At a time when the 1960s counterculture was in full swing in San Francisco, Lee (Philip Ng) was a rebel of his own, teaching his own type of martial arts to non-Chinese despite his community frowning upon it. A young actor named Steven McKee (Billy Magnussen) becomes a pupil of Lee’s, who in turn is fascinated by his new student’s line of work. However, kung fu master Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia) is sent from China to stop Lee’s heretical ways, soon giving birth to a legend. Jin Xing, Jingjing Qu and Simon Yin also star.
On August 25, Birth of the Dragon will be programmed against Weinstein/Dimension’s horror title Polaroid, TWC’s Tulip Fever, Sony’s drama All Saints and IFC’s African-American drama Crown Heights.
Birth of the Dragon premiered at Toronto last year. Steven J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson wrote the script and produce with Michael London and Janice Williams for Groundswell Productions along with James Hong Pang and Leo Shi Young for Kylin Pictures.