Frank Lee tells his son to stop being a pussy.
LEGEND OF A WARRIOR (Corey Lee). See listings. 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 is 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 - which begins its Toronto run this week at the Projection Booth in Leslieville and the Projection Booth Metro in the Annex - explores his ambivalent relationship with his imposing father, 70-year-old Frank Lee, whose Edmonton martial arts studio looms large in Corey's life.
Now a father himself, the 40-something Corey resumes his training in or der to spend more time with his dad - and under Corey's gradual prodding, Frank opens up about his past.
The footage of Corey enduring Frank's gruelling training program is an instant metaphor for their relationship; both men are probably too old to be doing what they're doing, but they're pushing through toward an impossible goal.
The doc builds a compelling narrative even without the animated sequences that illustrate Frank's stories, and if the ending falls short of big revelations, this is still a moving tale of understanding and reconciliation between two generations and two cultures.
Screens nightly at the Projection Booth East and Projection Booth Metro.