Bruce Lee Tribute - Edgar Bonifacio

A Bruce Lee Tribute

"If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of." -Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong and American actor, film director, martial artist, philosopher and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do. An inspiration to many and a legend to the world, Lee is mostly noted for his roles in five films: The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), Way of the Dragon (1972), directed and written by Lee; Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978). He passed away on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32.

”Bruce was just incredible, absolutely fantastic. I learned so much from working with him. I probably enjoyed working with Bruce more than anyone else I’d ever worked with in movies because we were both martial artists. And he was a great, great martial artist. It was very good.” -Jim Kelly

"Real living is living for others." -Bruce Lee

Lee has become a legendary figure known throughout the world, particularly among the Chinese, as he portrayed Chinese culture in his films. As a Chinese-American legend, Lee did more than any other actor in his time to fight for racial equality for Asians living in the United States.

"Training is one of the most neglected phases of athletics. Too much time is given to the development of skill and too little to the development of the individual for participation." -Bruce Lee

At 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) and 64 kg (141 lb), Lee was known for his physical fitness and agility, achieved by using a strict fitness regimen to push his boundaries.

Filmed in 1972 The Way of the Dragon or Return of the Dragon, as it was known in the United States,  was written, produced and directed by Bruce Lee. It told the story of Tang Lung, a man visiting his relatives in Italy and has to help them defend against a brutal group of gangsters trying to take over their restaurant. Chuck Norris acted as Lee's nemesis in the movie, which is widely credited with launching Norris into fame. The final battle is considered nowadays to be one the most extraordinary fight scenes in martial arts film history.

The Legend Continues

Today, July 20th, is the 44th anniversary of Bruce Lee's death so let us remember him as the symbol he was. Lee transformed a generation, his work reached millions of people and even in death his philosophy keeps inspiring thousands to pursue their dreams. The master may be gone but The Legend Continues...

Credits:

Photography:

Edgar Bonifacio


Models:

Daniel Trinh as Bruce Lee

Li Ma as Bolo Yeoung

Santiago saba as Chuck Norris

Morris Rhodes as Jim Kelly

Jimmy Sun as Lao


Assistants:

Irv Dante, Henry Li, Jimmy Sun and Morris Rhodes

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