Anecdotes of The Little Dragon (Part 1 of 2)

Anecdotes of The Little Dragon (Part 1 of 2)

LJF
Joined: December 6th, 2014, 3:05 am

April 15th, 2017, 10:38 am #1

The following is a compilation of some anecdotes of the little dragon as shared by his HK friends and colleagues:

1. Pang Him
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(GH’s South Korea Production Manager cum BL’s International Manager)

“I got to know Bruce through Raymond Chow in 1972. Later, Chow asked me to help Bruce to prepare the location filming for “Game of Death” in South Korea. Bruce was a charismatic star with great sense of humor. Earlier on, I’ve recommended Ji Han Jae, the Korean Hapkido master to play the pagoda guardian in “Game of Death.” Raymond Chow and Bruce then wanted me to help them find great Karate fighters who could kill bull with bare hands. But they were not satisfied with the Korean fighters I found for them. They thus, sourced elsewhere for suitable candidate. Also, Bruce hoped I could help him promote his Jeet Kune Do in South Korea because of my good connections there. He hoped JKD could flourish over the world and South Korea was a good place to promote his art since many people learnt Taekwondo and Hapkido. However, Bruce passed away suddenly in 1973 and was not able to realize his dreams. Upon his death, nearly a hundred South Korean construction workers who were in the midst of building the “Death pagoda” set, all turned to face the south (HK) before bowing thrice to pay respect to the late Kung Fu superstar.” ......(Wenweipo, 11th Mar 2013)


2. Bruce Liang
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(HK famous 70s Kung Fu film star; two times HK Karate Free Sparring champions)

“During filming of “Hapkido” (1972), I encountered a highly-skilled Hapkido master from South Korea (i.e. Hwang In-Shik) who possessed 7th dan in Hapkido, 6th dan in Taekwondo and was specialized in kicking, grappling and throwing techniques. He was also known as the “King of Left Kicking.” This fellow was very cocky and despised other HK actors. I was very young and hot-blooded then and really couldn’t stand his air of arrogance. So, I challenged him to fight. Unfortunately, I fought and lost to him twice. This really upset me for days. One day, I met Bruce Lee in the studio and he learnt from me about the whole incident. Lee told me not to worry and assured me that justice will be served. Not long later, Lee invited Hwang to star in his movie, WOTD. Then about a month later, I met Lee again. He came over to me with a big grin and whispered to me, “Hey, I beat him up!” Lee kept his promise and I really admired him whenever I think about this incident.”

”If you watch WOTD, you’ll notice actually Lee and Hwang In-Shik were almost fighting for real. Many audiences might think that Hwang didn’t maximize his real ability. What was the reason that Hwang looked absolutely weak and was subdued totally by Lee??? You must know that both possessed real Kung Fu and if Lee wanted Hwang to lose, Hwang, being a proud and arrogant guy would reject. Hence, like what Lee said, he had fought and beaten Hwang. That’s why he was submissive to Bruce (Note: This was backed up by Robert Chan and Tony Liu who witnessed the real fight behind the scene). In WOTD, he couldn’t even stand a strike or blow from Lee. Hwang was real fast and mean but Lee was even faster and meaner than him.” ......(Chinese Daily Headlines – Kknews, 4th Dec 2016)

3. John Liu (aka Lau Chung-Leung)
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(“Super Kicker” of the 70’s Kung Fu films; student of “Flash Legs” Dorian Tan Tao-Liang; two times IKU Karate champions in Long Beach (1964 & 1967); beat Chuck Norris in an exhibition bout in 1976; founder of his own martial arts system, Zen Kwun Do with his own martial arts school in Paris, France.)

“Both Bruce and I were actually “Martial Arts Champions.” In 1967, we participated in the Long Beach International Karate Tournament. I won the IKU Karate championship while Bruce won the Kung Fu Exhibition Champion (Demonstrations). There’s where we got to know each other. I always tried to avoid talking martial arts with Bruce because I found that he was really a martial arts fanatic and would be deeply engrossed talking about it non-stop. He was also very obstinate in certain of his perceptions. I knew Bruce always wanted to be the best in that arena and would never settle for a no. 2 place. Furthermore, Bruce loved to spar with anyone even opponents twice his size because that was what his martial arts philosophy emphasized – practical fighting. Bruce’s overall achievement was remarkable. I’m teaching martial arts in France and if it wasn’t for Bruce’s Kung Fu influence, many French would still be looking down on the Chinese due to our past poor sick men’s image. Now, it has changed completely because of Bruce.” ......(Chinese Tianya, 1st May 2016; adapted from HK Commercial Daily, 26th Apr 1977)

4. Dorian Tan (aka Tan Tao-Liang)
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(HK 70s “Super Kicker” action star; 3 times Korean National TKD Champions and 1 time World TKD Champion; former close bodyguard of the South Korean President; dubbed “Flash Legs” for his incredible execution of continuous fiery kicks on the ground and in the air; notable students include John Liu, Yuen Biao and Shannon Lee, daughter of the late Bruce Lee)

“There’s a speculation over the years in HK that a young action star who was a 3 times TKD champion once challenged Bruce to a duel in the early 70’s. Bruce defeated him in just 2 rounds. It was claimed that the HK media had coverage on that duel and that this young action star who dared to challenge Bruce was Dorian Tan and from there, Tan propelled to fame and began his movie career. In 2006, HK newspapers reported (with photos) that Tan and his 26 years old son were involved in a dispute and big fight at a HK Western restaurant. The then 60 years old Tan used his TKD to fight 10 guys and suffered minor injuries. His spectacular skills at his age were considered truly amazing. The restaurant owner, Ms Tammy, a Turkish, who witnessed the entire brawl said, ‘The fight was even more exciting than any Kung Fu movie I’ve watched. But he and his son had made a mess of my restaurant and I shall make them pay for the losses.”

Dorian Tan said: “After the HK restaurant incident, HK papers began to carry reports that I once challenged Bruce Lee and lost to him a few decades ago. I really don’t know why there’s such a speculation. It didn’t happen at all. Many of my U.S. students called me up for clarification after they heard this rumor. They asked me whether I was being defeated by Bruce Lee…… (smiled awkwardly). This whole incident really hurts me and I always wanted to clarify this rumor for a very long time. It’s an insult to any martial arts practitioner especially ‘verdict’ is given to who’s the winner and who’s the loser for a fight that has never taken place. Frankly, I really didn’t know Bruce much. I only met him once at a HK restaurant and we didn’t speak for more than a sentence. But I honestly think that he was a great martial artist and admire his immense passion for both martial arts and movies. It was Bruce that people over the world first got to know Kung Fu and many martial artists, like me got a chance to star in the Kung Fu movies. For this, I’m always grateful to him.”......(Chinese Yidu Read01, 7th May 2016)

5. Bowie Wu Fung (aka Wu Gar Sau, Woo Fong)
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(Veteran HK Cantonese matinee idol in the 50’s and 60’s; was nicknamed the "Dance King" for his great dancing skills; close celebrity friend and Cantonese co-star of Bruce)

“I got to know Bruce when he was still a teenager. We have played along in the 1956 Cantonese movies, ‘The Wise Guys Who Fooled Around’ and ‘Too Late For Divorce.’ Bruce and I had great fun working together. I remember the teenaged Bruce once had a crush on this beautiful actress called Christine Pai Lu-Ming who played along us in “The Wise Guys Who Fooled Around.” Bruce always stuck around Christine Pai, so the crews and I would always tease him. Bruce was embarrassed and was quite pissed off. He then went abroad for his further study in the late 50’s.”

“After Bruce returned to HK from the U.S. in 1970, I treated him with great hospitality. I remember accompanied him around to watch many HK locally made swords-fighting and martial arts movies. But none was able to meet up with his expectation. Bruce then told me proudly with his thumb pointing to his nose, “If I’ll to return to HK to make movies, I’ll definitely be the hottest and the highest paid actor!” I wasn’t surprised by what he said because Bruce was always full of confidence. His predictions came true ultimately.”

