Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee

New York Univ. Aug. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781479812868. $30. FILM
The legendary Bruce Lee is someone that not only took Hollywood by storm, but a man who revolutionized martial arts. Born in San Francisco in 1940, Bruce had an interest in the martial arts from a young age. As a boy, he would throw punches and kicks while walking down the street, he would also pound a stool while eating so he could strengthen his hands. Maeda (Rethinking the Asian American Movement) takes an in-depth look at Lee’s life and incredible journey. This is a fascinating look at Lee’s impact as a martial artist, actor, and director. It delves into the aspects of his life that few know about. Maeda describes how much of a perfectionist Bruce was and how intense he would become while making each of his films. This is an outstanding account of his life from his birth to his controversial and tragic death at age 32 in 1973. One thing is for sure—there will never be another legend like Bruce Lee.
VERDICT Film buffs, martial arts enthusiasts, and fans of Bruce Lee will thoroughly enjoy this exceptional biography.
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