Bruce Le, also known as Wong kin-lung, was born in 1950 in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar). His father was of Chinese descent and his mother Burmese. Schooled at an early age in different disciplines of Chinese martial arts and karate, he operated a martial arts school in Macau in the 1960s. In the 1970s, he became an actor at Shaw Brothers, playing small roles in action films in the name of Wong Kin-lung, not receiving much notice until director Wong Fung cast him in a major supporting part in Rivals of Kung Fu (1974). His career enjoyed a fortuitous kick after Bruce Lee died in 1973, when he was groomed to be a star as part of the film industry’s rush to fill the void created by the superstar’s death. Changing his name to Bruce Le, he starred in a slew of kung fu films, including Bruce’s Deadly Fingers (196), Enter the Game of Death (1977) and The Clones of Bruce Lee (1977), doubling as choreographer on some of them.
In 1977, with the backing of American producer Dick Randall, Le started his own company, Dragon Films, with which he made his directorial debut Challenge of the Tiger (1977), in which he also starred in a Bruce Lee-inspired turn. The same strategy was used in several subsequent productions, such as Bruce the Super Hero (1979) and Bruce Strikes Back (1982).
In 1987, Le went to China to make Fire on the Great Wall (1987), an action film set in WWII. He later directed the co-production (with China) Comfort Women (1992), which was received favorably in the mainland. Yet, he soon left film to become a commodities trader. In 2013, after a hiatus of 20 years, Le re-entered the industry with the production of Eyes of Dawn, another film about comfort women shot in China.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Ghost of the Fox|
||Fire on the Great Wall|
||Bruce Strikes Back||KONG Hung Joseph|
||Bruce - King of Kung Fu||LAU Daniel|
||Bruce the Super Hero|
||Challenge of the Tiger|