“Bruce was a hyperactive guy and would train constantly. He often asked me to hit him but before I make my move, he had already known my intention and intercepted me way before I could react. He was damn fast. My impression of Bruce was that he was a straightforward and positive person who was never bogged down by any trifling matters. In HK, we would hang out in various places like Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok. His favorite place probably would be Tsim Sha Tsui because he used to go there frequently.”

“When Bruce moved to Kowloon’s Cumberland in 1972, he called me up and invited me to see his new house. So, I went over to take a look. There was a small pond with a Japanese bridge in his front yard garden which looks glamorous. However, in contrast to the beautiful scenery outside his house, the deco inside his house, I found, was quite “unnatural.” So, I advised him to get some experts to see and adjust the house’s Feng Shui. But Bruce just smiled and said there’s no such need. I remember in his study room, there was either a tiger or leopard (skin) lying in front or at the back of his desk which somehow made one felt uneasy. I told him ‘it’ would sort of ‘obstruct” his destiny.’ Yet, Bruce thought otherwise and ignored my words. He died shortly later. Anyway, today it was really sad to see his house had turned into a sex motel. Personally, I think it would be a fabulous idea that his house be preserved and converted into a museum so that his legacy would continue to flourish.”......(Sina Entertainment News, 4th Nov 2015)

6. Cheng Kam Cheong
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(Renowned 70s HK singer from Malaysia; famous for singing ‘The Big Boss’, ‘Ultraman’, ‘Brother 11th’ and ‘The Bell Rings In the New Zen Temple’; the only singer who sang next to Bruce live on HK-TV.)

“After watching ‘The Big Boss’, I really admired Bruce and his incredible Kung Fu. So, based on its storyline, I wrote a song with the similar title (different from movie’s theme song) to pay tribute to Bruce. This song not only became very popular in HK but also Southeast Asia as soon as the LP was released. I remember Bruce first heard of my song “The Big Boss” when he appeared in one of the TVB’s “Enjoy Yourself Tonight” shows. He liked it so much that he immediately sent someone to look for me and dated me for “Yam Cha” (drink tea or tea time) at the Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. But coincidentally I was tied up with many works then and couldn’t attend the appointment. About a month later, we bumped into each other at the alley of the Broadcast Drive where the former TVB station was situated.”

“Bruce was very friendly. He shook my hand, hugged me and said, “Brother Kam Cheong, try and hit my stomach as hard as you can!” I did and it was like hitting a rock! Then, he showed me his shadowless kick. It almost touched my face and I could feel the wind rushed past my nose tip. His windy shadowless kick was truly amazing. It was the first time we met but we seemed to be like old friends. Then, I thought it wasn’t easy to meet this superstar so I got a reporter near by to help us take a photo with his flashlight camera. But Bruce quickly said, “No photo! No photo!” and took the briefcase under his armpit to block his face. He was really a frank person with true temperament! Luckily, some time later, I got a chance to take a photo with him and “Fatty”- Lydia Shum Tin-Ha at the backstage of the TVB studio.”

“Bruce said he liked my songs and asked me to give him my LP album, “The Big Boss.” I agreed without any hesitation. However, my original LP cover only carried my photos and there wasn’t any Bruce’s Big Boss photo on it which wasn’t appropriate. Thus, I had no choice but to search the black market and finally obtained few of my pirated LP albums with Bruce’s photos on the cover. I then gave them to him as souvenirs. Many fans weren’t aware actually those LPs with Bruce’s photos were all pirated copies (Laugh). It was really funny whenever I think about it. I’m not sure but these pirated LPs might have fetched a higher price than my original LPs in the second hand items auction nowadays mainly because of Bruce’s photos on the cover.”

“In Nov 1972, TVB invited me to sing “The Big Boss” in celebration for its 5th Anniversary. While I was preparing to sing in my Big Boss’s Kung Fu costume, a guy suddenly came out from a giant cake (prop) and surprised everyone on stage. It was Bruce! We were all astonished and delighted as we weren’t informed of Bruce’s impromptu appearance in the program beforehand. In contrast to my old traditional costume, Bruce was dressed in his showy and fashionable suit and simply stood out among the rest. He was really the star of the night and the center of attraction. For me, it was the most memorable moment in my life as I was singing next to the Kung Fu King surrounded by many TVB stars. I remember when I tried to show my kick (which was a kind of awkward) while singing, Bruce smiled amusingly and everyone cheered with laughter. That was a wonderful night where those present won’t forget for the rest of their life.” ......(Apple Daily, 13th Feb 2007)
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April 15th, 2017, 10:43 am #2


7. Cheng Pei-Pei
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(Famous Shaw Brothers’ action actress of the 60’s who was dubbed “Queen of Sword,” “First Lady of HK Kung Fu,” and “Action Queen of Asia” by the media.)

“In early 1971, Shaw Brothers asked me to star in their new movie, “The 14 Amazons” and at the same time GH sent its production manager, Lau Leung-Hwa (Lo Wei’s wife) to the U.S. to get me make a movie for them. But I was pregnant then and my priority was to take care of my family, thus, I declined their kind offers. GH later approached Bruce Lee who was also living in L.A. and they made the deal pretty quick. Bruce then returned to Asia and made “The Big Boss” and became an overnight sensation. The rest is history. I knew Bruce personally and he used to drive to my LA house which wasn’t far from his home. Bruce was a very active, jovial guy and a Kung Fu fanatic. He just couldn’t sit still and I always saw him moving here and there. I remember when we were “yam cha” in a restaurant, he would suddenly ask me to hit his stomach. I thought he was “crazy” so I hit him as hard as I could. However, it was like hitting a steel bar. My hand felt terribly pain and he would keep on laughing. I witnessed his martial arts prowess and he was really incredible. His Kung Fu was definitely real and practical. Jackie Chan and I can’t compare to him. Ours were just some showy and fanciful movements though we do have some Kung Fu backgrounds. But Bruce was the real deal. Before Bruce’s death, GH proposed that Bruce, Jimmy Wang Yu and I make an action movie together, maybe a period movie but it didn’t realize. After Bruce’s death, I shot 2 films for GH, one was “None But The Brave”(1973) starring James Tien and Han Ying-Chieh, directed by Lo Wei and another one was “Whiplash” (1974) which was produced in Taiwan.”......(Tecent News, 18th Jun 2014)


8. Alice Fung (aka Fung Su-Po)
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(HK veteran movie and TV actress; eldest daughter of director Fung Fung, sister of both Petrina Fung Bo-Bo and stuntman/ actor Fung Hark-On; First princess of the “The 7 Princesses of HK Cinema”)

“I co-starred Bruce in “Kid Cheung” (1950) when I was around 4 years old. My father Fung Fung was the director of this film, who also got to play a villain role by the nickname of ‘Flying Dagger Lee.’ In fact, he and Bruce had some exciting performances in the film. My father praised Bruce for being a talented child actor. I remember in a scene where my father slapped Bruce and Bruce didn’t react good enough to get the right take. So, there were many NGs. After the scene was finally completed, Bruce ran off to hide in a corner with tears in his eyes. He didn’t cry loud and later was persuaded by the crew to return to the studio and continue shooting. Then, I saw one of his cheeks was already reddish and swollen. But he acted as if nothing had happened. He was really professional at such a young age.”

“Later, we were shooting the ending scenes at Fanling Railway Station in some early mornings. The place was a country-side back then. During the break, Bruce, me and a few kids slipped into a courtyard nearby to have some fun. While we were plucking fruits from the trees happily, we heard someone shouting at us. It was the owner who had discovered that we were stealing his fruits. Bruce screamed, “Run, run!!!” He ran as fast as he could and disappeared. The rest of us were scared and tried to flee. I was the youngest and the last to run. So, I was being caught and reprimanded by the owner. That’s the only time Bruce left us behind probably he was scared too. Other than that, Bruce was always the first to stand up for us whenever we encountered any problems. He was in fact, considered quite a loyal friend.”

