Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story © 1994 Atari Corp.
The spirit of martial arts Master Bruce Lee lives on in DRAGON: a dangerously life-like combat simulation based on his biographical film. Apply discipline and a devastating array of age-old fighting techniques to subdue opponents more cunning than the real Bruce Lee ever faced. Unite your spiritual and physical strength to confront The Phantom, the mythical samurai which has plagued your thoughts and dreams, in a jeet kune do duel to the death!
No single teacher, artist or film-star has had more impact on the martial arts than Bruce Lee. His influence still lives on in Hollywood stars such as Stephen Segal and Jean Claude Van Damme, who have followed in his supremely choreographed footsteps.
Born in San Francisco on November 27 1940 - the year of the dragon - Lee was christened Li Jun Fan. The name means 'return to San Francisco', since his mother, who was to take the family back to Hong Kong less than a year after his birth, felt a return to that city was part of his destiny. Indeed it was. After a turbulent upbringing, listed as a juvenile delinquent and in regular trouble with the police, Lee's parents paid for martial arts lessons in an attempt to shield their son from further harm. Unfortunately for Bruce, no one could save him from his own personal fears. These were personified by The Phantom or 'mythical samurai' which was to plague his thoughts and dreams throughout his life.
Lee learnt a style known as wing chun, named after the woman who developed it. It is a stripped-down form of kung-fu, relying on low kicks and a defensive style known as chi sao or 'sticking hands.' This is a technique which involves responding to your opponents' moves by deflecting their blows with minimal efforts. Lee took this style and refined his own idea, 'no form' or jun fan from it. A blend of many styles including karate, savate, judo and even Muhammad Ali's boxing, it was actually inspired by sword fighting, working on the concept of parry and counter in one movement. It became known as jeet kune do, the 'stop-fast' hitting style.
At the age of 18 he returned to San Francisco as his hame had predicted. He earned cash as a waiter at his aunt's restaurant, giving dancing lessons, and demonstrating martial arts. However, it was by giving private lessons to wealthier clients from the film industry such as Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Elvis Presley, that earned him both a living and the contacts he needed in Hollywood to launch his film career.
After a difficult start, Lee achieved some fame on both sides of the Pacific. But it was the success of Way Of The Dragon that finally gave Bruce his big break in Hollywood. Enter The Dragon was his first feature there. With its fast-paced sequences and violent combat action it made him a world-wide celebrity. To date, the film has grossed $200 million, making it one of the most commercially successful movies ever made.
Bruce Lee was pronounced dead on July 20 1973, aged 32. Newspaper reports concerning an affair, rivalry with business associates and rumours that he had refused to pay protection money to Triads, continue to give credence to the conspiracy theories that suggest he was poisened. Indeed, traces of drugs discovered at his post-mortem continue to shroud his death in mystery. Some say he fought his final battle against The Phantom, and lost.
To this day he continues to be front page news in the Far East where his legend remains undimmed.
* The Nunchaku may be limited bit it's the only weapon effective against The Phantom. Learn to use it - and use it well.
* Bruce has a higher tolerance to injury when in Mantis Mode he's stunned easier when in Fighter or Nunchaku Mode.
* When Bruce and his opponent both leap at each other, delay pressing the Kick Button for as long as possible to win the attack.
* The Chop and the Flying Kick are the best attacks to use against an opponent armed with Nunchaku. It takes practice to use those moves correctly, but it's worth it.
* Try to use as many different moves as possible. The more you vary your attack, the more unpredictable your opponent will find you.
* Learn to use the moves (and especially their ranges) by playing a human opponent - without the human!
* When playing a Battle, keep an eye out for the Yin Yang symbols which appear. Be first to collect them for extra Chi.