LEGEND OF A WAR­RIOR

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8 (Corey Lee, Canada). 78 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: 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.

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