Bruceploitation Bonanza!

Kung Fu Clubhouse presents the newly-released documentary, ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE, which dives deep into the Bruceploitation craze that exploded in the immediate wake of Bruce Lee’s death, along with new restorations of three of the subgenre’s most entertaining entries: THE DRAGON LIVES AGAIN, THE CLONES OF BRUCE LEE, and TWO ON THE ROAD (aka FEARLESS DRAGONS).

Enter the Clones of Bruce

David Gregory · 2023
95min · DCP
  • Saturday, Apr 27, 2024, 8:00pm
  • Sunday, Apr 28, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024, 7:00pm

When Bruce Lee died in 1974 at the peak of his superstardom, he had completed only four feature films. But within hours of his funeral, Hong Kong movie studios began to produce hundreds of unauthorized biopics, sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and rip-offs starring a competing series of Lee lookalikes. Over the next decade, fueled by both deception and demand, ‘Bruceploitation’ would become a staple of global cinema.

Director David Gregory—who’d previously explored film’s transgressive edges in his award-winning documentaries LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU and FLESH & BLOOD: THE REEL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON—now examines this uniquely ‘70s phenomenon through interviews with Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Bruce Liang and Dragon Lee, and a host of other martial arts legends that, for the first time, reveal the history, controversy, and legacy behind one of the most bizarre and successful genres in movie history.

Part of Kung Fu Clubhouse’s Bruceploitation Bonanza!

Those attending the showing on Tuesday, April 30th will have a chance to win a ticket to the screening of DRAGON SUPERMAN at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival!

“A zippy, smartly-cut story of the absolute moral depths the film industry can sink to, all while forming a genuinely heartfelt love letter to kung fu genre movies.” Ben Robins, HeyUGuys

“Considerable fun… this high-kicking flashback should appeal to the same fans who previously enjoyed such prior psychotronic excavations as Not Quite Hollywood, Electric Boogaloo or this director’s own prior investigations of cult figures Al Adamson and Richard Stanley.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

The Dragon Lives Again

Law Kei · 1977
96min · DCP
  • Saturday, Apr 27, 2024, 10:15pm

New restoration! The multiverse has never been filled with this much madness. Easily one of the most unhinged and surreal martial arts spectacles to ever escape from Hong Kong, THE DRAGON LIVES AGAIN finds the spirit of Bruce Lee (Bruce Leung Siu-lung) battling through the Underworld against Dracula, James Bond, The Godfather, “The Exorcist,” Emmanuelle, some mummies, and more. But he’s not alone! Along the way, Bruce befriends the One-Armed Swordsman, Caine from the TV show KUNG FU, and last but not least, Popeye the Sailor. Previously only available via crusty bootlegs, THE DRAGON LIVES AGAIN has been preserved by Severin Films from the only known film elements in this universe—or any other.

Part of Kung Fu Clubhouse’s Bruceploitation Bonanza!

Those attending this show will have a chance to win a ticket to the screening of DRAGON SUPERMAN at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival!

“Where else are you gonna see Kato fighting Dracula and Popeye beating up mummies outside of an acid trip? My attitude when it comes to Bruceploitation movies is go big or go home, and The Dragon Lives Again goes for everything but the kitchen sink… and now that I think about it, there actually might have been a kitchen sink in there somewhere.” Brandon Tenold, Brandon’s Cult Movie Reviews

“Honestly, you have to see this to believe it even exists.” Craig Lines, Den of Geek

The Clones of Bruce Lee

Joseph Kong Hung, Nam Gi-nam · 1980
90min · DCP
  • Sunday, Apr 28, 2024, 8:15pm

New restoration! One of the more ridiculous titles and the “Mount Rushmore” of Bruceploitation, THE CLONES OF BRUCE LEE parodies parallel films in this manufactured subgenre by shamelessly going for the jugular and establishing its own voice with no less than four Bruce lookalikes!

Bruce Lee has just passed away and the world is at a standstill. Fortunately, brilliant scientists find a way to clone Lee from his brain tissue and produce three separate copies. After training them in martial arts, the Special Branch of Investigations sends them off to fight crime in Southeast Asia.

Bruce 1 (Dragon Lee) is sent to perform in a film produced by a gold smuggler who plans to kill Bruce on camera. Bruce 2 (Bruce Le) and Bruce 3 (Bruce Lai) are sent to Thailand to defeat the evil Dr. Ngai, a mad scientist with plans to dominate the world with his bronze automatons, and the help of SBI agent Chuck (Bruce Thai).

Part of Kung Fu Clubhouse’s Bruceploitation Bonanza!

“It’s hard not to love this. In addition to the mad plot and the star power (the three Bruces bump into a Brucie Bonus of Bruce Thai when they hit Thailand!), there’s a ton of dirty fighting, gratuitous nudity, and endlessly quotable dialogue.” Craig Lines, Den of Geek

Two on the Road (aka Fearless Dragons)

Lee Chiu · 1980
95min · DCP
  • Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024, 9:15pm

New restoration! TWO ON THE ROAD is a bizarre buddy comedy with a surprising presence of off-the-wall humor. Not all of its jokes land (including a head-scratching MIDNIGHT EXPRESS gag), but when they do, it’s pure perfect lunacy.

In the early 1900s, conman Lively Dragon (Leung Kar-Yan) and wanted criminal Crazy Horse (Philip Ko) stumble across a group of robbers who make off with cash and gold from the town of Ming On. The mayor accuses them of the crime while the real thieves escape scot-free. To avoid imprisonment, the two, at first, compete to capture each other for the rewards on their heads; but they eventually work together to find the gold and expose the real bandits. However, the bandit chief isn’t giving up so easily… leading to an incredible finale with such blazing-hot choreography, it must be seen to be believed.

Part of Kung Fu Clubhouse’s Bruceploitation Bonanza!

“Turns out, Phillip Ko and Leung Kar-yan are a fantastic double act. They have such great comedic chemistry in Fearless Dragons, and the fights are just fantastic. 1 on 1, 2 on 1, the choreography here is bliss. A ton of fighting styles on display here, including horse style, complete with hilarious horse sound effects!” Jack, Letterboxd

“Add it to the pile of movies that in itself are a means to an end, that end kickstarting with Phillip Ko whinnying and Leung Kar-yan going ‘Horse fist!!!’ and then s#!t gets real. Along the way we find out that Jaws from the James Bond movies has a long lost brother locked up in a dungeon in Taiwan somewhere because no one said you can’t do that.” Carlo V, Letterboxd