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Posted: 13 Feb 09, 12:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry for being in the wrong place... but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I am currently working on a new Bruce Lee documentary for UK television. The series is based on four one hour episodes:

Early Life and Chinese Cinema
Pre-fame in the USA
Green Hornet - Enter The Dragon
Bruce Lee's death and cinema legacy

This will be the first Bruce Lee documentary to made and broadcast in HD (and hopefully Blu-ray release).

I have already made a rough cut from e-bay DVD's and from other internet collectors/collections (eg 'You Tube')  – but the problem is that many of these clips are too poor to be broadcast.

Perhaps it is the wrong place to ask, but, would it be possible for you guys to help track down better (higher quality copies) of these clips? (I have already tried the limited Bruce Lee forums etc)

All acknowledgements and rights will be acknowledged:

(Who knows - perhaps one day they will let me loose on a Queen version!)


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Posted: 14 Feb 09, 10:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John , I don't have any material too  offer , more of  a suggestion -  I used to do wing chun and can put you in touch with some sifu ( teachers ) who are  well know  on the  the  uk  wing chun / jkd  circuit - they could  offer  you  some advice / opinions on Bruce Lee  or  put  out  some feelers if that helps ?

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Posted: 14 Feb 09, 13:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Dracula2 wrote:

John , I don't have any material too  offer , more of  a suggestion -  I used to do wing chun and can put you in touch with some sifu ( teachers ) who are  well know  on the  the  uk  wing chun / jkd  circuit - they could  offer  you  some advice / opinions on Bruce Lee  or  put  out  some feelers if that helps ?

Thanks - as they say in the TESCO advert 'every little helps'.
Anything appreciated.






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Posted: 14 Feb 09, 14:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John - 1 ) Are you going to write a book ? If so can you keep us posted on it / any updates on your documentary .

          2) I don't know this guy prsonally , but he taught my sifu , he is by all accounts one of the top wing chun practicioners in the uk  - Sifu Oliver van Overbeek http://www.wcasap.com/instructor.htm If you read his bio he  was taught by Christian  Pankhurst ( a wing chun legend who  as I understand it was taught by yip mann himself ) . Olivers'  bio gives his  e mail address , so he may ( if you ask nicely ) put you in touch  with Pankhurst . Hope this helps ?

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Posted: 15 Feb 09, 08:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


  John , can I clarify what I said in my reply last night . When I said I thought Christian Pankhurst was taught by Yip mann , I have thought about it and I think it is unlikely - rather ,  I think it's more likely that that  Pankhurst was taught by one of Y.P's disciples/star  students . If you think about it  the chronology/timing doesn't fit .....Yip Mann  died of cancer in the  early 1970's ( so I  doubt ) he  would have been taking on students at this  stage of his life 

 Also If  you've seen "Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story"  there  was resistance within the Chinese community to Lee teaching certain of the more esoteric/spiritual aspects  of wing chun to non ethnic Chinese and I assume Y.P being  both  a  traditionalist  and  of the  older generation he  wouldn't  (  at  least  publicly ) condone  the teaching of them to westerners . Sorry for  any confusion I may have caused you . But Pankhurst is def someone to talk to , as he is  recognized throughout  Europe as a leading wing chun exponent  and  everyone I know who  has met him can't speak highly  enough of him 8 -)