There are three towering kung fu stars, namely Bruce Lee,
Jackie Chan and Jet Li - two dragon heroes (Lee Little Dragon
李小龙 and Chan Dragon 成龙) plus a heroic go between (Li Link
Hero 李连杰). However, unlike the Three Tenors on the opera
stage (Lucianno Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and the Other
Guy), these three never get chance to perform together.
But this is about to change.
To start with, in a new Hollywood movie, Jackie Chan and
Jet Li are to play disciple and master respectively. Maybe
that prompts Jackie Chan to realise that age is no barrier
to master-hood on the kung fu screens - if Jet Li can be
his master, then what stops him to be Bruce Lee’s master?
And that is said precisely what he is going to do. Or what
other people try to make him to do.
On Saturday, December 2, China’s Central Television Station
announced that it had secured the permission from Bruce Lee’s
daughter, Shannon Lee (李香凝), the day before to produce a
TV series with 40 episodes on the life of the invincible
dragon hero. It also revealed that Jackie
Chan is considered the best candidate to play Bruce Lee’s
kung fu teacher.
Bruce Lee's daughter: Shannon Lee
Shannon Lee is said not satisfied with all those earlier
versions, and wished this one could make a difference. But
she knows it won't be an easy call, as she is fully aware
that some of China's TV guys have a passion or habit to fictionalise
But she is determined not to allow this new opportunity
to be spoiled and says she and her mother will personally
review the script page-by-page, particularly when it comes
to Bruce Lee’s emotional issues. Hopefully she will succeed
and the China dragon will not be reduced to a snake (or a
panda, a rooster, a phoenix). Heaven bless the dragon!
He looks like Bruce Lee, talks like Bruce
Lee, according to Shannon Lee. But he’s not Bruce Lee.
Chen Guokun will play Bruce Lee in the
Shui and Dog