Kung Fu

April 4 2017 at 7:49 AM
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"Ed Spielman had created his own Kung Fu script which apparently had Bruce Lee's input. Wikipedia claims Spielman created that 44 pages script titled, Kung Fu: The Way of the Tiger, The Sign of the Dragon in the mid 60s."

What is "apparent" about Bruce Lee's input?

"Many fans like me have doubts of the word, "Kung Fu" being used by a white in his title as "Kung Fu" was scarcely known to the West, especially in the 60's until Bruce Lee popularized it."

The word Kung Fu was known in the martial arts world in the 1960s. It was actually James Lee who popularized the term the most in the US in the 1960s. His books were one of the first to use the term Kung Fu, spelled with a 'K'. Ed Spielman himself studied martial arts and Chinese culture in the 1960s, which is why he wanted to do write a movie script about it.

"Also, way before Kung Fu series was filmed in 1972, Bruce Lee had already revealed some outline of the The Warrior's story in Oct 71 issue of HK Four Seas magazine (refer to LJF post). I found it matches the Kung Fu series' storyline. This shows Bruce Lee did participate and contribute his idea to the series beforehand."

Except Ed Spielman and Howard Friedlander had already written their script and sold it to Warner Brothers long before October 1971. Bruce may have had a similar storyline in mind, but he didn't have a finished script with details like specific character names.

Here's Ed Spielman talking about where his characters came from:

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  • Re: Kung Fu - Jacky on Apr 5, 2017, 2:33 AM
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