10 Things You Didn't Know About Bruce Lee

Born in Hong Kong, right? Think again!

Bruce Lee is kung-fu. There's no debating that the guy is usually the first person to spring to mind when somebody mentions that particular martial art - and as far as the cinema scene is concerned, nobody has rivalled the master on the big-screen. Bruce Lee's films are considered to be the definitive examples of the genre, after all: Enter the Dragon, Way of the Dragon, Fist of Fury, The Big Boss and the partly unfinished Game of Death are each considered to be some of the greatest martial arts films ever made. Nowadays, Lee is held high as one of the great icons of the silver screen - something that might be partly attributed to his untimely death at age 32. That said, Lee did make a huge impact in his short life, essentially bringing kung-fu to the realms of Hollywood, an industry that had always shied away from such a thing before Lee made it cool. Nobody ever looked as good wielding a pair of nun-chucks whilst making incomprehensible noises as o' Bruce. Here's 10 things you probably didn't know about the kung-fu master; interesting factoids that - until now - might have passed you by...

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Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.