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Hollywood actor Bruce Lee’s popular yellow nunchucks marketed for $69,000 on Thursday at an auction in Hong Kong commemorating the 40th anniversary of the martial arts legend’s death. (Dec. 5)

Critics call ESPN’s new Bruce Lee documentary a “ought to-enjoy” for enthusiasts and shortly-to-be supporters of the late actor and martial arts great. 

“Be Water,” which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN, is directed by Bao Nguyen and named just after a expressing Lee made use of to share: “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you place water in a cup, it turns into the cup. You set h2o into a bottle, it gets to be the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it gets to be the teapot. Now drinking water can flow or it can crash. Be drinking water, my buddy.”

Jack Hamilton of Slate dubbed the documentary “nimble, nuanced, and at situations even poetic” and rated ESPN’s latest “30 for 30” installment ahead of the excitement-deserving Michael Jordan docuseries “The Final Dance.” 

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Some critics said the film held the lens also considerably again at instances: “There is so a lot Nguyen and his lots of interviewees want to speak about right here, and quite a few of them experience covered in as well cursory a trend to genuinely do them justice,” wrote Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone

The documentary explores the racism that Lee, who died at age 32 in 1973, endured in hoping to land guide roles in the enjoyment market. NBC News’ Nadra Nittle wrote that it “leaves no question that Lee’s expertise and charisma should have attained him guide roles in Hollywood – or how the industry’s history of marginalizing folks of coloration relegated him to actively playing sidekicks.”

Some may perhaps question why a documentary about a gentleman largely recognized for his endeavors in leisure discovered a property on a sports community, but several critics argued that the physicality and athleticism of Lee’s martial arts capabilities transcended his work in movie. 

“Bruce Lee is just not an clear fit for ESPN, further than the simple fact heaps of men and women appreciated his motion films,” CNN’s Brian Lowry wrote. “Yet ‘Be Water’ proves an outstanding addition to the network’s lineup of documentaries to fill the athletics void, examining the martial-arts star’s legacy and the circuitous, discrimination-marred path he adopted to his as well-brief stardom.”

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Early critiques dubbed the documentary a timely glance at a expertise long gone too quickly, who expended his truncated occupation sharing his unparalleled abilities even though battling for greater illustration in Hollywood. 

The documentary “succeeds in going further exactly where former Lee profiles have trod only evenly: The context of his wrestle versus racism in The usa, and his emergence as a celebrity in Hong Kong,” wrote Michael Ordoña for the Los Angeles Times. “For Lee admirers, that can make ‘Be Water’ a ought to-view. For the curious, it’s a truthful introduction to the gentleman who became a legend.”

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