“We all then grew up and took different paths in our life. Bruce later shot to international stardom in the early 70’s but he only enjoyed his fame for a short while and passed on suddenly. I was upset that fate had cut his life short in return for his fame and fortune. It’s a huge price to pay for his success indeed. Maybe it’s all fated. Whenever I think of this, I feel fate is still quite fair to me even though I’ve not attained any fame and was always playing supporting role throughout my whole life but I’m really contented with what I have so far.”......(Chinese Yidu read01, 22nd Jul 2016)


9. Josephine Siao (aka Siao Fong Fong, Siao Liang, Siu Fung Fung)
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(Famous HK film starlet; 50s popular child actress [better known as Oriental Shirley Temple]; along with Connie Chan Po-Chu, were the 2 biggest teen idols in the 60’s; Both Connieand Josephine are 3rd and 4th princess of the “7 princess of HK Silver Screen; won Best Actress at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival [for “Summer Snow”] in 1995; obtained a master's degree in child psychology from Regis University; founded the ‘End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation’, which she now chairs.)

“I got to know Bruce when we made the film, “The Orphan’s Tragedy” in 1953. We got along very well and he was like a big brother to me. We saw each other quite often until he left HK to pursue his study in the U.S. I went to the U.S. around 1970 for my study too. When I returned to HK for vacation in 1972, Bruce had become a superstar star in HK. He invited me over to his new house at Kowloon and there, I got to know Linda. Linda and I got along very well as we were able to share many things in common. Later, I toured Bruce’s house and was amazed to see plenty of books in his study room. From here, I could tell Bruce was thirst for knowledge and was diligent in his quest of knowledge too. It’s a shame that he passed on at such a young age. He was not only an outstanding martial arts genius, a good actor but also a loyal friend. My impression of him was that he was indeed hardworking, constantly striving to improve himself, and was a very knowledgeable man. Through my conversation with him, I found that his words of wisdom were always very philosophical and this utterly displayed his possession of vast knowledge and he was really a well-cultivated gentleman indeed.”

“I remember it was end of 1972 that GH invited me to return to HK to make a movie with Bruce but I was in the midst of my study then and thus, rejected their kind offer. Few months before his death, I returned to HK, Raymond Chow and Bruce invited me for a meal and brought up the same subject again. We discussed about the filming details and finally I agreed to their offer. However, the title and the ending have not been fixed and Bruce just passed away suddenly. When I was at Bruce’s house just a day after his death, Linda told me Bruce had predicted that he wouldn’t live long and his prediction really came true. I was really upset of his untimely death. Maybe every legend dies young so as to stay young forever.” ......(Apolonet News, 13th Mar 2017, adapted from Kung Sheung Man Po, 24th Jul 1973)

(Note: According to Milky Way (Galaxy) Pictorial Issue 185, "Before Bruce’s death in July ‘73, he planned to shoot a film called “Sai Fung.” The script has been ready. He had even invited Josephine Siao Fung-Fung and Pak Yin (both have played along Bruce in his childhood films) to be cast in this film.”)


10. Nancy Sit (aka Sit Kar-Yin)
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(Veteran HK movie and TV actress; popular teen idol in the 60’s alongside Connie Chan Po-Ch and Josephine Siao Fong-Fong; the 5th Princess of the “7 Princesses of HK Cinema”; First actress to be awarded both the “HKSAR Medal of Honor in HK” in 2000 & “Outstanding Woman Professional & Entrepreneur Award” in 2014.)

“The photo of Bruce and I standing together were taken at the studio where I was filming Hapkido in mid 1972. He and his American counterparts – Chuck Norris and Bob Wall visited came and spoke to director, Huang Feng and the crew. There was also a time when I visited WOTD’s filming and took photos with Bruce and Nora in the studio. Like Bruce, I was also a child actress and got to know him since I was a kid. When Bruce returned to HK from the U.S. in the 60s, we always hung out together with Unicorn Chan, Josephine Siao, Connie Chan etc. Bruce also taught us how to dance Cha-Cha. He was really good at it. Sometimes, we would go for a yacht ride out at the sea and enjoyed the refreshing sea breeze and sun tanning. It was our favorite activity. Bruce would tell us a lot of jokes which we have never heard before. He was very funny but could also be very philosophical at times. We all could tell that he was very knowledgeable as he had gone to the university in the U.S. He was like a big brother to us. We really admired Bruce except Josephine Siao who didn’t seem to feel the same way. Maybe she was as intelligent as Bruce and that’s why…(laugh).”

“Unicorn and I were very good friends. He used to stay next door and we often toured around Southeast Asia for stage performances. We were like siblings. He was also a good buddy of Bruce, so, whenever Bruce came to visit us, Unicorn would also tag along. I remember once Bruce went back to the U.S. but the American company did not offer him the role in the “Kung Fu” TV series and instead they got a white actor to replace him in the Chinaman role. Bruce was very disappointed he lost the role after putting in so much effort. He really wanted to save the disgrace by making quality martial arts films in HK. Before this, he had written letters to Unicorn. But the letters were mainly written in English. Unicorn couldn’t understand completely so he passed it to me to let me translate for him. I helped him drafted the letters and mailed back to Bruce. Later, Bruce came back to HK and made “The Big Boss.” He became an overnight sensation. Both Unicorn and I felt happy for him. Now I could still remember the golden words that Bruce once told me, i.e. ‘For an artist, if he is able to earn 10 bucks, he should use only 5 bucks and save the rest for rainy days.’ But I have 3 children, so, I could only use 3 bucks and save the remaining 7 bucks for our daily expenses.” ......(Nandu Weekly, 15th Oct 2013 & TVB – ‘Dragon Roams The World’, 5th Dec 2010)


11. Pearl Tso (aka Tso Mun-Yee, Cho Man-Ngai)
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(Former HK child actress; eldest daughter of HK veteran actor Walter Tso Tat-Wah and Eva Tso (aka Chu Yee-Wah); niece of Tso Yee-Man a famous HK Cantonese actress, director, producer.; was Bruce’s first love in HK according to Robert Lee.)

“My family and Bruce’s family were very close. My father Walter Tso Tat-Wah was a good friend of Bruce’s father, Lee Hoi-Chuen. They all worked in the Cantonese films. Bruce was also the god-son of my mother, Eva Tso. In that sense, Bruce was my god-brother. My mother and Bruce’s mother, Grace Lee were ‘good sisters’ too. They often shopped and dined together. Bruce liked to come to our house and that really made his god-mother, i.e. my mother happy throughout the entire day. He loved practicing Kung Fu and always tried to teach my younger brother, Howard (Tso Lap-Tou) some of his skills.”

“Bruce and I were quite close since we were very young. Although he liked making fun of people but he seldom play pranks on me. He respected me a lot and treated me like a lady. Bruce was really a good Cha Cha dancer. He also practiced his steps with me and later, I became one of his regular dancing partners. Sometimes, we would go dancing at clubs and hotels together with his buddies, Unicorn Chan and Ngan Chai. Bruce also liked to share his thoughts with me. Once he wrote me a letter telling me about his ambition of opening a chain of Kung Fu schools in the U.S., teaching and promoting Chinese Kung Fu to the world. Bruce had dual personality. He could be very playful a moment but became very dead quite another moment. He was serious especially when it came to his ambitions and life goals.”

“We pursued studies at different schools in the U.S. He was at Seattle while I was at San Francisco. My parents, especially my mother tried to arrange and match-made us. It was kind of funny. Her dream was that Bruce and I could tie the knot one day and become one family but Bruce and I never took that idea seriously. Bruce later got married to Linda and had his new family whereas I found my own love as well. Life just moved on. The last time I heard about Bruce was his untimely death in HK. My family and I were totally shocked, almost disbelieved and grieved for a very long time. Like Bruce’s mother, my mother too, was heartbroken. The first time she wept terribly for very long was when Bruce married Linda in the U.S. and the second time was his sudden passing in HK.”......(Sing Dao Daily, 20th Jan 2007)


12. Angela Mao (aka Mao Ying, Mao Fu-Jing)
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(Famous 70s Taiwanese Kung Fu film actress; nicknamed "Lady Whirlwind" and "Lady Kung Fu"; trained in Northern and Southern Kung Fu, Hapkido, Taekwondo etc.; famous for playing Bruce Lee’s sister in Enter the Dragon)

“After completing ETD, Bruce told me he was very pleased with my performances especially my Kung Fu actions. He said I would get to work with him again in his next film which I would play his younger sister, a more substantial role. He had already got the whole story mapped out in his mind and it was just a matter of time for converting it into a script. Thinking about working along this international superstar, I was over the moon. Unfortunately, he died suddenly and there’s never more such great opportunity. It has never crossed my mind that ETD would be the first but also the last movie I got to work with him.

