Enter the Clones of Bruce – Director David Gregory

Within hours of his funeral, Hong Kong movie studios began to produce hundreds of unauthorized biopics, spin-offs and rip-offs starring a competing roster of Bruce Lee lookalikes. Over the next decade, ‘Bruceploitation’ would become a staple of global cinema. Director David Gregory examines this fascinating phenomenon via interviews with Bruce LiBruce LeBruce Liang and Dragon Lee; martial arts legends like Angela MaoDavid ChiangPhillip Ko and Sammo Hung; and the producers, directors, distributors and experts – along with copious clips from the films themselves – that for the first time reveal the history, controversy and legacy behind one of the most bizarre genres in movie history. Director, cinema aficionado and founder of Severin Films David Gregory (Lost Souls: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau) joins us for a spirited conversation on the twisted tale of Bruce Lee’s actual career in film, the shadow careers of look-a-likes and the filmmakers willing to push the limits of credibility and propriety to satiate an audience of martial arts cinephiles.


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About the filmmaker – Executive Producer/Director David Gregory made his first feature-length documentary TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE – THE SHOCKING TRUTH in 2000 for the distribution company he co-founded, Blue Underground. He soon went on to direct – and often produce and edit – over 100 documentary features and shorts for DVDs that included THE DEER HUNTER, BADLANDS, FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, HEATHERS and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, as well as the longer documentary projects THE JOE SPINELL STORY, BAN THE SADIST VIDEOS!, THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO and the IFC original production THE SPAGHETTI WEST. He made his narrative feature-directing debut in 2008 with PLAGUE TOWN, which he also co-wrote and co-edited. Gregory co-produced and co-directed the 2011 Grand Guignol-inspired anthology horror feature THE THEATRE BIZARRE, and it was during post- production that David began the process of making LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. The documentary had its world premiere at London’s Frightfest in August 2014 and its US premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest a month later. It took the ‘Best Documentary Award’ at Sitges, the ‘Director Award’ at the Morbido Festival in Mexico, and collected additional awards at festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, and Cape Town. Gregory also served as co- producer on Stanley’s return to feature directing after two decades, H.P. LOVECRAFT’S THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE. Gregory’s subsequent documentary feature BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival in July 2019. In 2020 he directed and co-produced TALES OF THE UNCANNY, a documentary on anthology horror featuring Roger Corman, Greg Nicotero, Tom Savini and over 50 more luminaries from the horror genre. TALES OF THE UNCANNY took the top award at Abattoir Festival in Wales where in premiered in October 2020. In 2021, Gregory executive produced the landmark folk-horror documentary WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED. Hailed as “brilliant” (AV Club) and “mind-blowingly epic” (Film Threat), the film has screened at over 40 international festivals and received nearly a dozen major awards, including the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW and Best Documentary at Fantasia International Film Festival. David Gregory is co-founder and CEO of Severin Films, the production/distribution label dedicated to the world’s most provocative cinema for physical media, theatrical, streaming and beyond. Founded in 2006, their distribution catalogue includes projects by iconic filmmakers Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roman Polanski, Dario Argento, Paul Morrissey, Mike Leigh, Lucio Fulci, Just Jaeckin, Peter Greenaway, Dennis Hopper, Joko Anwar, Patrice Leconte, Walerian Borowczyk, Sergio Martino, Álex de la Iglesia and UK comedy legends The Comic Strip. Severin has also elevated the oeuvres of such fringe auteurs as Andy Milligan, Al Adamson, Ray Dennis Steckler, Bruno Mattei, Frederick Friedel, Luigi Cozzi, Claudio Fragrasso, Umberto Lenzi, Juan Piquer Simón, Joe D’Amato and Goya-Award winner Jess Franco. Learn more about their production services here.


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“Directed by David Gregory, a Severin co-founder, the film captures something of the chaotic energy of the grindhouse era, one that is interestingly balanced by the ambivalence, in some cases regret, that the stars have over their roles.” – Sean Gilman, In Review Online

“A hugely entertaining documentary that explores the oft-disreputable faux-Bruce Lee movies that followed the great star’s death.” – Stephen Silver, The SS Ben Hecht

“If cult films appeal to you, there’s no way to walk away from “Enter the Clones of Bruce” without a whole list of titles to track down.” – Matt Singer, ScreenCrush

“A zippy, smartly-cut story of the absolute moral depths the film industry can sink to, all while forming a genuinely heartfelt love letter to kung fu genre movies.” – Ben Robins, HeyUGuys

“Enter the Clones of Bruce is a breezy and fascinating deep dive into Bruce Lee-inspired movies and actors who tried to continue the legacy of Lee after his tragic death. The movie’s commentary is superb and includes some people who rarely give interviews.” – Carla Hay, Culture Mix