Outside the Longbox: Happy 72nd Birthday to Bruce Lee!

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”  – Bruce Lee

We are going Outside the Longbox to pay tribute & respect to the martial arts legend who changed the world one side kick at a time. The one, the only, Bruce Lee. Today would have marked the 72nd birthday of the man who transcended the racial barriers of his time to become the first Asian to gain widespread fame, popularity & success in America while bringing the beauty of the Asian culture to us Gweilos, forever changing how the Asian community is perceived.

Born in San Francisco’s Chinatown on November 27, 1940, Bruce Lee entered this world in both the year & hour of the dragon, a very strong & fortuitous omen in the Chinese zodiac. Set in the stars from his birth, it was evident that Bruce Lee was destined to be a dominate force to be reckoned with. Bruce Lee’s star shined beyond being just another martial arts action star, bringing his own personal philosophy & beauty of the Asian culture to the forefront of everything that he did. Whether it was through interviews, revised scripts to include enlightenment along with ass kicking, his books or through the wide spread teachings of his Jeet Kune Do methods, Bruce Lee was always pushing the limits of his body & mind to reach the pinnacle of human potential.

Bruce Lee may be best known as the world’s most influential martial arts figure of all time, but in his own words, Lee wanted to be known as a great “human being”. It was through this belief of how one should live, that Lee was able to connect with the minds, hearts & souls of everyone  he came across, from personal encounters, relationships or just from seeing him 50 feet tall on the big screen.

What set Bruce Lee apart from all others of his time was his passion, motivation & drive for what he wanted to accomplish. It was never about fame or the bright lights of being a superstar. Lee was fighting not just for himself but for an entire culture. He fought for those whose voices were unheard by the western world while representing the heights that any one can ascend to with self belief, hard work, discipline & the determination to overcome any & all obstacles that may stand in front of you.

It is for this reason that the spirit & legend of Bruce Lee has endured time with continued relevance  years after his passing. From imitation to representation, you can still see his imprint on the world across generations passed & present from his inspiring energy that makes us all want to be better human beings. Even in this world cluttered with CG filled films, you can pop in any Bruce Lee film (well, minus the first half of Game Of Death) & they will still stand the test of time.

This was put together not to mourn Bruce Lee, but rather to celebrate a life truly worth remembering. So sit back, PoP!ulation, & enjoy some of Bruce Lee’s greatest film moments in an action packed thrill ride of the most kick-ass proportions, as Panels On Pages unwraps a video birthday present to one of the most extraordinary human beings that ever walked the earth. Walk on PoP!ulation…. Walk On.

–The Guzmaniac





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  1. A fantastic tribute, sir. Well done.

  2. I remember the first time I saw the 1 inch punch. It completely captured my imagination.

    • Jose Guzman says:

      When looking through the footage to pick out shots, I found myself re-watching all of his fight scenes over &over in awe. Vs Chuck Norris at the Coliseum is still amazing.

  3. Happy birthday to the greatest. Proud to say I have all his films on DVD. They never get old.

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