I remember I was in Taiwan for my vacation when I heard about Bruce’s passing. Initially, I couldn’t believe the news of Bruce’s death which was reported over the newspapers and thought that someone must be playing a joke. Bruce was a man of steel and he was in the midst of making “Game of Death” then. How can it be real? But as more and more people discussed about his sudden death, I got really upset about it. I wanted to cry out but just couldn’t do so. In my mind, I was just hoping that his death was only a rumor and it was all mistakenly reported. But as time went on, all the newspapers still kept carrying his death news, I couldn’t help but to accept the truth days later. It was really a time of anguished then...”......(Chinese Sohu, 27th Oct, 2016, adapted from HK Commercial Daily, 8th Sep 1973)


Photos of Bruce Lee and HK stars: https://s21.postimg.org/tsyynv9k7/blstars2.jpg

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April 15th, 2017, 2:14 pm #3

Another great work LJF : BRAVO !
Does exist a pic with Bruce and Cheng Pei Pei together ?
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April 15th, 2017, 2:39 pm #4

The following is a compilation of some anecdotes of the little dragon as shared by his HK friends and colleagues:

1. Pang Him
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(GH’s South Korea Production Manager cum BL’s International Manager)

“I got to know Bruce through Raymond Chow in 1972. Later, Chow asked me to help Bruce to prepare the location filming for “Game of Death” in South Korea. Bruce was a charismatic star with great sense of humor. Earlier on, I’ve recommended Ji Han Jae, the Korean Hapkido master to play the pagoda guardian in “Game of Death.” Raymond Chow and Bruce then wanted me to help them find great Karate fighters who could kill bull with bare hands. But they were not satisfied with the Korean fighters I found for them. They thus, sourced elsewhere for suitable candidate. Also, Bruce hoped I could help him promote his Jeet Kune Do in South Korea because of my good connections there. He hoped JKD could flourish over the world and South Korea was a good place to promote his art since many people learnt Taekwondo and Hapkido. However, Bruce passed away suddenly in 1973 and was not able to realize his dreams. Upon his death, nearly a hundred South Korean construction workers who were in the midst of building the “Death pagoda” set, all turned to face the south (HK) before bowing thrice to pay respect to the late Kung Fu superstar.” ......(Wenweipo, 11th Mar 2013)


2. Bruce Liang
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(HK famous 70s Kung Fu film star; two times HK Karate Free Sparring champions)

“During filming of “Hapkido” (1972), I encountered a highly-skilled Hapkido master from South Korea (i.e. Hwang In-Shik) who possessed 7th dan in Hapkido, 6th dan in Taekwondo and was specialized in kicking, grappling and throwing techniques. He was also known as the “King of Left Kicking.” This fellow was very cocky and despised other HK actors. I was very young and hot-blooded then and really couldn’t stand his air of arrogance. So, I challenged him to fight. Unfortunately, I fought and lost to him twice. This really upset me for days. One day, I met Bruce Lee in the studio and he learnt from me about the whole incident. Lee told me not to worry and assured me that justice will be served. Not long later, Lee invited Hwang to star in his movie, WOTD. Then about a month later, I met Lee again. He came over to me with a big grin and whispered to me, “Hey, I beat him up!” Lee kept his promise and I really admired him whenever I think about this incident.”

”If you watch WOTD, you’ll notice actually Lee and Hwang In-Shik were almost fighting for real. Many audiences might think that Hwang didn’t maximize his real ability. What was the reason that Hwang looked absolutely weak and was subdued totally by Lee??? You must know that both possessed real Kung Fu and if Lee wanted Hwang to lose, Hwang, being a proud and arrogant guy would reject. Hence, like what Lee said, he had fought and beaten Hwang. That’s why he was submissive to Bruce (Note: This was backed up by Robert Chan and Tony Liu who witnessed the real fight behind the scene). In WOTD, he couldn’t even stand a strike or blow from Lee. Hwang was real fast and mean but Lee was even faster and meaner than him.” ......(Chinese Daily Headlines – Kknews, 4th Dec 2016)

3. John Liu (aka Lau Chung-Leung)
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(“Super Kicker” of the 70’s Kung Fu films; student of “Flash Legs” Dorian Tan Tao-Liang; two times IKU Karate champions in Long Beach (1964 & 1967); beat Chuck Norris in an exhibition bout in 1976; founder of his own martial arts system, Zen Kwun Do with his own martial arts school in Paris, France.)

“Both Bruce and I were actually “Martial Arts Champions.” In 1967, we participated in the Long Beach International Karate Tournament. I won the IKU Karate championship while Bruce won the Kung Fu Exhibition Champion (Demonstrations). There’s where we got to know each other. I always tried to avoid talking martial arts with Bruce because I found that he was really a martial arts fanatic and would be deeply engrossed talking about it non-stop. He was also very obstinate in certain of his perceptions. I knew Bruce always wanted to be the best in that arena and would never settle for a no. 2 place. Furthermore, Bruce loved to spar with anyone even opponents twice his size because that was what his martial arts philosophy emphasized – practical fighting. Bruce’s overall achievement was remarkable. I’m teaching martial arts in France and if it wasn’t for Bruce’s Kung Fu influence, many French would still be looking down on the Chinese due to our past poor sick men’s image. Now, it has changed completely because of Bruce.” ......(Chinese Tianya, 1st May 2016; adapted from HK Commercial Daily, 26th Apr 1977)

4. Dorian Tan (aka Tan Tao-Liang)
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(HK 70s “Super Kicker” action star; 3 times Korean National TKD Champions and 1 time World TKD Champion; former close bodyguard of the South Korean President; dubbed “Flash Legs” for his incredible execution of continuous fiery kicks on the ground and in the air; notable students include John Liu, Yuen Biao and Shannon Lee, daughter of the late Bruce Lee)

“There’s a speculation over the years in HK that a young action star who was a 3 times TKD champion once challenged Bruce to a duel in the early 70’s. Bruce defeated him in just 2 rounds. It was claimed that the HK media had coverage on that duel and that this young action star who dared to challenge Bruce was Dorian Tan and from there, Tan propelled to fame and began his movie career. In 2006, HK newspapers reported (with photos) that Tan and his 26 years old son were involved in a dispute and big fight at a HK Western restaurant. The then 60 years old Tan used his TKD to fight 10 guys and suffered minor injuries. His spectacular skills at his age were considered truly amazing. The restaurant owner, Ms Tammy, a Turkish, who witnessed the entire brawl said, ‘The fight was even more exciting than any Kung Fu movie I’ve watched. But he and his son had made a mess of my restaurant and I shall make them pay for the losses.”

Dorian Tan said: “After the HK restaurant incident, HK papers began to carry reports that I once challenged Bruce Lee and lost to him a few decades ago. I really don’t know why there’s such a speculation. It didn’t happen at all. Many of my U.S. students called me up for clarification after they heard this rumor. They asked me whether I was being defeated by Bruce Lee…… (smiled awkwardly). This whole incident really hurts me and I always wanted to clarify this rumor for a very long time. It’s an insult to any martial arts practitioner especially ‘verdict’ is given to who’s the winner and who’s the loser for a fight that has never taken place. Frankly, I really didn’t know Bruce much. I only met him once at a HK restaurant and we didn’t speak for more than a sentence. But I honestly think that he was a great martial artist and admire his immense passion for both martial arts and movies. It was Bruce that people over the world first got to know Kung Fu and many martial artists, like me got a chance to star in the Kung Fu movies. For this, I’m always grateful to him.”......(Chinese Yidu Read01, 7th May 2016)

5. Bowie Wu Fung (aka Wu Gar Sau, Woo Fong)
=====================================
(Veteran HK Cantonese matinee idol in the 50’s and 60’s; was nicknamed the "Dance King" for his great dancing skills; close celebrity friend and Cantonese co-star of Bruce)

“I got to know Bruce when he was still a teenager. We have played along in the 1956 Cantonese movies, ‘The Wise Guys Who Fooled Around’ and ‘Too Late For Divorce.’ Bruce and I had great fun working together. I remember the teenaged Bruce once had a crush on this beautiful actress called Christine Pai Lu-Ming who played along us in “The Wise Guys Who Fooled Around.” Bruce always stuck around Christine Pai, so the crews and I would always tease him. Bruce was embarrassed and was quite pissed off. He then went abroad for his further study in the late 50’s.”

