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THE WAY OF THE DRAGON: THE HONG KONG FILMS OF BRUCE LEE

February at the Trylon

Though relegated to side-kick status in Hollywood, Bruce Lee’s films produced in Hong Kong made him an international superstar. Cut down in his prime, these are the classics upon which all other martial arts films are judged. Unavailable to screen for years, we finally have brand new restorations.

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Starts Fri, February 5

THE BIG BOSS

(1971, DCP, 99m, Cantonese w/English subtitles) dir Wei Lo w/Maria Yi, James Tien, Ying Chieh Han. Cheng (Lee) moves out of the city to work in an ice factory with his family. He has sworn never to use his deadly martial arts skills, but when his family begins to mysteriously disappear, Cheng must break his vow. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN 3:00 5:00 7:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, February 12

FIST OF FURY

(1972, DCP, 107m, Cantonese w/English subtitles) dir Wei Lo w/Nora Miao, Maria Yi, James Tien. The legendary Chen Zehn (Lee) returns to Japanese-occupied Hong Kong to find his teacher has been murdered by a Japanese dojo. Released in the U.S. under the title The Chinese Connection, Fist is arguably Lee’s best and most copied film. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:15 SUN 3:00 5:15 7:30 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, February 19

THE WAY OF THE DRAGON

(1972, DCP, 90m, Cantonese w/English subtitles) dir Bruce Lee w/Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Robert Wall. Tang Lung (Lee) visits his family in Rome, only to find they are being harassed by gangsters. When he convinces them to defend themselves, things escalate quickly. Featuring what we believe is the greatest kung fu fight of all time. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN 3:00 5:00 7:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, February 26

GAME OF DEATH

(1978, DCP, 100m, Cantonese w/English subtitles) dir Robert Clouse w/Biao Yuen, Bolo Yeung, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In production when Lee died, Game was finished with other actors as stand-ins. Largely considered the first “Brucesploitation” film, it is a fascinating watch. The last act is exceptional kung-fu filmmaking. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:15 SUN 3:00 5:15 7:30 MON/TUE 7:00

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