Be Water

Be Water | Bao Nguyen | US/UK 2020 | 104 Min | DCP

Bruce Lee remains the greatest martial arts icon of all time. But because of his Asian looks, Hollywood had only pegged him in supporting roles. It wasn’t until he returned to Hong Kong that he became a superstar—at first locally, then globally. Bao Nguyen’s emphatic, intelligent documentary, studded with rare archival footage, explores his fighting style’s extraordinary spiritual form, centered on his mantra Be Water. We listen to contemporaries, family members, and friends tell stories of the impact of this earth-shattering artist and key figure of the twentieth century

Bao Nguyen
Bao Nguyen is a Vietnamese American filmmaker whose directorial feature documentary debut, Live from New York opened the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast nationally in prime time on NBC. His work has been seen in The New York Times, NBC, Vice, ARTE, and PBS. Nguyen earned his BA at NYU and his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His graduate thesis film, Julian (2011), won several important awards and was nominated for even more. He was the producer and cinematographer of Nuoc 2030 (2014), a feature narrative set in near future Vietnam, which opened the Panorama section of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival. Be Water premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
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Language OmeU
Cast Voices: Jan-Fai Lee, Shannon Lee, Linda Lee Cadwell
Writer Bao Nguyen
Editing Graham Taylor
Cinematography Caleb Heller