Seems hard to believe that it has been over forty years since the death of martial arts legend Bruce Lee at the young age of 32. Even harder to consider that he would have turned 75 this month.
What better way to commemorate the occasion than a birthday screening of Enter the Dragon on Friday, November 29th at the Hyland Cinema as part of their ‘Retromania’ late-night series. The film is credited as creating the blueprint for martial arts cinema as we know it today. It is also known as the first martial arts movie made by Hollywood – and ironically the last film made by Bruce Lee. Sadly, the film which would have cemented his future in Hollywood – and also made him a pop-culture icon afterwards – did not have its premiere till shortly after his death in 1973. Prior to that, the American-born but raised in Hong Kong actor was unsure about his future in Hollywood. He need not have worried – made for $850,000, it went on the gross almost $22 million its first year in North America alone. The movie became a cult classic, a perennial favorite of those who like ‘manly’ movies and in the process, made Lee a household name. Continue Reading