China to Produce $7.3M Bruce Lee Biopic
BEIJING, China (GroundReport) – A posthumous tribute will be paid to Kung Fu star Bruce Lee as China’s state broadcaster is preparing to air a a 50-part prime-time series on the late martial arts star.
Bruce Lee's films began surfacing in China on video in the 1980s. That was long after his death in 1973, reports The Associated Press. His movies were not seen in China, while the country was a strongly knit communist state.
China's official China Central Television hopes to make changes in the trend with a exhaustive $7.3 million biography, titled "The Legend of Bruce Lee."
The series will be China’s first movie or TV series on the Bruce Lee, according to producer Yu Shengli, reports AP.
"Lee had strength, agility, pride, intelligence, not to mention charisma to burn, which coupled with the pro-Chinese rhetoric in his films have made him a potent symbol for the powerful new China that is now rising," said Michael Berry, a professor in contemporary Chinese cultural studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara in an AP report.
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