Enter the Dragon original release at Graumann’s Chinese in Los Angeles

Artist Aaron Kai emailed me these extremely rare photos from the original 1973 release of Bruce Lee’s martial arts epic Enter the Dragon. The images feature the original banners at Graumann’s Chinese Theater. When Aaron’s not collecting vintage martial arts memorabilia, he’s a highly skilled painter. See his work at myfantasyart.com/id/kaiart.

Martial arts film icon Jim Kelly passes away

Shidoshi Ron Van Clief, Grandmaster Michael Jai White, Film Producer Warrington Hudlin and many other martial artists have been posting tributes and their personal memories of iconic martial artist and action film star Jim Kelly, who passed away last night at the age of 67 at his home in San Diego. According to a CNN
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40th Anniversary Enter the Dragon screening and kung fu movie poster exhibit coming to L.A. next week

The Academy will present a special 40th Anniversary screening of Bruce Lee’s cult classic martial arts epic Enter the Dragon, with special guest appearances including John Saxon and Bob Wall, Enter the Dragon producers Paul Heller & Fred Weintraub, cinematographer Gil Hubbs, screenwriter Michael Allin and Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee. The screening will be presented
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Pioneering African American actress Judy Pace and Kung Fu

I was doing some research last week on actress Judy Pace, whom I’d read had broken Hollywood color lines by becoming the first black villainess on television with her role as Vickie Fletcher on the TV show Peyton Place in 1968. Pace was a trailblazing actress, securing roles in groundbreaking films, such as 1970’s Cotton
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Chuck Norris talks about his friendship with Bruce Lee

During an interview with Michael Eisner on CNBC back in 2009, Chuck Norris talks with Eisner about his friendship with the legendary master Bruce Lee. Norris talked about their training in Los Angeles before went back to Hong Kong, who would win in a fight, and more. The entire interview ran on April 6th, 2009.
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Check out this episode of Bruce Lee Lives: The Master

I was talking to my friend King Uprock, who I interviewed for Blvd. Warriors, and he turned me on to the show Bruce Lee Lives, which is currently running on Fuel TV. It looks interesting, but may be a bit too similar to How Bruce Lee Changed the World. However any show featuring Bruce Lee
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Rare footage of martial artist Jim Kelly in tournament action

I found this rare footage of Jim Kelly in point or semi-contact action from his tournament days. Although best known from his performance as Williams in the 1973 Bruce Lee martial arts epic Enter the Dragon, Grandmaster Jim Kelly was a serious martial artist, beginning his training in Shorin-ryu karate. Additionally, he trained in Okinawa-te
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Green Hornet’s 45th TV anniversary

My good friend and Blvd. Warriors interviewee Hector Martinez reminded me that yesterday was the 45th anniversary of the first airing of the original Green Hornet TV series, which starred legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee and Van Williams. George W. Trendle created The Green Hornet television series, which premiered on U.S. television on
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The story of Bruce Lee and I

Bruce Lee and I Also Known As: The Unicorn Palm, Fist of Unicorn, Qi lin zhang Director: Ti Tang Cast: Unicorn Chan, Wai-Man Chan, Ching Chen, Tina Chin-Fei, Alan Chui Chung San, Alexander Grand, Han Jae Ji, Wen Chung Ku, Yasuaki Kurata, Hoi Mang, Mars, Jackie Chan was an Extra, and Bruce Lee was an
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What U.S. films were released with Enter the Dragon?

I’ve been thinking about what films came out the same year as the groundbreaking Bruce Lee martial arts epic Enter the Dragon. So I researched and found that U.S. film studios were already beginning to experiment with their release schedules and genres, long before the iconic revenge epic hits American shores. Their were numerous projects
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