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Double Dragon: Bruceploitation Double Feature

The Dragon Lives Again / Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave

In association with Exhumed Films. Special thanks to Harry Guerro.

Shortly after the tragic death of Bruce Lee in 1973, a host of martial arts action films began to fill the void by paying tribute or simply crassly imitating the films of the Hong Kong superstar. “Bruceploitation” was born as a subgenre and flourished throughout the 1970s with outlandish plots and a cavalcade of Bruce Lee lookalikes. 

The Dragon Lives Again

Dir. Kei Law, Hong Kong, 1977, DCP, 96 min.

After his death, Bruce Lee finds himself in hell where he must battle a cast of “underworld” figures including Dracula, James Bond and Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti western character “The Man with No Name.” This absurd adventure is equal parts slapstick comedy and fist-flying Kung Fu blowout.

Followed by:

Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave

Dir. Lee Doo-Yong, Korea, 1976, 35mm, 97 min.

Lightning strikes the grave of Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee, releasing him back into the world ready to battle once again. Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave follows Lee imitator Jun Chong (aka Bruce K.L. Lea) as he finds himself in Los Angeles to avenge the death of his brother.