There has been a lot of controversy over the upcoming Bruce Lee biopic “Birth of the Dragon” from it not being an authentic retelling of Lee’s encounter with Wong Jack Man to the entire movie being centered around the film’s lead Caucasian character.
Earlier this week, Phillip Ng, the character who plays Bruce Lee in the film, defended his role and the movie from those who criticized the film based on it’s trailer. It would seem, however, that the last and most important word will come from Bruce Lee’s own daughter, Shannon Lee — and her review isn’t a kind one.
On Thursday, Shannon Lee, who manages her late father’s Facebook page and the Bruce Lee Foundation, acknowledged in a post those who have contacted her about the film and after seeing it for herself had this to say:
The post reads:
“A great number of you have written to me with your concerns about Birth of the Dragon. I share your concerns and want to make it clear that Birth of the Dragon was made without my family’s consent or involvement. I have seen the film (out of necessity alone) and, in my opinion and the opinions of many (see link), this film is a travesty on many levels. I think this film is a step backward for Asians in film not to mention that the portrayal of Bruce Lee is inaccurate and insulting. I am disappointed that such a project would be funded and produced. Shannon”
Supporters left comments thanking her on clarifying her stance of a film supposedly about a formative event in the life of her father:
If ever we needed an official review of the movie, there we have it. Shannon Lee has spoken!