“After Bruce returned to HK from the U.S. in 1970, I treated him with great hospitality. I remember accompanied him around to watch many HK locally made swords-fighting and martial arts movies. But none was able to meet up with his expectation. Bruce then told me proudly with his thumb pointing to his nose, “If I’ll to return to HK to make movies, I’ll definitely be the hottest and the highest paid actor!” I wasn’t surprised by what he said because Bruce was always full of confidence. His predictions came true ultimately.”

“Bruce was a hyperactive guy and would train constantly. He often asked me to hit him but before I make my move, he had already known my intention and intercepted me way before I could react. He was damn fast. My impression of Bruce was that he was a straightforward and positive person who was never bogged down by any trifling matters. In HK, we would hang out in various places like Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok. His favorite place probably would be Tsim Sha Tsui because he used to go there frequently.”

“When Bruce moved to Kowloon’s Cumberland in 1972, he called me up and invited me to see his new house. So, I went over to take a look. There was a small pond with a Japanese bridge in his front yard garden which looks glamorous. However, in contrast to the beautiful scenery outside his house, the deco inside his house, I found, was quite “unnatural.” So, I advised him to get some experts to see and adjust the house’s Feng Shui. But Bruce just smiled and said there’s no such need. I remember in his study room, there was either a tiger or leopard (skin) lying in front or at the back of his desk which somehow made one felt uneasy. I told him ‘it’ would sort of ‘obstruct” his destiny.’ Yet, Bruce thought otherwise and ignored my words. He died shortly later. Anyway, today it was really sad to see his house had turned into a sex motel. Personally, I think it would be a fabulous idea that his house be preserved and converted into a museum so that his legacy would continue to flourish.”......(Sina Entertainment News, 4th Nov 2015)

6. Cheng Kam Cheong
===================
(Renowned 70s HK singer from Malaysia; famous for singing ‘The Big Boss’, ‘Ultraman’, ‘Brother 11th’ and ‘The Bell Rings In the New Zen Temple’; the only singer who sang next to Bruce live on HK-TV.)

“After watching ‘The Big Boss’, I really admired Bruce and his incredible Kung Fu. So, based on its storyline, I wrote a song with the similar title (different from movie’s theme song) to pay tribute to Bruce. This song not only became very popular in HK but also Southeast Asia as soon as the LP was released. I remember Bruce first heard of my song “The Big Boss” when he appeared in one of the TVB’s “Enjoy Yourself Tonight” shows. He liked it so much that he immediately sent someone to look for me and dated me for “Yam Cha” (drink tea or tea time) at the Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. But coincidentally I was tied up with many works then and couldn’t attend the appointment. About a month later, we bumped into each other at the alley of the Broadcast Drive where the former TVB station was situated.”

“Bruce was very friendly. He shook my hand, hugged me and said, “Brother Kam Cheong, try and hit my stomach as hard as you can!” I did and it was like hitting a rock! Then, he showed me his shadowless kick. It almost touched my face and I could feel the wind rushed past my nose tip. His windy shadowless kick was truly amazing. It was the first time we met but we seemed to be like old friends. Then, I thought it wasn’t easy to meet this superstar so I got a reporter near by to help us take a photo with his flashlight camera. But Bruce quickly said, “No photo! No photo!” and took the briefcase under his armpit to block his face. He was really a frank person with true temperament! Luckily, some time later, I got a chance to take a photo with him and “Fatty”- Lydia Shum Tin-Ha at the backstage of the TVB studio.”

“Bruce said he liked my songs and asked me to give him my LP album, “The Big Boss.” I agreed without any hesitation. However, my original LP cover only carried my photos and there wasn’t any Bruce’s Big Boss photo on it which wasn’t appropriate. Thus, I had no choice but to search the black market and finally obtained few of my pirated LP albums with Bruce’s photos on the cover. I then gave them to him as souvenirs. Many fans weren’t aware actually those LPs with Bruce’s photos were all pirated copies (Laugh). It was really funny whenever I think about it. I’m not sure but these pirated LPs might have fetched a higher price than my original LPs in the second hand items auction nowadays mainly because of Bruce’s photos on the cover.”

“In Nov 1972, TVB invited me to sing “The Big Boss” in celebration for its 5th Anniversary. While I was preparing to sing in my Big Boss’s Kung Fu costume, a guy suddenly came out from a giant cake (prop) and surprised everyone on stage. It was Bruce! We were all astonished and delighted as we weren’t informed of Bruce’s impromptu appearance in the program beforehand. In contrast to my old traditional costume, Bruce was dressed in his showy and fashionable suit and simply stood out among the rest. He was really the star of the night and the center of attraction. For me, it was the most memorable moment in my life as I was singing next to the Kung Fu King surrounded by many TVB stars. I remember when I tried to show my kick (which was a kind of awkward) while singing, Bruce smiled amusingly and everyone cheered with laughter. That was a wonderful night where those present won’t forget for the rest of their life.” ......(Apple Daily, 13th Feb 2007)
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April 15th, 2017, 3:36 pm #5

The following is a compilation of some anecdotes of the little dragon as shared by his HK friends and colleagues:

1. Pang Him
============
(GH’s South Korea Production Manager cum BL’s International Manager)

“I got to know Bruce through Raymond Chow in 1972. Later, Chow asked me to help Bruce to prepare the location filming for “Game of Death” in South Korea. Bruce was a charismatic star with great sense of humor. Earlier on, I’ve recommended Ji Han Jae, the Korean Hapkido master to play the pagoda guardian in “Game of Death.” Raymond Chow and Bruce then wanted me to help them find great Karate fighters who could kill bull with bare hands. But they were not satisfied with the Korean fighters I found for them. They thus, sourced elsewhere for suitable candidate. Also, Bruce hoped I could help him promote his Jeet Kune Do in South Korea because of my good connections there. He hoped JKD could flourish over the world and South Korea was a good place to promote his art since many people learnt Taekwondo and Hapkido. However, Bruce passed away suddenly in 1973 and was not able to realize his dreams. Upon his death, nearly a hundred South Korean construction workers who were in the midst of building the “Death pagoda” set, all turned to face the south (HK) before bowing thrice to pay respect to the late Kung Fu superstar.” ......(Wenweipo, 11th Mar 2013)


2. Bruce Liang
==============
(HK famous 70s Kung Fu film star; two times HK Karate Free Sparring champions)

“During filming of “Hapkido” (1972), I encountered a highly-skilled Hapkido master from South Korea (i.e. Hwang In-Shik) who possessed 7th dan in Hapkido, 6th dan in Taekwondo and was specialized in kicking, grappling and throwing techniques. He was also known as the “King of Left Kicking.” This fellow was very cocky and despised other HK actors. I was very young and hot-blooded then and really couldn’t stand his air of arrogance. So, I challenged him to fight. Unfortunately, I fought and lost to him twice. This really upset me for days. One day, I met Bruce Lee in the studio and he learnt from me about the whole incident. Lee told me not to worry and assured me that justice will be served. Not long later, Lee invited Hwang to star in his movie, WOTD. Then about a month later, I met Lee again. He came over to me with a big grin and whispered to me, “Hey, I beat him up!” Lee kept his promise and I really admired him whenever I think about this incident.”

