Lee got his first leading film role later that year in the Hong Kong action crime thriller Legacy of Rage in which he starred alongside Michael Wong, Regina Kent, and Mang Hoi. In the film Lee plays the character of Brandon Ma who is a regular young man who works two jobs to support his life with his girlfriend May (Kent) and save up to buy his dream of motorcycle. His best friend, Michael Wan (Wong), is an ambitious and murderous drug dealer who eventually blames one of his crimes on him. For which he spend time in jail and vows vengeance on Wan. It also featured a cameo appearance by Bolo Yeung who appeared in his father's film Enter the Dragon. Made in Cantonese and directed by Ronny Yu, it was the only film Lee made in Hong Kong. He was also nominated for a Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer in this role. In May of the following year, it was a critical success at the Cannes Film Festival and commercial one in Japan. On the 16th of July, the film got his cinematic release in the Philippines by Pioneer Releasing, under the title of Dragon Blood. The film was number one in the country for its first five days and became a local success. At one point between its original release and the making of Lee's first lead an American Studio film the action thriller Rapid Fire (1992), producer Robert Lawrence screened Legacy of Rage and saw Lee's potential to be an action leading man in Hollywood, which led to their collaboration. After Lee's passing in 1993, in the US the film was released directly to Home media in 1998 and 1999 in Australia. The Hong Kong action film is described to be a stylistic, fast paced, with a good performance by Lee. While some didn't think it was up to par with its lead's final film, most of them consider it to be a good and his best genre film.
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