Hong Kong-born actor Philip Ng (Once Upon a Time in Shanghai) is portraying the iconic martial artist in the action tale centering on an epic and controversial fight between a young Lee and Northern Shaolin master Wong Jack Man in the 1960s. Yu Xia is playing Wong, and Billy Magnussen is playing Steve McKee, a young martial artist whose allegiance is torn between the two combatants.
Philip NG learned to fight like Bruce Lee in “Birth Of The Dragon” movie and we got to chat with him during the premiere of the movie that took place in the Archlight cinemas of Hollywood
Details of the confrontation have been debated for decades — what prompted it, how long it lasted, who won — but it is nonetheless regarded as a turning point in the development of Lee’s fighting philosophy.
George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) directed Birth of the Dragon, and in our following interview, he explains why this epic & controversial battle with Kung Fu Master Wong Jack Man gave birth to the legend: Bruce Lee.
GENRE: Martial Arts Action
RELEASE DATE: In Theaters August 25, 2017
MPAA RATING: PG-13 for martial arts violence, language and thematic elements
SYNOPSIS: Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man – a battle that gave birth to a legend.
Directed by: George Nolfi
Written by: Stephen J. Rivele And Christopher Wilkinson
Produced by: Michael London, Janice Williams, James Hong Pang, Leo Shi Young
Executive Producers: Jason Blum, Michael Luisi, Kelly Mullen, David Nicksay
Cast: Phillip Ng, Xia Yu, Billy Magnussen, Jin Xing, Jingjing Qu, Simon Yin