HKIFF celebrates Bruce Lee's 70th birthday

Festival spotlights martial arts master starting Mar. 30

BEIJING -- Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Bruce Lee, the 2010 Hong Kong International Film Festival will shine a spotlight on the martial arts master's influence on global cinema with a program beginning Mar. 30.
The festival's Bruce Lee 7010 tribute will include nine of his best movies, from "The Kid" (1950) -- when Lee was just 10 years old -- through to his lead role in "The Orphan" (1960) at 20, allowing the audience the rare chance to watch him grow up on screen.
The program also will include a few Cantonese films, such as "The Thunderstorm" (1957), and the kung fu classics, such as "Enter The Dragon" (1973), the film that made Lee a global superstar.
"Bruce Lee's legacy continues to inspire filmmakers and audiences around the world," said Shaw Soo-wei, executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, organizer of the festival and Bruce Lee celebration going on until Apr. 6.
Lee's work continues to drive worldwide interest in Hong Kong action cinema. His films have influenced all areas of popular culture including fitness, music, sport, dance and video games and drove the martial arts film industry into the mainstream, putting Hong Kong cinema on the world map.
"The HKIFF is proudly committed to supporting Hong Kong film talent of the past and present who pave the way for new filmmakers to establish themselves globally," Shaw said in a statement.
To better celebrate the films, this weekend, Mar. 25-28 from 7PM, the W Hong Kong, the official film festival hotel, will host Bruce Lee Hours, serving complimentary popcorn during film screenings in the hotel's Living Room cocktail bar.
In partnership with Bruce Lee Enterprises and sponsored by Tiger Beer, the exhibition and tribute will be open officially opened at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Mar. 30 by Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee Keasler, and Linda Lee Cadwell, wife of the late Bruce Lee.
Also as a part of the tribute, on Apr. 4, Hong Kong Film Archive programmer, Sam Ho will lead a group seminar on Bruce Lee films in Cantonese with simultaneous English interpretation at the Hong Kong Science Museum.
In addition to the film retrospective, the tribute will launch "Bruce Lee Lives," a special HKIFFS publication of new articles by critics Sek Kei, Bryan Chang, Bono Lee and Po Fung, offering insight into Lee's life and the impact he had on those who met him and the audiences whose lives he touched.
Free to the public, the exhibition will display some of Lee's personal belongings, including costumes, his kung fu practice helmet, family and behind-the-scenes photographs, his own hand drawings and sketches of his martial arts techniques, letters to friends and family and contracts with film studios.