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Be Water

Bao Nguyen

Be Water

by Bao Nguyen

Be Water

Bao Nguyen

5 min
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Be Water is an intimate and poignant look at the life and philosophy of Bruce Lee, as well as the struggles that shaped his career.

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Be Water

by Bao Nguyen

Be Water

Bao Nguyen

Overview

With his sudden and untimely death at the peak of his stardom, Bruce Lee was immortalized as a larger-than-life figure in the history of cinema and martial arts. Now, we're given a close-up look at this extraordinary, yet relatably human icon.

30 for 30 is a series of ESPN documentaries highlighting pivotal moments and figures in sports history. In this installment, director Bao Nguyen, previously known for commercial campaigns, crafts a masterful and nuanced examination of a remarkable life cut short in its prime. Featuring interviews with Bruce Lee's friends and family, cultural critics, and his own writings, Be Water traces the star's journey from Hong Kong to Hollywood and back again. From his struggles with racism and his own mixed identity to his personal philosophy and creativity, this is a multifaceted look at the making of a legend.

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""Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.""

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