Bruce Lee, one of the most enduring pop icons of the 20th century and the leading figure in martial arts-related entertainment is finally getting his own anime. We all grew up watching him. The breakthrough “House of Lee” anime series created by Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, is the first Bruce Lee-related anime work.
This fascinating project is a partnership between the renowned artist Emily Yang, the cutting-edge content platform Shibuya, and Bruce Lee Entertainment. The series is set to premiere in 2024.
After years of exploring, Bruce Lee Entertainment is now producing an animated film featuring the actor. The inspiration for Shannon Lee’s House of Lee narrative eventually came from her own life experiences.
House of Lee – Teaser
The First Teaser of “House of Lee” is finally here. It gives us the perfect mix of nostalgia and old-school anime.
Bruce Lee’s Legacy continues
Since his death in 1973, martial arts star Bruce Lee has inspired an array of characters in fighting games and anime. The statement from House of Lee is poetic in a way because the Hong Kong-American actor served as the model for many of the most well-known anime characters, including Naruto’s Rock Lee.
We already know how badass Lee’s live-action motion pictures are, including The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, and The Way of the Dragon. It is a landmark of the legendary martial arts movie “Enter The Dragon,” its 50th anniversary which launched Bruce Lee to worldwide fame.
The inspiration for this series, which will explore an action-fantasy tale, came from Shannon Lee’s own experiences. As Bruce Lee gathers his Dragon Warriors to fight the impending darkness that threatens the entire world, the story will chronicle his quest.
The series takes its title from a wise proverb by Bruce Lee that reads, “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
Crew Behind House of Lee
Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter subsequently established herself as a producer in her own right. “Anime is an amazing medium for telling a truly creative story where Bruce Lee can be Bruce Lee,” she said when discussing the project.
“I’m so excited for the possibilities for action, fantasy, history, culture, and creativity within this medium.” Based on White Rabbit, Shibuya’s previous animated short, Shannon decided to work with them on House of Lee. “I love Emily and Shibuya’s perspective,” she said.
“They are such creative, hard-working, skilled artists with an amazing brand, I just knew that they would be perfect collaborators. The organic way it all came together spoke volumes of our potential collaboration, and it’s been great!”
Yang gave an explanation of her motivation for the project. “I found myself immediately resonating with the narrative as it touches on themes of spirituality, the battle against your inner demons, and so many aspects of the AAPI experience,”.
She further explained “It being such a personal story, Shannon wanted to really retain creative control and ownership. At Shibuya, our mission is to help creators do just that and so I knew this was something we had to be a part of.”
Nevertheless, time will tell if the House of Lee can adapt Lee’s lightning-quick kicks and titular wataahs with the same amount of intensity. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many characters based on Bruce Lee. Characters like Rock Lee (Naruto) and Blue Gilly (One Piece) are inspired by Bruce Lee.
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