Every once in a while, a film comes along that has the power to change lives and alter the course of cinema history. "Citizen Kane," "Casablanca," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and last but not least, "Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave" are among them. This website is about the latter.
When Bruce Lee died in 1973 at the young age of 32, he was Asia's biggest box office draw. His death created a void that many shady producers wanted to fill. Imitators with names like Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Dragon Lee, and many others starred in routinely sub-par kung-fu movies that tried to trick the public into thinking they were seeing a Bruce Lee movie.
"Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave," starring 'Bruce K.L. Lea' and filmed on location in Los Angeles, is one of those movies. Contrary to its title and advertising campaign, it is the story of a Chinese man named Wong Han (Bruce K.L. Lea) who comes to America to see an old friend. He soon becomes friends with 'Susan' (Deborah Chaplin), and eventually finds out that his supposedly deceased pal may have been involved in a crime racket.
Originally titled "The Stranger," "Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave" was given a poorly filmed prologue that actually featured a Lee-imitator bursting from a grave in order to justify the ludicrous title. The theatrical trailer even claimed that the story involved a resurrected Bruce Lee fighting 'the black angel of death.' Therefore, much bad information has been printed about this movie over the years.
Filled with cheesy dialogue, horrible acting, mediocre at best kung-fu, atrocious dubbing, and some truly jarring scenes, "Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave" is all you need for a night of so-bad-it's-good kung-fu entertainment. Currently in the public domain, it can be found on dozens of cheap DVDs and videos.