LEGEND OF A WARRIOR (Corey Lee, Canada). 78 minutes. Subtitled. Rating: NNNN
A son making a documentary about his father? Not particularly original. But when the father is a martial arts master and the son a filmmaker who hasn't practised a scissor kick since he was a teenager, well, that's something new.
Corey Lee's Legend Of A Warrior explores his ambivalent relationship with the imposing 70-year-old Frank Lee, whose Edmonton martial arts studio looms large in Corey's life. Now a father himself, the 40-something Corey picks up his training in order to spend more time with his dad, and under Corey's gradual prodding, Frank opens up about his past.
It's a compelling narrative even without the animated sequences Corey uses to illustrate Frank's stories, and if the ending falls short of the big revelations the filmmaker was clearly building toward, this is still a moving tale of understanding and reconciliation between two generations and two cultures.
Apr 30, 9:15 pm, Cumberland 2; May 3, 1:30 pm, ROM Theatre; May 4, 4 pm, Isabel Bader Theatre.