Bruce Lee is one of the most heralded martial artists of our time. He was extremely quick and powerful and his style is impeccable. Lee enjoyed acting and film making as a way to spread Chinese culture and his beliefs.
He first ventured into film in 1969 with Marlowe playing a supporting role for James Garner.
In 1971, he helped write The Big Boss, a Hong Kong martial arts action drama thriller film. This was his first big role and it helped him become famous across Asia. Lee plays Cheng Chao-an, who travels from China to the remote town of Pak Chong, Thailand to work at the Man Lee Ice Factory. He is a skilled martial artist, but is described as someone who believes anything he is told. He wears a jade pendant as a symbol of a promise he made to his mother never to fight again.
Next, Bruce Lee starred in Fist of Fury but in the US we know it more as The Chinese Connection and The Iron Hand. He plays Chen Zhen, a student of Huo Yuanjia, who fights to defend the honour of the Chinese and to bring to justice those responsible for his master's death.
The second film he made in 1972 was Way of the Dragon or Return of the Dragon. Lee wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film. It's worth noting that this was the first film he had ever directed.
By far his most famous film came out in 1973. Enter the Dragon. This was his final film appearance before he died the same year. In fact, the film was released just 6 days after his death. Warner Bros., was the first major Hollywood studio to produce the first Chinese martial arts film, which likely contributed to much of its success. Jackie Chan was actually a stuntman for this film.
Lee had a filmed over 100 minutes of footage for Game of Death and Game of Death II before being offered the role in Enter the Dragon. He had plans to finish the film but died of cerebral edema before they could resume the project.
"Be Water My Friend" is one of the most philosophical things he said and I believe it holds many truths.