Daugh­ter plans to start film­ing next month

New Straits Times - - News - AU­DREY DERMAWAN GE­ORGE TOWN news@nst.com.my

PE­NANG will be on the silver screen again when Lit­tle Dragon ,a film fea­tur­ing leg­endary mar­tial arts star Bruce Lee in his teenage years, hits the­atres next year. Pe­nan­gites may be cho­sen to play ex­tras in the film­ing, which be­gins next month and ends in Novem­ber.

Lee’s daugh­ter, Shan­non, who is co-pro­duc­ing the film, said Pe­nang had the per­fect set­ting to repli­cate her fa­ther’s child­hood in Hong Kong in the 1950s.

“The nat­u­ral set­ting here, and par­tic­u­larly the old build­ings, are per­fect for our film­ing,” she said af­ter pay­ing a cour­tesy call on Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng at his of­fice yes­ter­day.

Shan­non said the pro­duc­tion crew had been go­ing to the ground for weeks now.

She said the film would fo­cus on the life of her fa­ther as a teenager, his in­flu­ences and as a cham­pion cha-cha dancer.

“It will be an orig­i­nal story of my fa­ther’s teenage years.”

Four can­di­dates were cho­sen to play Lee’s role from the ini­tial 5,000 can­di­dates who au­di­tioned dur­ing a world­wide search over the past seven months.

A Malaysian is among one of the four can­di­dates cho­sen.

Lit­tle Dragon will also be shot at Pinewood Iskan­dar Stu­dios in Jo­hor Baru and Guangzhou in China.

Lee was born in San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia, in the United States but was raised in Kowloon, Hong Kong, dur­ing his teenage years.

He died on July 20, 1973, aged 32.

Lee’s fa­ther, Lee Hoi-chuen, was a fa­mous Can­tonese opera star, and, be­cause of this, the ju­nior Lee had an early in­tro­duc­tion to films and ap­peared in sev­eral films as a child.

His first role was as a baby who was car­ried on to the stage in the film, Golden Gate Girl.

By the time he was 18, Lee had ap­peared in 20 films.

Lee is no­table for his roles in five fea­ture-length films — Lo Wei’s The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Har­vest’s Way of the Dragon (1972), di­rected and writ­ten by Lee; Golden Har­vest and Warner Broth­ers’ En­ter the Dragon (1973) and Game of Death (1978), both di­rected by Robert Clouse.

Bruce Lee

Shan­non Lee

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