Saturday, March 1, 2008

“Waaaaaaa!!!” It’s Bruce Lee

Was anybody else annoyed/humored/confused by the ridiculous dubbed piercing squeals and shrieks when Bruce Lee was fighting?

Bruce Lee poises an interesting image for Asian American masculinity, one of physical strength, brute force, and bulging muscles. In essence, he is the opposite of the “yellow man” in broken blossoms.

At the same time, Bruce Lee is not sexualized in the way (even though sexism, misogyny, and women as objects are highly problematic in this film). Both Williams and Roper (the other antagonists) sleep with women every night since they arrive on the island. Choosing which woman/women to sleep with is like choosing candy from a candy store for these men (soooo problematic) however, Bruce Lee does not engage in this behavior showing a troublesome conflict: he is depicted as moral and desexed.
I’m not suggesting that Bruce should sleep with many women in the film (a way masculinity is commonly constructed), but I just question how he’s constructed in comparison to other main male characters in the film, specifically Williams and Roper.

I also want to bring up the male body in the film- there’s a bit of objectification and homoerotic undertones in this film around the male body.
Even though there’s all this male-on-male ass kicking in the film, there is something about the way Bruce Lee is visually shown especially when he’s fighting. To me there’s this sense of desirability in the male body that’s shown in scenes like Bruce Lee fighting (mostly with no shirt on) and when Williams is putting on his robe after having sex with many women.

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