Some of my first movie memories were of Bruce Lee on VHS. I remember going to my grandmothers house everyday after pre-school while my mom was at work. A classic afternoon would involve a trip down Victoria street to grab lunch ingredients and then putting on a Bruce lee VHS afterwards. Like most people, I was drawn in by his crazy martial arts moves, huge fight scenes and infamous noises. I remember one afternoon where I got overly excited imitating Bruce Lee and puked out my noodles from lunch.
It wasn't until a few months ago, that I renewed my appreciation for Bruce Lee when I came across this article by Maria Papova on Brainpickings.
Bruce Lee has grown to become a mentor and cultural leader for me. In acknowledging the lack of Asian and minority representation in film and media, I have been inquiring deeper into what my responsibilities are in my work. How is my work shaping the landscape of film? Who's voices are being represented when I put out new work? How can I shift the power to those who are not typically with power in our society?
Outside of my work as a filmmaker, his philosophies on living life have also been largely influential on me. Watch this great piece compiled by Must See films.
Bruce was not only an influential person in drawing me to the beauty and excitement of film, but now later in my life, has been an influence on how to live life. For me, Bruce Lee exemplified the balance of living with self-will, determination and discipline while also living in the present and detachment. He balanced living with desire and detachment of the mind.
Thank you Bruce for inspiring me to cultivate a life of persistence, letting go and standing for what you believed in.