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Be Water

Bao Nguyen

5 mins

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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.


Be Water

Be Water

by Bao Nguyen


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.

The ESPN docuseries 30 for 30 highlights pivotal moments and figures in sporting 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. 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.

- Bruce Lee

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