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Season 1 Episode 40

How Bruce Lee Changed the World

Aired Unknown May 17, 2009 on The History Channel
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How Bruce Lee Changed the World
One of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century, Bruce Lee blazed across movie screens with charisma and speed, introducing martial arts to mainstream America and changing the way Asian American men were portrayed in films. Influenced by one of the world's most ancient cultures, he went on to influence the modern world. How Bruce Lee Changed the World provides new insight into the legendary martial artist, fascinating teacher and celebrated actor. Starring in television's The Green Hornet as the sidekick Kato, Lee went on to make two of the most successful Asian films ever Fists of Fury and Way of the Dragon. In a tragic turn of events, Lee mysteriously died three weeks before the debut of Enter the Dragon, his only U.S. film. With seldom-seen interviews, rare home movies, and commentary from those he influenced most, such as John Woo, Brett Ratner, LL Cool J, Stan Lee and Jackie Chan, How Bruce Lee Changed the World helps uncover the man behind the legend.moreless
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