”If you watch WOTD, you’ll notice actually Lee and Hwang In-Shik were almost fighting for real. Many audiences might think that Hwang didn’t maximize his real ability. What was the reason that Hwang looked absolutely weak and was subdued totally by Lee??? You must know that both possessed real Kung Fu and if Lee wanted Hwang to lose, Hwang, being a proud and arrogant guy would reject. Hence, like what Lee said, he had fought and beaten Hwang. That’s why he was submissive to Bruce (Note: This was backed up by Robert Chan and Tony Liu who witnessed the real fight behind the scene). In WOTD, he couldn’t even stand a strike or blow from Lee. Hwang was real fast and mean but Lee was even faster and meaner than him.” ......(Chinese Daily Headlines – Kknews, 4th Dec 2016)

3. John Liu (aka Lau Chung-Leung)
============================
(“Super Kicker” of the 70’s Kung Fu films; student of “Flash Legs” Dorian Tan Tao-Liang; two times IKU Karate champions in Long Beach (1964 & 1967); beat Chuck Norris in an exhibition bout in 1976; founder of his own martial arts system, Zen Kwun Do with his own martial arts school in Paris, France.)

“Both Bruce and I were actually “Martial Arts Champions.” In 1967, we participated in the Long Beach International Karate Tournament. I won the IKU Karate championship while Bruce won the Kung Fu Exhibition Champion (Demonstrations). There’s where we got to know each other. I always tried to avoid talking martial arts with Bruce because I found that he was really a martial arts fanatic and would be deeply engrossed talking about it non-stop. He was also very obstinate in certain of his perceptions. I knew Bruce always wanted to be the best in that arena and would never settle for a no. 2 place. Furthermore, Bruce loved to spar with anyone even opponents twice his size because that was what his martial arts philosophy emphasized – practical fighting. Bruce’s overall achievement was remarkable. I’m teaching martial arts in France and if it wasn’t for Bruce’s Kung Fu influence, many French would still be looking down on the Chinese due to our past poor sick men’s image. Now, it has changed completely because of Bruce.” ......(Chinese Tianya, 1st May 2016; adapted from HK Commercial Daily, 26th Apr 1977)

4. Dorian Tan (aka Tan Tao-Liang)
===========================
(HK 70s “Super Kicker” action star; 3 times Korean National TKD Champions and 1 time World TKD Champion; former close bodyguard of the South Korean President; dubbed “Flash Legs” for his incredible execution of continuous fiery kicks on the ground and in the air; notable students include John Liu, Yuen Biao and Shannon Lee, daughter of the late Bruce Lee)

“There’s a speculation over the years in HK that a young action star who was a 3 times TKD champion once challenged Bruce to a duel in the early 70’s. Bruce defeated him in just 2 rounds. It was claimed that the HK media had coverage on that duel and that this young action star who dared to challenge Bruce was Dorian Tan and from there, Tan propelled to fame and began his movie career. In 2006, HK newspapers reported (with photos) that Tan and his 26 years old son were involved in a dispute and big fight at a HK Western restaurant. The then 60 years old Tan used his TKD to fight 10 guys and suffered minor injuries. His spectacular skills at his age were considered truly amazing. The restaurant owner, Ms Tammy, a Turkish, who witnessed the entire brawl said, ‘The fight was even more exciting than any Kung Fu movie I’ve watched. But he and his son had made a mess of my restaurant and I shall make them pay for the losses.”

Dorian Tan said: “After the HK restaurant incident, HK papers began to carry reports that I once challenged Bruce Lee and lost to him a few decades ago. I really don’t know why there’s such a speculation. It didn’t happen at all. Many of my U.S. students called me up for clarification after they heard this rumor. They asked me whether I was being defeated by Bruce Lee…… (smiled awkwardly). This whole incident really hurts me and I always wanted to clarify this rumor for a very long time. It’s an insult to any martial arts practitioner especially ‘verdict’ is given to who’s the winner and who’s the loser for a fight that has never taken place. Frankly, I really didn’t know Bruce much. I only met him once at a HK restaurant and we didn’t speak for more than a sentence. But I honestly think that he was a great martial artist and admire his immense passion for both martial arts and movies. It was Bruce that people over the world first got to know Kung Fu and many martial artists, like me got a chance to star in the Kung Fu movies. For this, I’m always grateful to him.”......(Chinese Yidu Read01, 7th May 2016)

5. Bowie Wu Fung (aka Wu Gar Sau, Woo Fong)
=====================================
(Veteran HK Cantonese matinee idol in the 50’s and 60’s; was nicknamed the "Dance King" for his great dancing skills; close celebrity friend and Cantonese co-star of Bruce)

“I got to know Bruce when he was still a teenager. We have played along in the 1956 Cantonese movies, ‘The Wise Guys Who Fooled Around’ and ‘Too Late For Divorce.’ Bruce and I had great fun working together. I remember the teenaged Bruce once had a crush on this beautiful actress called Christine Pai Lu-Ming who played along us in “The Wise Guys Who Fooled Around.” Bruce always stuck around Christine Pai, so the crews and I would always tease him. Bruce was embarrassed and was quite pissed off. He then went abroad for his further study in the late 50’s.”

“After Bruce returned to HK from the U.S. in 1970, I treated him with great hospitality. I remember accompanied him around to watch many HK locally made swords-fighting and martial arts movies. But none was able to meet up with his expectation. Bruce then told me proudly with his thumb pointing to his nose, “If I’ll to return to HK to make movies, I’ll definitely be the hottest and the highest paid actor!” I wasn’t surprised by what he said because Bruce was always full of confidence. His predictions came true ultimately.”

“Bruce was a hyperactive guy and would train constantly. He often asked me to hit him but before I make my move, he had already known my intention and intercepted me way before I could react. He was damn fast. My impression of Bruce was that he was a straightforward and positive person who was never bogged down by any trifling matters. In HK, we would hang out in various places like Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok. His favorite place probably would be Tsim Sha Tsui because he used to go there frequently.”

“When Bruce moved to Kowloon’s Cumberland in 1972, he called me up and invited me to see his new house. So, I went over to take a look. There was a small pond with a Japanese bridge in his front yard garden which looks glamorous. However, in contrast to the beautiful scenery outside his house, the deco inside his house, I found, was quite “unnatural.” So, I advised him to get some experts to see and adjust the house’s Feng Shui. But Bruce just smiled and said there’s no such need. I remember in his study room, there was either a tiger or leopard (skin) lying in front or at the back of his desk which somehow made one felt uneasy. I told him ‘it’ would sort of ‘obstruct” his destiny.’ Yet, Bruce thought otherwise and ignored my words. He died shortly later. Anyway, today it was really sad to see his house had turned into a sex motel. Personally, I think it would be a fabulous idea that his house be preserved and converted into a museum so that his legacy would continue to flourish.”......(Sina Entertainment News, 4th Nov 2015)

6. Cheng Kam Cheong
===================
(Renowned 70s HK singer from Malaysia; famous for singing ‘The Big Boss’, ‘Ultraman’, ‘Brother 11th’ and ‘The Bell Rings In the New Zen Temple’; the only singer who sang next to Bruce live on HK-TV.)

“After watching ‘The Big Boss’, I really admired Bruce and his incredible Kung Fu. So, based on its storyline, I wrote a song with the similar title (different from movie’s theme song) to pay tribute to Bruce. This song not only became very popular in HK but also Southeast Asia as soon as the LP was released. I remember Bruce first heard of my song “The Big Boss” when he appeared in one of the TVB’s “Enjoy Yourself Tonight” shows. He liked it so much that he immediately sent someone to look for me and dated me for “Yam Cha” (drink tea or tea time) at the Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. But coincidentally I was tied up with many works then and couldn’t attend the appointment. About a month later, we bumped into each other at the alley of the Broadcast Drive where the former TVB station was situated.”

“Bruce was very friendly. He shook my hand, hugged me and said, “Brother Kam Cheong, try and hit my stomach as hard as you can!” I did and it was like hitting a rock! Then, he showed me his shadowless kick. It almost touched my face and I could feel the wind rushed past my nose tip. His windy shadowless kick was truly amazing. It was the first time we met but we seemed to be like old friends. Then, I thought it wasn’t easy to meet this superstar so I got a reporter near by to help us take a photo with his flashlight camera. But Bruce quickly said, “No photo! No photo!” and took the briefcase under his armpit to block his face. He was really a frank person with true temperament! Luckily, some time later, I got a chance to take a photo with him and “Fatty”- Lydia Shum Tin-Ha at the backstage of the TVB studio.”

