man?

Please? No tickee, no shirtee!

Order one from column "a" and one from column "b."

Mommy!

Me happy to build the rail roads, to dig the mines for you, mister white man!

Yooaaaahhh!

Mommy, I'm scared! What's happening?

Is that who I am?

Is it? Tell me! Tell me that's who I am!

(SHANNON CRYING)

I don't know who the hell you are anymore!

(CRYING CONTINUES)

Do you?

BRANDON: Mommy, what's happening?

(ENGINE STARTING)

Weintraub's script is called Enter the Dragon. I read it. It's really good.

I thought we were partners. I made you my partner!

We are partners!

I told him without you, no deal.

"A co-production in association with Philip Tan"?

That's an insult!

You could get more.

It's not about getting more. We don't need them!

Yes, we do.

It's Warner Brothers, big budget, in English, with international distribution!

Don't sell me, Bruce! Don't sell a salesman!

Do you have an aspirin?

I don't know, man. I don't know how much longer I can keep this up.

You want it so bad, don't you?

You want their love so bad.

Our love's not good enough for you.

When I was a kid, I had all these crazy ideas.

I wanted to show the world the beauty of our culture, to give them a hero.

But a Chinese hero.

You have.

Don't you see that?

I want something else now.

I want to stop breaking my wife's heart.

I want to play with my children without having to look at the clock.

They're American.

I need to get back to America or I'll lose them.

If I lose them, nothing means anything.

(WIND BLOWING)

(EXHALING SHARPLY)

(EXHALING)

(RUMBLING)

(MIRRORS BREAKING, CRASHING)

(ELECTRICITY ARCING)

Aah!

(RUMBLING, CRASHING STOPS)

(EXHALING SHARPLY)

(EXHALING)


(GLASS BREAKING)

Aaaah!

Aaaaah!

(SCREAMING)

Look!

Nooo!

Nooooooo!

(SCREAMING CONTINUES)

(SPUTTERING)

BRAN DON: Daddy! Dad!

Dad, come home! Dad!

Brandon, run!

Run, Brandon! Run, Brandon! Go!

Dad! Come on, Dad!

Brandon, run!

Aaah! (SPUTTERING)

(SCREAMING CONTINUES)

Dad! Dad, he's coming! Dad!

Come on, Dad! Dad, he's coming!

Dad!

It's okay, Brandon! It's okay!

Dad!


Now, Brandon, now! Now! Run!

Aaaaaaaaaah!

(SCREAMING CONTINUES)


(NECK SNAPS)

Kind of lost you there for a minute, bud. You okay?

Bruce? You all right? You all right?

(INDISTINCT MURMURING)

(CAR APPROACHING)

(CAR ENGINE STOPS)

(DOOR OPENS)

(SHANNON TALKING, INDISTINCT)

Dad! What are you doing here?

I live here.

(BRANDON GIGGLES)

Hey, can I play with you guys?

Sure.

Daddy, we had a typhoon.

I know.

But it's over now.

BRANDON: Okay, Dad, I'll be the engineer, you be the switcher.

BRUCE: Hey, that sounds great.

Last shot.

Make it great.

Linda, I forgot something.

What?

I forgot to tell you I love you.

You know, I don't think you've ever said that to me before.

Yeah, but I meant it every day.

(SHOUTING)

(SHOUTING STOPS)

(TEACHER SHOUTING)

(SHOUTING IN UNISON)

LINDA: Three weeks before the opening of Enter the Dragon, the film that brought him international fame, Bruce fell into a mysterious coma and died.

He was 32.

Over 25,000 people attended his funeral in Hong Kong, but I buried him back home in America to be close to us.

All these years later, people still wonder about the way he died.

I prefer to remember the way he lived.