Tokyo fest to feature Bruce Lee retrospective
TIFF to screen "Enter the Dragon," othersTOKYO – To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Hong Kong kung fu flick legend Bruce Lee, Tokyo International Film Festival will screen some of his classic films, including a rare Japanese print of “Game of Death” during the fest in October.
The "The 70th Anniversary: Bruce LEE to the Future" tribute will be part of the Winds of Asia Middle-East section and also include "Enter the Dragon” and Hong Kong kung-fu comedy “Gallants” (2010), as well as “The Legend is Alive” (2008) from Vietnam, to show Lee’s continuing influence on Asian cinema.
“We are now negotiating over the screening of two or three more Bruce Lee movies and hope to make an announcement in the next few weeks,” said Winds of Asia-Middle East programming director, Kenji Ishizaka.
Lee’s short film career – “Enter the Dragon” was released after his death in 1973 – helped spark a worldwide boom in martial arts.
The 23rd edition of TIFF will run October 23-31 at Roppongi Hills and other central Tokyo locations.