“Bruce said he liked my songs and asked me to give him my LP album, “The Big Boss.” I agreed without any hesitation. However, my original LP cover only carried my photos and there wasn’t any Bruce’s Big Boss photo on it which wasn’t appropriate. Thus, I had no choice but to search the black market and finally obtained few of my pirated LP albums with Bruce’s photos on the cover. I then gave them to him as souvenirs. Many fans weren’t aware actually those LPs with Bruce’s photos were all pirated copies (Laugh). It was really funny whenever I think about it. I’m not sure but these pirated LPs might have fetched a higher price than my original LPs in the second hand items auction nowadays mainly because of Bruce’s photos on the cover.”

“In Nov 1972, TVB invited me to sing “The Big Boss” in celebration for its 5th Anniversary. While I was preparing to sing in my Big Boss’s Kung Fu costume, a guy suddenly came out from a giant cake (prop) and surprised everyone on stage. It was Bruce! We were all astonished and delighted as we weren’t informed of Bruce’s impromptu appearance in the program beforehand. In contrast to my old traditional costume, Bruce was dressed in his showy and fashionable suit and simply stood out among the rest. He was really the star of the night and the center of attraction. For me, it was the most memorable moment in my life as I was singing next to the Kung Fu King surrounded by many TVB stars. I remember when I tried to show my kick (which was a kind of awkward) while singing, Bruce smiled amusingly and everyone cheered with laughter. That was a wonderful night where those present won’t forget for the rest of their life.” ......(Apple Daily, 13th Feb 2007)
@Anononymous: It means a kick so spry and quick that his leg doesn't even cast a shadow.

@LJF: Awesome info that they were actually building something regarding G.O.D. in Korea when they heard of his passing. I assume Angela's story means that she was also being considered for G.O.D. or another movie?
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April 15th, 2017, 5:28 pm #6

The following is a compilation of some anecdotes of the little dragon as shared by his HK friends and colleagues:

1. Pang Him
============
(GH’s South Korea Production Manager cum BL’s International Manager)

“I got to know Bruce through Raymond Chow in 1972. Later, Chow asked me to help Bruce to prepare the location filming for “Game of Death” in South Korea. Bruce was a charismatic star with great sense of humor. Earlier on, I’ve recommended Ji Han Jae, the Korean Hapkido master to play the pagoda guardian in “Game of Death.” Raymond Chow and Bruce then wanted me to help them find great Karate fighters who could kill bull with bare hands. But they were not satisfied with the Korean fighters I found for them. They thus, sourced elsewhere for suitable candidate. Also, Bruce hoped I could help him promote his Jeet Kune Do in South Korea because of my good connections there. He hoped JKD could flourish over the world and South Korea was a good place to promote his art since many people learnt Taekwondo and Hapkido. However, Bruce passed away suddenly in 1973 and was not able to realize his dreams. Upon his death, nearly a hundred South Korean construction workers who were in the midst of building the “Death pagoda” set, all turned to face the south (HK) before bowing thrice to pay respect to the late Kung Fu superstar.” ......(Wenweipo, 11th Mar 2013)


2. Bruce Liang
==============
(HK famous 70s Kung Fu film star; two times HK Karate Free Sparring champions)

“During filming of “Hapkido” (1972), I encountered a highly-skilled Hapkido master from South Korea (i.e. Hwang In-Shik) who possessed 7th dan in Hapkido, 6th dan in Taekwondo and was specialized in kicking, grappling and throwing techniques. He was also known as the “King of Left Kicking.” This fellow was very cocky and despised other HK actors. I was very young and hot-blooded then and really couldn’t stand his air of arrogance. So, I challenged him to fight. Unfortunately, I fought and lost to him twice. This really upset me for days. One day, I met Bruce Lee in the studio and he learnt from me about the whole incident. Lee told me not to worry and assured me that justice will be served. Not long later, Lee invited Hwang to star in his movie, WOTD. Then about a month later, I met Lee again. He came over to me with a big grin and whispered to me, “Hey, I beat him up!” Lee kept his promise and I really admired him whenever I think about this incident.”

”If you watch WOTD, you’ll notice actually Lee and Hwang In-Shik were almost fighting for real. Many audiences might think that Hwang didn’t maximize his real ability. What was the reason that Hwang looked absolutely weak and was subdued totally by Lee??? You must know that both possessed real Kung Fu and if Lee wanted Hwang to lose, Hwang, being a proud and arrogant guy would reject. Hence, like what Lee said, he had fought and beaten Hwang. That’s why he was submissive to Bruce (Note: This was backed up by Robert Chan and Tony Liu who witnessed the real fight behind the scene). In WOTD, he couldn’t even stand a strike or blow from Lee. Hwang was real fast and mean but Lee was even faster and meaner than him.” ......(Chinese Daily Headlines – Kknews, 4th Dec 2016)

3. John Liu (aka Lau Chung-Leung)
============================
(“Super Kicker” of the 70’s Kung Fu films; student of “Flash Legs” Dorian Tan Tao-Liang; two times IKU Karate champions in Long Beach (1964 & 1967); beat Chuck Norris in an exhibition bout in 1976; founder of his own martial arts system, Zen Kwun Do with his own martial arts school in Paris, France.)

“Both Bruce and I were actually “Martial Arts Champions.” In 1967, we participated in the Long Beach International Karate Tournament. I won the IKU Karate championship while Bruce won the Kung Fu Exhibition Champion (Demonstrations). There’s where we got to know each other. I always tried to avoid talking martial arts with Bruce because I found that he was really a martial arts fanatic and would be deeply engrossed talking about it non-stop. He was also very obstinate in certain of his perceptions. I knew Bruce always wanted to be the best in that arena and would never settle for a no. 2 place. Furthermore, Bruce loved to spar with anyone even opponents twice his size because that was what his martial arts philosophy emphasized – practical fighting. Bruce’s overall achievement was remarkable. I’m teaching martial arts in France and if it wasn’t for Bruce’s Kung Fu influence, many French would still be looking down on the Chinese due to our past poor sick men’s image. Now, it has changed completely because of Bruce.” ......(Chinese Tianya, 1st May 2016; adapted from HK Commercial Daily, 26th Apr 1977)

4. Dorian Tan (aka Tan Tao-Liang)
===========================
(HK 70s “Super Kicker” action star; 3 times Korean National TKD Champions and 1 time World TKD Champion; former close bodyguard of the South Korean President; dubbed “Flash Legs” for his incredible execution of continuous fiery kicks on the ground and in the air; notable students include John Liu, Yuen Biao and Shannon Lee, daughter of the late Bruce Lee)

“There’s a speculation over the years in HK that a young action star who was a 3 times TKD champion once challenged Bruce to a duel in the early 70’s. Bruce defeated him in just 2 rounds. It was claimed that the HK media had coverage on that duel and that this young action star who dared to challenge Bruce was Dorian Tan and from there, Tan propelled to fame and began his movie career. In 2006, HK newspapers reported (with photos) that Tan and his 26 years old son were involved in a dispute and big fight at a HK Western restaurant. The then 60 years old Tan used his TKD to fight 10 guys and suffered minor injuries. His spectacular skills at his age were considered truly amazing. The restaurant owner, Ms Tammy, a Turkish, who witnessed the entire brawl said, ‘The fight was even more exciting than any Kung Fu movie I’ve watched. But he and his son had made a mess of my restaurant and I shall make them pay for the losses.”

