The Clones of Bruce Lee (1977)
Clones of Bruce Lee
Nomination Year: 1994
SYNOPSIS: The great Bruce Lee has passed away, but all is not lost. A scientist has discovered a way to clone him, and bend the clones to his will. The three clones are used as super secret-agents, possessed of unrivaled dexterity, speed, and martial arts skill. They foil a would-be dictator and his men of bronze, then discover that the scientist who cloned them has some world-domination plans of his own. The clones turn on their creator in a climactic showdown.
- Most Ludicrous Premise
"What a Scientific Achievement This Will Be...!"
The scene: a hospital. A body is wheeled down corridors on a gurney. Whispers race among the staff that it's Bruce Lee, and he's dead. Well, yes and no. We see the operation that struggles to save his life, but some "extra" injections occur as well. Next scene: the scientist at the operation is telling his government superior that he has taken tissue samples so that he can clone Bruce Lee after his death. The response: "The Clones of Bruce Lee! What a scientific achievement this will be!" Indeed. That about sums it up.
- "Let's Up The Rating To 'R'"
And Now Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Movie...
On assignment in Bangkok, two of the clones are walking along the coast when they spy some naked women partying on the beach. "Look!" says Clone Number One. "Ah, just some of the local 'talent,'" smirks Clone Number Two. We are then treated to a full five or six minutes of well-oiled bare breasts jiggling in the sun. Ocassionally, the camera cuts to a nearby radio and a bottle of Coke (though I'm sure they were an unwitting sponsor here). Suddenly, a doofy-looking guy appears over the rise, and the girls "just decide" to chase him down, grab him, and pull his clothes off. After this totally gratuitous interlude, we cut back to the watching clones. Clone Number Two simply says, "Forget them. Let's get back to work." And they go on their merry way.
- Deus Ex Machina
Bronze Man Wins Gold Medal for Idiocy
The clones are getting their butts kicked by an unstoppable man of bronze, who chases them to a garden where they startle a mother and her two young children. Eventually, one of the clones manages to knock the bronze guy over. He falls mouth-down on some grass, which for some reason he begins to chew. He keels over and dies immediately. The mother rushes over and yells, "Oh! He's eaten the poison plants!" His look of disbelief tells us that even the clone doesn't buy it.
Now Face My Teleporting Kick Style!
One of the clones has a showdown with their trainer. During the fight, they edit in the same three-second kick sequence twice in succession -- the famous "teleporting time-traveling kick" maneuver, I suppose.
- Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame Bruce Le Yet another Bruce Lee knock-off, he eventually developed a style all his own Dragon Lee Yet another Bruce Lee knock-off, except this one's chubby Bruce Thai Yet another Bruce Lee knock-off Bolo Yeung Star of Bolo Jon T. Benn
Director Claim to Fame Joseph Kong Seems to have fixated on Kung Fu/Bruce Lee films
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