MANILA, Philippines – This July, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of his passing, Discovery Channel pays tribute to one of the most iconic stars of all time – the inimitable Bruce Lee. I AM BRUCE LEE tells the amazing story of the man behind the legend, uncovering his life history, inspiring achievements, enormous impact, unique philosophies and ever-expanding legacy in the world of martial arts, entertainment and beyond, despite his tragic and sudden death at the young age of 32. I AM BRUCE LEE, a two-hour special, premieres on Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m. Encores on Sunday, July 21 at 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Voted as one of the most important people of the 20th century in Time Magazine’s “Time 100”, Bruce is one of the greatest icons to ever enter the public consciousness. Universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, the larger-than-life Bruce continues to shape lives, careers and belief systems up till today. When he died on July 20, 1973, the entire world mourned the passing of a true renaissance man – a shining star and evolved human being. Bruce’s martial arts techniques on film remain unparalleled, while his contribution to the psychology of fighting, the philosophical roots of martial arts and the liberation of the individual have meant that his spirit remains an inspiration to untold numbers of people around the world.
I AM BRUCE LEE offers fans a perspective on Bruce in a way never seen before. The unique documentary presents a rich cinematic view of the life of Bruce, and showcases the best of his groundbreaking martial arts action films, punctuated with an evocative score and rarely seen archival footage.
I AM BRUCE LEE also features heartfelt interviews and unprecedented conversations with people who knew him intimately, including his daughter Shannon Lee and wife Linda Lee Caldwell, along with a broad array of international stars from the worlds of entertainment and sports whose lives have been forever altered by the legend: basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Academy Award nominated actor and retired boxer, Mickey Rourke, award-winning actor Ed O’Neill, The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, as well as legendary martial artists Dan Inosanto, Richard Bustillo, Bob Wall, and Gene LeBell, among others. With previously unseen home movies and interviews, classic photos, and dynamic visuals and graphics, I AM BRUCE LEE is the first film to truly tell Bruce Lee’s story in his own words and actions.
This is the definitive story of a remarkable personality who will continue to be honoured and remembered for his enduring legacy, revealing why Bruce’s flame burns brighter now than the day he died almost four decades ago. I AM BRUCE LEE is a compelling look at the one who started it all. Prepare to be inspired by his incredible story.