Bruce Lee is also one of these bright candles that burned bright yet blew out fast. With the exception of some work as a background player in several Chinese films, Lee did very little in the area of film. He only had four completed movies and one that was partially finished when he died at the age of 32 in 1973. He also co-starred in a few TV shows. Most notably of which was The Green Hornet as Kato, Green Hornet's hard fighting sidekick.
Before Bruce Lee broke into Hollywood, Kung Fu was a lesser known, hardly respected sub-genre few knew much about. After his Western break through Enter the Dragon and subsequent shocking death, Kung Fu was everywhere, including wannabe Bruce Lees popping up attempting to cash in on the style and name. Many movies tried to put some martial arts in there, even when it wasn't needed (here's looking at you, The Man with the Golden Gun). This demonstrates how well regarded and influential Lee was to the world of martial arts.
An argument could be made that Lee already peaked with Enter the Dragon because it is hard to imagine there being a better martial arts film than this one. Sure, it's Dr. No meets Kung Fu, but it works so well to showcase everything Lee had to offer the world. It's such a shame he never got to see the outcome and enjoy the success of breaking through in America. We'll never know what might have been, only that his star power was enough to light a fire for all things related to what he believed in: exercise and physical fitness combined with a healthy spirit.
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