Sunday, September 24, 2017
Grindhouse Fest Greatest Hits
The Real Bruce Lee
1973, Hong Kong/USA, 99 min, 35mm
Directed by Jim Markovic
Featuring Bruce Lee, Bruce Li, Dragon Lee
— PLUS on the same double bill
Lee Lives Within
1978, Hong Kong, 86 min, 35mm
Directed by Cheng-Liang Kwan
Starring Lieh Lo, Nora Miao, Siu-Lung Leung, Chin-Kun Li
THE REAL BRUCE LEE
In the tidal wave of Bruceploitation martial arts homages, tributes and knockoffs following the untimely death of Bruce Lee, few are more ridiculously entertaining than The Real Bruce Lee (“We positively guarantee the Real Bruce Lee” shouts the poster), a bold-faced cash grab mashing together rediscovered childhood footage of the real Bruce, pseudo-documentary spiel, a highlight reel of his greatest imitator, Bruce Li, and a kung fu feature starring Dragon Lee modeled after Bruce’s Fist of Fury.
LEE LIVES WITHIN
In the grindhouse fervor for martial arts films in the wake of Bruce Lee’s breakout success, unscrupulous distributors rushed to slap his name on a seemingly endless supply of unrelated Hong Kong imports. In the explosive Lee Lives Within (aka Showdown at the Equator), a team of kung fu crimebusters infiltrate a local gang, igniting a war in the streets.