Brucesploitation

Brucesploitation

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Overview

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

BRUCE LI
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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.
Blind Fist of Bruce | Bruce Against Iron Hand | Bruce Lee Vs. The Supermen | Bruce Lee in New Guinea | Bruce Lee the Invincible | Bruce Lee, A Dragon Story | Bruce Lee, We Miss You | Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth | Bruce Li's Magnum Fist | Deadly Strike | Dynamo | Edge of Fury | Enter Three Dragons | Enter the Panther | Exit The Dragon, Enter The Tiger | Fist of Fury II | Fist of Fury III | Fists of Bruce Lee | Goodbye Bruce Lee: His Last Game of Death | Image of Bruce Lee | Return of the Tiger | Soul Brothers of Kung Fu | Story of the Dragon | The Chinese Stuntman | The Iron Dragon Strikes Back | The Ming Patriots | The Young Bruce Lee


BRUCE LE
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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 Le Strikes Back | Bruce Le Vs. Ninja | Bruce Le's Greatest Revenge | Bruce Vs. Bill | Bruce and Shaolin Kung Fu | Bruce and the Dragon Fist | Bruce and the Shaolin Bronzemen | Bruce the Superhero | Bruce's Deadly Fingers | Bruce's Fist of Vengeance | Cameroon Connection | Challenge of the Tiger | Cold Blooded Murder | Enter Another Dragon | Enter Three Dragons | Enter the Game of Death | Legend of Bruce Lee | My Name Called Bruce | Re-enter the Dragon | Return of Bruce | Return of Red Tiger | Super Gang | The Big Boss 2 | The Clones of Bruce Lee | Treasure of Bruce Le


BRUCE LAI
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Real Name: Chang Yi Tao
Bruce Lee Against Supermen | Enter Three Dragons | The Clones of Bruce Lee


BRUCE K.L. LEA/BRUCE LEA
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Real Name: Jun Chong
Bruce Lee Fights Back From the Grave | Enter Three Dragons


DRAGON LEE
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Real Name: Vyachaslev Yaksysnyi. Born 1940, North Korea.
Bruce Lee Fights Again | Bruce Lee's Ways of Kung Fu | Dragon Lee Vs. The Five Brothers | Enter Three Dragons | Enter the Invincible Hero | Kung Fu Fever | Secret Ninja, Roaring Tiger | The Clones of Bruce Lee | The Dragon, the Hero | The Dragon, The Young Master


BRUCE LEONG/BRUCE LEUNG/BRUCE LIANG
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Real Name: Siu-Lung Leung. Born 1948, Hong Kong, China.
Bruce Against Iron Hand | Kung Fu Superman | The Dragon Lives Again