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After Bruce Lee's tragic death in 1973 something strange happened. Many film studios began to look at Bruce as a cash cow who had gone too early from the film business. He did leave too early, but these studios only cared about the money they could make off his good name. Their only option was to look for Bruce Lee clones and use them for their own kung fu action films to fill the void he left. This wave of film genre became known as "Brucesploitation". From approx 1974-1981, many films were made starring guys with names like "Bruce Li", "Bruce Leong", "Bruce Le", "Bruce K.L. Lea", "Bruce Rhee", "Bruce Thai", "Bruce Lai" and "Dragon Lee". Most of the films were low budget to be shown on double bills with more popular action/kung fu hits playing at the time. Although the Bruce Lee wannabes couldn't completely replicate Bruce's natural charisma and extraordinary martial arts talents, the films they made actually were entertaining in an outrageous Exploitation-ized way. They are actually some of the purest "Grindhouse" genre films that came out in the 1970s and are just one reason why this site was started. Many people would look down on these kinds of films, but here at The Deuce, we not only appreciate them, we downright love em!!
The Clones of Bruce Lee
Real Name: James Ho Chung-Tao. Bruce Li was the most popular of the stand-ins for the legend. He made many films during the 70s. The story goes that had Bruce Lee lived, he and his successor Bruce Li would've been paired up for a series of films.
Real Name: Wong Kin-Lung. Bruce Le began as an actor for Shaw Brothers Studios and later joined the Brucesploitation craze giving Grindhouse audiences his own take on Bruce Lee's iconic persona.
|BRUCE K.L. LEA/BRUCE LEA|
Real Name: Vyachaslev Yaksysnyi. Born 1940, North Korea.
|BRUCE LEONG/BRUCE LEUNG/BRUCE LIANG|