But if you’re looking for one terrible martial art flick, then welcome to “Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave.”
With a title like “Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave”, you would expect this film would be about the aforementioned Mister Lee coming back from the dead to then kick the living crap out of someone, right? WRONG.
This movie is basically a “fish out of water” tale, chronicling how a martial artist named Wong Han seeks to avenge his friend’s death. See, Wong Han believes his friend may have been murdered, and what better way to find the truth than teaming up with sexy American babe named Susan?
“Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave” doesn’t even star Bruce Lee. The lead is played Bruce K.L. Lea, while the American girl is played by Deborah Dutch. You might remember her from such films as “Bikini Witness”, “Bikini Drive-In”, “Vice Academy 4”, and “Caged Women II.” Let’s just say her work in “Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave” is not what I’d call a career highlight.
I saw “Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave” a few years ago when the Showcase Cinema near me had a weekly Kung Fu double feature for five bucks. While I wasn’t expecting a great movie, I really wasn’t expecting a funny one. “Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave” is hysterical because it’s so bad. It takes nearly 30 minutes for the main plot to get going, and at which point the laughs start.
After his friend’s funeral, Wong Han carries his friend’s ashes in a giant box, with a huge picture of the guy. I’m not saying the situation is funny, but the giant crate he carries all over Los Angeles sure is. During one of his long walks around Hollywood, he meets the lovely Susan. Although I think she was the funeral earlier, but I could be wrong.
Wong Han arrives just in time to save her life from an attacker.there’s a short fight, and they think Wong Han snapped the dude’s neck. Susan was attacked by a half-naked guy hiding in her two door car.
Again, this situation is not funny at all, but we found it hard to believe she could miss this 6 foot something guy hiding in the back seat. By the way, this entire sequence has nothing to do with the main plot. Its only there so Wong Han and Susan can join forces.
Anywho, she’s very grateful for Wong Han’s help and offers to pay him for some self-defense courses. It’s an obvious ploy to get him to her place, but Wong Han is a gentleman and says no. However, he does leave his buddy’s ashes at Susan’s for the night. Personally I think that’s sort of odd seeing how they just met, but she seemed okay with it.
He tells her he has no place to stay and no money, but the next day he shows up at her place with brand new clothes, a fancy hat, and a man purse. Upon seeing him, Susan jumps around her house in a tiny nightie. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. Anyways that’s just some of the funny bits in the film, but it’s not the funniest.
The funniest part of “Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave”is without a doubt, the trailer. According to this amazing trailer, Bruce Lee pops out of the ground to settle a deal he made before his death…a deal with the Dark Angel of Death! The best part of the trailer comes when the voice-over guy announces: “Due to the graphic and excessive martial-arts violence, the producer ask that you be accompanied by an adult….”.
Quite frankly, that would have been a better movie.
The film is extremely silly, and the dubbing is hilariously bad. The action scenes are okay, but nothing really stands out. The story is extremely cheesy, even by seventies standards. The main villains resemble The Village People, and the cops sound like they’re reading cue cards. And don’t ask about any of the acting.
Bottom line: “Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave” is one of those movies you have to see to believe.