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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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.
NOW, the The Game of Death as Bruce intended it to be shown is actualized by the sheer brilliance of John Little, in "A Warrior's Journey." Fans of Bruce Lee.. THIS IS ONE DVD that you cannot miss!
I particularly like the part where Bruce bends the bamboo and says to Dan:"This bamboo is longer.. more flexible and very much alive.. and if your flashy routine cannot keep up with the speed and the elusiveness of this thing (the bamboo) here.. all i can say is that.. baby.. you are in deep trouble.." And later again Bruce says to Dan:"Rehearsed routine is difficult to keep up with broken rhythm.."
The Game of Death as Bruce intended it to be shown, as represented in "A Warrior's Journey" has become my most favourite Bruce Lee movie!
But the real awesome thing here is the rare, uncut scenes from "The Game of Death." The footage is about 40 minutes long, and quite satisfying as well. Thing is, I thought they would actually find and show some scenes that took place outside of the pagoda, but there aren't any at all. Ah well, it's still great. At least I knew how Bruce wanted it to be.
Kudos to the people who found the footage that was lost for an amazing 28 YEARS.
Overall, this is definatley worth getting. I liked it alot, and hopefully you will to if you decide to go on and buy it.
Overall, a great documentary that you can watch over and over. Get this movie!!
i will be waiting and searching for it...many thanks to producer of Bruce Lee - A Warrior's Journey.