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Bruce Lee movie to film in Malaysia and China

MalaysiaA film telling the story of Bruce Lee’s early career in 1950s Hong Kong is scheduled to film in Malaysia and China, and is planned as a US-China co-production.

Little Dragon is written and co-produced by the late martial artist's daughter Shannon Lee and involves several Chinese production companies.

"The film will be a contemporary take on Bruce Lee who, aside from being considered the most gifted and famous martial artist of all time, is now accepted as a major philosopher in his own right," said filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who will direct.

"It is important that audiences today can relate their own lives to the journey of Bruce Lee, who manages to tap into his inner wisdom and harness his true destiny before it’s too late."

Malaysia is positioning itself to become one of South-East Asia’s main production hubs with a 30% filming incentive and sound stages at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios.

American movies are increasingly looking to form official co-productions with Chinese companies as this enables them to bypass China’s strict annual quota on foreign film releases in the country.

For more on filming in Malaysia see our production guide.

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