Before and after: a legend is born and remembered

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 November, 2010, 12:00am

The story then ...

The Kid (1950): the film that first alerted Hong Kong to Lee's special talents. As a 10-year-old, he plays the titular character, an orphan who tries to better his position in life against overwhelming odds. The film signals the arrival of a star.

The Orphan (1960): Lee's last Cantonese-language film before he moved to the United States. He plays a young tearaway hiding a heart of gold, again reflecting the mood of the city that surrounds him. You get to see both the moves - on the street and even on the dance floor - that reveal Lee's incredible athleticism. Both films screen as part of 'The Kid is All Right: Remembering Bruce Lee' festival. Call 2739 2139 or visit www.filmarchive.gov.hk.

... and the story now

Bruce Lee, My Brother: inspired by Lee's sibling, Robert, director Yip Wai-man's production looks at the actor's life before he hit the big time, charting his family frictions, his early loves, his decision to start learning kung fu - and the cha-cha. Aarif Lee - who shone in the award-winning Echoes of the Rainbow - stars as the young Lee. The film opens today (see review on page 7).

Ip Man 3: they left us dangling with the brief appearance of the 'Bruce Lee as a kid' character at the end of the second instalment of the story of the man who was Lee's martial arts mentor. And rumours have swirled ever since about the chance of a third episode focusing on the relationship between the two. Star Donnie Yen thinks no, director Wilson Yip Wai-shun says maybe, and internet chatrooms say Jay Chou is already being lined up to play Lee.