Bruce Lee is a legend. There’s probably nobody who will dispute that.
Seeing or reading about Bruce Lee invokes a feeling of awe and nostalgia, unlike most older shows or films. And this is coming from someone who hasn’t actually watched his films.
Probably because he inspired so many that other characters built on Bruce Lee’s characteristics made me feel a sense of familiarity.
And if you’re wanting to watch his films on the big screen just like how your parents had done so before…well, now you can.
Cathay Cineplexes AMK Hub and West Mall screening old Bruce Lee films 12-16 Aug
There are 5 films in total: The Big Boss, Way of the Dragon, Fist of Fury, Enter the Dragon, and Game of Death.
Bruce Lee died at age 32 in 1973 before finishing with Game of Death.
Tickets go on sales starting 2 Aug, with tickets going at the prices:
- Senior Citizen Ticket – $4
- Student Ticket – $5
- Standard Ticket – $7
Here’s the schedule:
In case you can’t see:
- 12 Aug 2019 (Mon) — Enter The Dragon 龙争虎斗 (1972)
- 13 Aug 2019 (Tue) — The Big Boss 唐山大兄 (1971)
- 14 Aug 2019 (Wed) — The Way of the Dragon 猛龙过江 (1972)
- 15 Aug 2019 (Thu) — Fist of Fury 精武门 (1972)
- 16 Aug 2019 (Fri) — Game of Death 死亡游戏 (1978)
As part of the promotion, Medium Popcorns are going at only S$2, and 4pc Samosas at S$3.
If you want to book, you can do so that Cathay Cineplexes, but take note that screening is only before 2:00 p.m.
Movie-goers might also notice that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which has Bruce Lee as a character, is also screening around that period on 15 Aug 2019.
In which case, you might want to know a little bit about some real-life drama…
Bruce Lee daughter not happy with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Warning: mild spoilers for the film.
So, to get you started on this real-life spicy drama, just know that the writer here might be a bit biased because shit can be stirred.
When Bruce Lee died, his daughter, Shannon Lee, was only 4 years old. But considering that she is now an actress, martial artist and businesswoman who studied Jeet Kune Do, and would later be president of the Bruce Lee Foundation and created the TV series Warrior based on his father’s script, I think it is safe to say that Shannon respected her father.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a 2019 comedy-drama film set in 1969 Los Angeles, involving a lot of old actors and characters in old-time Hollywood (hence the name). To pay homage to these actors and characters, directors (in this case Quentin Tarantino) often need to consult experts for historical accuracy.
In this case, Tarantino got the approval from the daughter of Sharon Tate (another Hollywood legend) for the film. But he didn’t find Shannon Lee.
So Shannon criticised Tarantino for not consulting her.
“With Tarantino’s film, to not have been included in any kind of way, when I know that he reached out to other people but did not reach out to me, there’s a level of annoyance – and there’s part of me that says this is not worth my time and my energy.
“Let’s just see how the universe deals with this one.”
But that was on 8 Jun 2019, what about now, when some parts of the world can already watch the movie?
She slammed the actual movie as well
I said I wanted to stir shit, but sometimes the shit just stirs itself without outside influence.
In talking to TheWrap, Shannon Lee said it’s “disheartening to see her father portrayed as an arrogant blowhard” and “It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theatre and listen to people laugh at my father”.
She’s not the only one unhappy with the portrayal of Bruce Lee here. Matthew Polly, who wrote Bruce Lee’s biography, said that “Bruce revered Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali); he never trash-talked him in real life. Bruce never used jumping kicks in an actual fight. And even if he did, there wasn’t a stuntman in Hollywood fast enough to catch his leg and throw him into a car.”
In fact, Sharon Tate’s friend, Ava Roosevelt, also came out and say that she didn’t like the film’s portrayal of Sharon Tate.
But anyway, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may or may not have anything to do with Bruce Lee Retrospective.
The shit-stirrer in me says that this screening is indeed related and is how people in the movie industry say they don’t like Bruce Lee portrayal in the new film in a politically correct way.
But it’s okay. You can relive Bruce Lee’s legends right here in Singapore with his classic films instead of with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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