As a cultural icon for Asian American and mainstream audiences alike, Bruce Lee is considered an inspirational figure. The upcoming release of “I Am Bruce Lee,” which Canadian filmmaker Pete McCormack directed, explores Lee’s life through archival footage and interviews with people who were close to him.
Lee, whose thinking was both revolutionary and controversial, was an inspirational figure for a generation of artists, athletes and philosophers, according to the film’s Website. The documentary features interviews with those who knew the martial arts legend, as well as others who were inspired by him, including basketball player Kobe Bryant, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas and Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee.
“I think it tells a story of my father that hasn’t been told, especially not in this way,” Shannon Lee said in her video blog.
The documentary’s creators said “Enter the Dragon,” released three weeks after Lee’s death, “launched the global martial arts film genre which thrives to this day.”
Lee, who passed away at the age of 32, left his mark in martial arts and pop culture. He was voted as one of most important people in the 20th century according to Time Magazine’s “Time 100” and is considered the “Father of Mixed Martial Arts” by UFC President Dana White. The mixed martial arts, or Jeet Kune Do, was Lee’s particular fighting style, which incorporated martial arts from both the East and West to “make a martial artist as efficient as possible in combat,” according to the filmmakers.
“I Am Bruce Lee” will screen at the following theaters throughout California.
Feb. 9 TBD AMC Loews Metreon 16 S.F.
Feb. 9 8 p.m. 4 Star Theatre S.F.
Feb. 9 8 p.m. Rave Cinemas, Brentwood 14 Brentwood
Feb. 10 8 p.m. Crest Theatre Sacramento
Feb. 9 TBD Rave Cinemas, Rave 18 and IMAX LA
Feb. 9 TBD Rave Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 LA
Feb. 9 7:30 p.m. ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood Hollywood
Feb. 9 8 p.m. ArcLight Cinemas Pasadena Pasadena
Feb. 9 TBD UltraStar Cinemas UltraLuxe Anaheim
Feb. 9 8 p.m. Arclight Cinemas Beach Cities El Segundo
Feb. 9 7:30 p.m. Arclight Cinemas Sherman Oaks Sherman Oaks
Feb. 9 7:30 p.m. Krikorian Buena Park Metroplex 18 Buena Park
Feb. 9 7:30 p.m. Krikorian Downey Cinema 10 Downey
Feb. 9 8 p.m. UltraStar Mission Valley San Diego
For a full list of theaters across the United States at which the film will be screened, or to purchase tickets, visit http://iambruceleemovie.com.