Dorian Tan said: “After the HK restaurant incident, HK papers began to carry reports that I once challenged Bruce Lee and lost to him a few decades ago. I really don’t know why there’s such a speculation. It didn’t happen at all. Many of my U.S. students called me up for clarification after they heard this rumor. They asked me whether I was being defeated by Bruce Lee…… (smiled awkwardly). This whole incident really hurts me and I always wanted to clarify this rumor for a very long time. It’s an insult to any martial arts practitioner especially ‘verdict’ is given to who’s the winner and who’s the loser for a fight that has never taken place. Frankly, I really didn’t know Bruce much. I only met him once at a HK restaurant and we didn’t speak for more than a sentence. But I honestly think that he was a great martial artist and admire his immense passion for both martial arts and movies. It was Bruce that people over the world first got to know Kung Fu and many martial artists, like me got a chance to star in the Kung Fu movies. For this, I’m always grateful to him.”......(Chinese Yidu Read01, 7th May 2016)

5. Bowie Wu Fung (aka Wu Gar Sau, Woo Fong)
=====================================
(Veteran HK Cantonese matinee idol in the 50’s and 60’s; was nicknamed the "Dance King" for his great dancing skills; close celebrity friend and Cantonese co-star of Bruce)

“I got to know Bruce when he was still a teenager. We have played along in the 1956 Cantonese movies, ‘The Wise Guys Who Fooled Around’ and ‘Too Late For Divorce.’ Bruce and I had great fun working together. I remember the teenaged Bruce once had a crush on this beautiful actress called Christine Pai Lu-Ming who played along us in “The Wise Guys Who Fooled Around.” Bruce always stuck around Christine Pai, so the crews and I would always tease him. Bruce was embarrassed and was quite pissed off. He then went abroad for his further study in the late 50’s.”

“After Bruce returned to HK from the U.S. in 1970, I treated him with great hospitality. I remember accompanied him around to watch many HK locally made swords-fighting and martial arts movies. But none was able to meet up with his expectation. Bruce then told me proudly with his thumb pointing to his nose, “If I’ll to return to HK to make movies, I’ll definitely be the hottest and the highest paid actor!” I wasn’t surprised by what he said because Bruce was always full of confidence. His predictions came true ultimately.”

“Bruce was a hyperactive guy and would train constantly. He often asked me to hit him but before I make my move, he had already known my intention and intercepted me way before I could react. He was damn fast. My impression of Bruce was that he was a straightforward and positive person who was never bogged down by any trifling matters. In HK, we would hang out in various places like Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok. His favorite place probably would be Tsim Sha Tsui because he used to go there frequently.”

“When Bruce moved to Kowloon’s Cumberland in 1972, he called me up and invited me to see his new house. So, I went over to take a look. There was a small pond with a Japanese bridge in his front yard garden which looks glamorous. However, in contrast to the beautiful scenery outside his house, the deco inside his house, I found, was quite “unnatural.” So, I advised him to get some experts to see and adjust the house’s Feng Shui. But Bruce just smiled and said there’s no such need. I remember in his study room, there was either a tiger or leopard (skin) lying in front or at the back of his desk which somehow made one felt uneasy. I told him ‘it’ would sort of ‘obstruct” his destiny.’ Yet, Bruce thought otherwise and ignored my words. He died shortly later. Anyway, today it was really sad to see his house had turned into a sex motel. Personally, I think it would be a fabulous idea that his house be preserved and converted into a museum so that his legacy would continue to flourish.”......(Sina Entertainment News, 4th Nov 2015)

6. Cheng Kam Cheong
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(Renowned 70s HK singer from Malaysia; famous for singing ‘The Big Boss’, ‘Ultraman’, ‘Brother 11th’ and ‘The Bell Rings In the New Zen Temple’; the only singer who sang next to Bruce live on HK-TV.)

“After watching ‘The Big Boss’, I really admired Bruce and his incredible Kung Fu. So, based on its storyline, I wrote a song with the similar title (different from movie’s theme song) to pay tribute to Bruce. This song not only became very popular in HK but also Southeast Asia as soon as the LP was released. I remember Bruce first heard of my song “The Big Boss” when he appeared in one of the TVB’s “Enjoy Yourself Tonight” shows. He liked it so much that he immediately sent someone to look for me and dated me for “Yam Cha” (drink tea or tea time) at the Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. But coincidentally I was tied up with many works then and couldn’t attend the appointment. About a month later, we bumped into each other at the alley of the Broadcast Drive where the former TVB station was situated.”

“Bruce was very friendly. He shook my hand, hugged me and said, “Brother Kam Cheong, try and hit my stomach as hard as you can!” I did and it was like hitting a rock! Then, he showed me his shadowless kick. It almost touched my face and I could feel the wind rushed past my nose tip. His windy shadowless kick was truly amazing. It was the first time we met but we seemed to be like old friends. Then, I thought it wasn’t easy to meet this superstar so I got a reporter near by to help us take a photo with his flashlight camera. But Bruce quickly said, “No photo! No photo!” and took the briefcase under his armpit to block his face. He was really a frank person with true temperament! Luckily, some time later, I got a chance to take a photo with him and “Fatty”- Lydia Shum Tin-Ha at the backstage of the TVB studio.”

“Bruce said he liked my songs and asked me to give him my LP album, “The Big Boss.” I agreed without any hesitation. However, my original LP cover only carried my photos and there wasn’t any Bruce’s Big Boss photo on it which wasn’t appropriate. Thus, I had no choice but to search the black market and finally obtained few of my pirated LP albums with Bruce’s photos on the cover. I then gave them to him as souvenirs. Many fans weren’t aware actually those LPs with Bruce’s photos were all pirated copies (Laugh). It was really funny whenever I think about it. I’m not sure but these pirated LPs might have fetched a higher price than my original LPs in the second hand items auction nowadays mainly because of Bruce’s photos on the cover.”

“In Nov 1972, TVB invited me to sing “The Big Boss” in celebration for its 5th Anniversary. While I was preparing to sing in my Big Boss’s Kung Fu costume, a guy suddenly came out from a giant cake (prop) and surprised everyone on stage. It was Bruce! We were all astonished and delighted as we weren’t informed of Bruce’s impromptu appearance in the program beforehand. In contrast to my old traditional costume, Bruce was dressed in his showy and fashionable suit and simply stood out among the rest. He was really the star of the night and the center of attraction. For me, it was the most memorable moment in my life as I was singing next to the Kung Fu King surrounded by many TVB stars. I remember when I tried to show my kick (which was a kind of awkward) while singing, Bruce smiled amusingly and everyone cheered with laughter. That was a wonderful night where those present won’t forget for the rest of their life.” ......(Apple Daily, 13th Feb 2007)
Many anecdotes are rare and being heard for the first time. Thanks for sharing.

The pirated copies of the Big Boss LP albulm given to Bruce Lee was the funniest. Wonder if Linda or Shannon still keep it with them or has been auctioned away.

Also, it will be awesome if Lee had made the Sai Fung movie with Josephine Siao, his co-star in the 1953 movie - The Orphan Tragedy. Shame, it didn't happen.
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April 15th, 2017, 5:54 pm #7

Thanks for those great story's again LJF nt
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April 15th, 2017, 6:10 pm #8

Many anecdotes are rare and being heard for the first time. Thanks for sharing.

The pirated copies of the Big Boss LP albulm given to Bruce Lee was the funniest. Wonder if Linda or Shannon still keep it with them or has been auctioned away.

Also, it will be awesome if Lee had made the Sai Fung movie with Josephine Siao, his co-star in the 1953 movie - The Orphan Tragedy. Shame, it didn't happen.
Maybe this is the pirate Big Boss LP that Mr Cheng Kam Cheong is referring to, selling on eBay LOL:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Singapore-Cheng ... SwPhdVS4ad
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April 15th, 2017, 10:38 pm #9

@Anononymous: It means a kick so spry and quick that his leg doesn't even cast a shadow.

@LJF: Awesome info that they were actually building something regarding G.O.D. in Korea when they heard of his passing. I assume Angela's story means that she was also being considered for G.O.D. or another movie?
Seems strange, if they were building another pagoda set in South Korea when there was already one in Hong Kong. Would this Korean one be used for interiors as well?
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April 16th, 2017, 6:00 am #10

Pang Him said in his 2003 interview that he was preaparing alot of things for Lee in 1973. Getting the fighters, bulls, maybe building the set etc. Check out Nick's articles on G.O.D. in the main page.
Yes, why building the pagoda set since there's already real existing pagodas there already.
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