Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.
Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
It was infuriating to see the tasteless knockoffs that surfaced when Bruce Lee died. Like the lamentable lemming, I found myself queuing up every time one of these stinkers opened; and, like said lemming, I invariably found myself regretting it. But I was a true believer, a Bruce Lee fan from his days on THE GREEN HORNET, and I wanted to see anything and everything that might shine light on his having been. It was often painful. The long anticipated theatrical release of GAME OF DEATH, with footage thought to be lost, was nothing less than loathsome. Here and there, documentaries had hinted that there was much more footage than had been seen in the lackluster feature. Most of us had given up on ever seeing any more of it.Enter John Little, and suddenly there was something to crow about again. BRUCE LEE: A WARRIOR'S JOURNEY is must-see for fans of "the little dragon." Often moving and always- always- respectful, Little's documentary is the tribute to the memory of the greatest martial artist of the 20th century that we've been waiting for since 1973. The GAME OF DEATH fight scenes- as presented here- are among the very best Bruce Lee ever conceived. In many respects, these beautifully crafted confrontations are the highlights of his career. The focus is almost always on Lee himself- which is where it should've always been, anyway. A follow-up theatrical release of GAME OF DEATH with a reworked beginning (omitting none of the available footage in its present form) would be worth paying to see, indeed. But only so long as John Little wrote and directed it.
This is a touching and compelling portrait of the legendary martial artist, humanist, entertainer and philosopher, Bruce Lee.While interested in Lee, and entertained by his films, I have never considered myself a fan. Produced with love and care, A Warrior's Journey has helped rekindle my interest in a man whose timeless messages, and amazing physicality were lost to the world as I was growing up.This documentary is less comprehensive than a biopic, as it really does not cover all of Mr. Lee's too-short life. Rather, it is a film essay concerning his importance as a cultural icon and his unique melding of intensely personal quasi-taoist philosophy with the practice of martial art. If you've ever wondered what the "big fuss" concerning Bruce Lee is, this film is the right choice. Interviews with Lee's friends, students and family are carefully woven together with a well-written voice-over narrative, interviews with Lee, and the ever-intense fight footage from several of Lee's films. Particularly interesting are the articulate comments of his friend and student, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, and Linda, his wife.An added bonus, worth more than the cost of the DVD, is the complete remaining footage of Lee's last major project "The Game of Death", featuring some of the most interesting physical acting and clever martial arts photography I have ever seen.I did not expect much from this film, but was surprised to find that once I got it rolling, I could not take my eyes off the screen.
I love this documentary because it gives a better image of who Bruce really was and how much of a great hard worker and perfectionist he was. The only thing that kills me about this documentary is when they talk about the tv series Kung fu. Everybody and their momma know that Bruce should have been playing that role instead of that worthless Carradine. This shows you what type of world we live in. But anyway, I loved the Game of Death footage because of the offbeat comedy between Bruce and his buddies. I liked the way in which Bruce is relaxed and how his buddies sit back and watch him save the day. I really appreciated the lost footage especially compared to that sorry crap they put together back in 1978. Robert Clouse should have his ass kicked for making that garbage. Overall I highly recommend for everyone especially Bruce fans like myself. 4.5 out of 5.
I always saw Bruce Lee as an enigma. This movie lays that feeling 100% flat to rest. It is so well done I was glued to the set even though all they show are clips and the remaining scenes to Lee's last movie: "Game of Death."The scenes in "GoD" are very well-done even for a marginal MA fan like me. However, the pauses were too long, but Lee's mastery made it worth waiting to see his moves. The scene with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (the last recorded piece) was better in the later part of the fight and even turned convincing.John Little did an excellent job of directing this documentary. He allowed first hand witnesses to speak freely. It is clear from the start of the film that it was made as a reverence to Mr. Lee - a world class person and martial arts master. A sadness permeates this movie because you feel that Bruce Lee was taken way too early.Zafoid