Saturday, February 14, 2009
The footage, from Game of Death, gives a great illustration both of the kind of athlete Kareem was, and also the size of his world view. A couple years back, when Andy sat down with Kareem, the Cap talked about his relationship with the late martial arts icon:
AK: Did your friendship and training with Bruce Lee help you with your approach to basketball, either mentally or physically?
KAJ: Oh, definitely. Bruce, more or less, backed up what I had learned from John Wooden. The whole thing about being prepared and understanding your own skills. What you have to offer and what you don't have to offer. Channeling to your approach to everything specific. It was just an echo of John Wooden, from Hong Kong as opposed to Indiana. You have to be committed. You have to be prepared. You have to be willing to sacrifice to be totally prepared. To be in shape and understand the nature of competition. And he wanted to do that.
AK: How did you guys meet?
KAJ: I studied a little martial arts between my sophomore and junior years in New York. And when I came back out to L.A., I wanted to continue my studies. So I went to a gentleman that was publishing a martial arts magazine and I said, "Where can I go to study? I'm out there at UCLA." And he said, "Bruce Lee lives out there." And I was a little put off, because I had started the aikido, which is the Japanese style. And Bruce did Chinese style, so I was gonna have to start over. But he said, "No, no. Bruce is really unique, because it's an eclectic style. You should go have a talk with him." I called him and he invited me over to his house. We talked and immediately got be friends. And he liked the fact that I was a trained athlete coming through the door. It wasn't like I had to get in shape. And I was easily won over by the logic and approach to his style. We were friends from that day on.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The series is based on four one hour episodes:
Chinese Cinema and early life.
Pre-fame in USA.
Green Hornet - Enter The Dragon.
Bruce Lee's death and cinema legacy.
This will be the first Bruce Lee documentary to be made and broadcast in HD (and hopefully future Blu-ray release).
I have already made a rough cut made from clips bought from e-bay DVD's and from other internet sources (such as Youtube)– the problem is that many of these clips are too poor to be
Would it be possible for you guys to help me track down better (higher quality copies) of these clips?
I am especially interested in anything 'new' such as the colour (or B&W) version of 'The Orphan', the rumoured ‘Big Boss – The Version You’ve Never Seen Before’,'Game Of Death - lost 20 minute reel' and any other rare clips not generally available to the public at large.
(A later spin-off would be to recreate the ultimate 'Game Of Death' HD version - but that is another story).
We have already contacted CBS re:‘Blondie’ episode ‘Pick On Someone Your Own Size’, and may be able to track down a primitive (1964 SONY CV-2000) home recording using 1/2" reel-to-reel tape.
All acknowledgements and rights will be acknowledged:
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and you can find out more about me by looking up my contributions to the 'Queen' world at www.queenzone.com
John S. Stuart.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Debuting at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con by Toynami, this 24″ representation of one of the greatest and most inspirational Asian celebrities has finally been done real justice in the Cinemaquette form.
This won’t be cheap, most Cinemquette’s run in the US$2000 range and are limited to only 1000 pieces worldwide, luckily they have an Asian distributor based in Hong Kong and you can email them now to get your name on a waiting list.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
British-born Indian actor Dev Patel, who hit the limelight with his big-screen
debut performance in Danny Boyel's "Slumdog Millionaire", aims to become Britain's Bruce Lee by starring in martial art movies.
The 18-year-old, nominated for Best Actor at BAFTA, holds a black belt in tae-kwon-do and plans to use his skills to further his movie career, reports mirror.co.uk. "One of my favourite films is 'Enter The Dragon'. I love Bruce Lee. I would love to do a martial arts film. That would be wicked," he said.