- Actors: Sun-Man Bae, Pierre Berton (II), Yuan Chieh, James Franciscus, James Garner
- Directors: John Little (II)
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: March 5, 2002
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005UF83
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- Learn more about "Bruce Lee - A Warrior's Journey" on IMDb
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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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.
His dilligent research and careful application of putting the footage together from Bruce's own notes and illustrations is obvious and well appreciated, unlike the ones who hap-hazardly put together their own version of Bruce's movie over 20 years ago. They obviously lacked the kind of clear, crisp vision that Bruce had in the way he envisioned martial arts to be, as a true artform. Not just people beating the heck out of each other (especially in action movies today), but to have a purpose or reason for violence and learning to adapt within one's own self to the outside environment to overcome challenges, as Bruce does on each level of the pagoda.
As I have learned recently, asian movies were usually shot without a soundtrack to make it easier for international showings that had to be dubbed in various languages anyways. Therefore, Bruce's war-cries are from his previous movies but add excitement nevertheless. And yes, you will hear Kareem's voice too! And other good stuff you don't want to miss.
Bruce's humour and "serious play" attitude, as in "Way of the Dragon", is as vibrant as ever in various restored scenes of The Game of Death. You can just imagine how much fun Bruce and his friends had in making the movie in getting to "express themselves freely" as Bruce always encouraged. Also, the work done by Dan Inosanto, Ji Han Jae, and of course Kareem are finally in its entirety. This restored vision of The Game of Death alone is worth getting the DVD.
The Biography segment contains more of Bruce's philosophy and footage from his screen test, movie and TV appearances that you might not have seen before. This even includes audio clips as well as some home movie footage. Brand new interviews with Bruce's family and friends are also among its features.
I would have liked to give 5 stars for this DVD but just one warning. The DVD advertises a music video and a feature-length audio commentary by Little (it does not specify whether this a narration throughout the biography or a separate track for T.G.O.D. portion). Both of these are as elusive as Bruce's bamboo whip. If anyone knows what and where these features are, please let us know. That aside however, this is a MUST for your DVD library. If you don't get it, "...you'll be in deep trouble".
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