Bruce Lee Season
When former child actor and Hollywood TV sidekick Bruce Lee returned to his native Hong Kong in 1971 to star in two films for fledgling company Golden Harvest, movie history was made thanks to one of the most iconic partnerships between star and studio that cinema has ever seen. In only a handful of films, Lee high-kicked his way into audiences’ imaginations forever, thanks to his blistering screen presence and his masterful ‘Jeet Kune Do’ fighting technique.
The first two starring vehicles for Lee, The Big Boss and Fist of Fury (both directed by Lo Wei), smashed all box office records in Hong Kong and made him the most famous face on the continent. Lee asserted his artistic independence by directing, writing and starring in The Way of the Dragon, arguably his most thrilling and personal film. Tragically, on the cusp of achieving the international stardom he had long strived for, Bruce Lee died suddenly in 1973, aged only 32.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Bruce Lee, the world’s first international martial arts superstar. Thanks to Arrow Films, Triskel Christchurch will present the three pictures that Lee made with Golden Harvest before his passing. Each one has been digitally remastered and will be presented completely uncensored. A selection of vintage original trailers for other martial arts classics will precede each screening.