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Actor Aarif Lee as the young Bruce Lee
The first movie poster and stills are out for the upcoming biopic film Bruce Lee My Brother, co-starring Hong Kong actor Aarif Lee (Echoes of the Rainbow), veteran actor Tony Leung Ka-Fei, Karen Mok andJennifer Tse.
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A new $4.6 million Chinese-language production scheduled for release two days before what would have been Lee’s 70th birthday on Nov. 27 aims to fill the gap. Drawing from the memories of Lee’s siblings, “Bruce Lee, My Brother” traces the actor’s life growing up in Hong Kong before he left to study in the U.S.
“Many people know about his movies and his fighting philosophy after he became famous. But very few people know about his family, his parents, his first love, what he did on movie sets as a young actor,” producer Manfred Wong told The Associated Press.
“This production offers a new perspective to understanding a person. We see someone who is real and fragile. The Bruce Lee we see in his films is deified,” said Wong Yiu-keung, head of the Hong Kong Bruce Lee fan club and an adviser to the film.
Cast in the lead role is Hong Kong newcomer Aarif Lee, who is not related to the late actor. The sharp facial features of the 23-year-old singer-songwriter who hails from a family of mixed Chinese, Malaysian and Middle Eastern heritage make him a credible stand-in for Bruce Lee, whose mother was part German.
The production was based on input from Lee’s younger brother Robert and his two older sisters. Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee and widow Linda Lee Cadwell, however, were not involved and there have been suggestions of interfamily controversy.
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Lee is a young singer and actor of Hong Kong who has been casted in a movie to play the role of Bruce Lee. The 23 years old Aarif gained popularity when he played the role of high schooltrack superstar in his latest movie “Echoes of the Rainbow.”
He did his specialization in Physics at the London Imperial College.
Aarif has learned his singing and acting from a legend singer and performer Leon Lai and under his mentorship he released his first album in last year and also made his first appearance in a movie stated above. His movie won an award at the Berlin International Film Festival in the start of this year.