Bruce Lee - A Warrior's Journey
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Bruce Lee was an enigmatic, legendary figure at the time of his death in 1973. His popularity has never waned and this 2001 documentary on the black belt movie star attempts to explain some of his magnetic appeal. Included in this biographical film is footage of The Game of Death, the film that Lee was involved in at the time of his death. Pieced together by Lee aficionado John Little, the film's finale is a flurry of images of the master in action for over 30 minutes.
Bruce Lee's life, philosophy, and final film are examined in this reverent documentary, which traces the master's path through the development of his own style, his battles with mainstream Hollywood and martial arts traditionalists, and his emergence as the world's top box-office draw. Just as interesting as Lee's life is the chance to see lost footage from The Game of Death, Lee's final, unfinished film. Outtakes offer the opportunity to see Lee's perfectionism in action, and the reconstructed storyline reveals how Lee's personal martial arts philosophy shaped the film. And yes, there is a spectacular nunchakau fight. Interviews with Lee and those close to him highlight his energy, intelligence, and remarkable charisma. Fans of Lee will welcome this new insight into his filmmaking, and those unfamiliar with his life and work will come away with a new respect. The DVD includes a Lee filmography, the theatrical trailer for The Game of Death, and audio commentary by the director. --Ali Davis
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If you want to know the true story of Bruce Lee's life, and see 30min of newly discovered footage of him in action from "Game of Death" (which was never released in the form he intended) and hear from his own lips his true message to mankind (which has basically been suppressed), then this is the movie for you.
I like the parts of commentary/video of Linda Lee - I appreciate her insights. Scott M.
Not only was it fascinating to get to see the lost Game of Death footage but the DVD is also a biographical documentary that was extremely well done. They really focused a lot on painting a picture of Bruce Lee as a deep artist/philospher not just showing us this 'butt kicking' chinese guy who made action films. This documentary really did a great job of showing the depth and integrety he had for the spiritual part of the martial arts and how he wanted to express himself as a teacher who was on the path to spiritual enlightenment through his art and the inner expression of it.
I am an artist type who is very deeply into eastern philosophy, my friends are always surprised when I tell them that I love Bruce Lee's work, they find it out of character for me since I am not even a martial artist and am not the type to be into action films. They unfortunately associate him as just this chinese action hero. Only the fans know how deep he was into the spiritual side of it all. How he was so deeply in tune with the Truth that he challenged the whole martial arts community for the dogmas and eventually even left behind the idea of styles to just learning to awaken to the inner expression of what Kung-Fu really is about---training the intuitive part of you to learn to react to the moment without any set ideas, no form as form. This DVD captured the essence of that part of Bruce---Bruce Lee the artist.
If that wasen't enough, it also includes very rare footage of Bruce Lee, interviews, quotes and interviews even his wife at the time Linda. This is in my opinion, by far, the very best, most sophisticated documentary ever done of Bruce Lee.
Bruce Lee: A Warriors Journey focuses on Bruce's rise to fame in both the Martial Arts world and the film world. It explores his struggles against prejudice in Hollywood. On top of all that Bruce's original vision for The Game of Death is revealed. His original script is uncovered. Completely different from the released version. This was going to be the film that finally focused on Bruce's personal philosophy.
The real gem of this documentary comes at the end. For the first time. The full thirty minutes of Bruce's lost footage for the Game of Death is revealed and let me tell you it's glorious to behold. These thiry minutes featuring some of the greatest martial arts I've ever seen on film. If there ever was any reason to think that Bruce Lee was the master it's proven in this footage. Had he lived to finish the film it could of possibly been his masterpiece.
Skip the released version and watch this documentary instead.