Book chapter on Bruceploitation published

By Simon Barber on December 10, 2017 — 1 min read

In November 2017, a book entitled Cult Media: Re-packaged, Re-released and Restored, edited by Jonathan Wroot and Andy Willis,  was published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book features a chapter that I wrote with Oliver Carter entitled ‘The Dragon Lives Again: Distributing ‘Bruceploitation’ via Home Entertainment’.

Abstract for the chapter

The focus of this research is an exploitation film industry known as ‘Bruceploitation’. Achieving momentum in the 1970s and early 1980s, this industry mainly comprised independent producers that sought to posthumously exploit the stardom of Bruce Lee by producing films featuring look-a-likes of the late martial artist and actor. The work argues that Bruceploitation provides an insight not only into the political, economic and cultural implications of satisfying demand for Bruce Lee films following his untimely death in 1973, but more importantly, the ongoing significance of exploitation as an economic model of film production and distribution.

You can find out more at the publisher’s website.

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