Before They Were Stars: 9-Year Old Bruce Lee in “The Kid”

A lot of people forget that Bruce Lee had an extensive career as a child actor in his native Hong Kong before he became the world’s most iconic martial artist. Bruce was only nine years old when he starred in this 1950 melodrama called The Kid, where he plays a poor boy who becomes the protege of a neighborhood gangster. These old films would become a stock footage goldmine for those who made “Brucesploitation” films like Fist of Fear, Touch of Death, as they would often recycle clips from these movies and pass them off as “real” footage from Bruce’s childhood.

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