Since the opening night of Once upon a time in hollywoodShannon Lee has been candid about her reaction to portraying her late father, Bruce Lee. Things seemed to have calmed down between director Quentin Tarantino and Lee’s daughter, but as Tarantino soars through his promotion of the new version of his novelization for 2019 Once upon a time in hollywood, the filmmaker stopped by Joe Rogan’s Spotify podcast on June 29 and was asked about the criticism of the Bruce Lee film’s portrayal. Specifically, a fight scene in which Brad Pitt’s character Cliff easily knocks down the martial arts icon, played by Mike Moh. Tarantino told Rogan, “I can understand his daughter having a problem with this – it’s her fucking dad, I understand,” before quickly dismissing the criticisms of others.
This weekend, the Hollywood Reporter gave Shannon lee center stage to respond to the renewed criticism of his father’s legacy as presented in Once upon a time in hollywood, responding directly to Quentin Tarantino’s most recent comments on Bruce Lee} reviews.
“Why is Quentin Tarantino talk as if he knew Bruce Lee and hated him? Sounds odd considering he’s never met Bruce Lee, right? Not to mention Mr. Tarantino cheerfully dressed the bride in an imitation of my father’s yellow jumpsuit and the Crazy 88s with masks and Kato style outfits for Kill Bill, which many saw as a love letter to Bruce Lee. But love letters are usually addressed to the recipient by name, and from what I observed at the time, Mr. Tarantino interestingly tried to avoid uttering as much as possible the name Bruce Lee at the time. “
She went on to say, “If only he took Bruce Lee’s name off his lips now.” Quentin Tarantino’s official quote was, “I can understand his daughter having a problem with this. He’s her fucking dad. Everyone: go suck a d —.”
Tarantino’s response didn’t quite respond to Shannon Lee’s broader criticism. In her heartfelt and timely column, she has more to say to Tarantino, but also to white Hollywood men in power, in general.
“I’m tired of the white Hollywood men who barely notice the impact it has had on the action film genre and fight choreography, or the proliferation and interest in martial arts that it has. has aroused in the world, or the number of people and communities he continues to inspire and touch with his performances, philosophies, teachings and practices while casually downplaying how his accomplishments have uplifted morale and become a source of pride for Asian Americans, communities of color and people around the world, and how he accomplished all of this at the age of 32. “
And she also made her points for Tarantino.
“As you already know, the portrait of Bruce Lee in Once upon a time in hollywood by Mr. Tarantino, in my opinion, was inaccurate and to say the least unnecessary. (Please don’t blame actor Mike Moh. He did what he could with what he was given.) And while I am grateful to Mr. Tarantino for having so generously acknowledged to Joe Rogan that maybe I have my feelings about his portrayal of my father, I’m also grateful for the opportunity to express this: I’m really sick of white men in Hollywood trying to tell me who Bruce Lee was. “
“Look, I understand what Mr. Tarantino was trying to do. I really understand it. Cliff Booth is a badass and a killer that he can beat Bruce Lee. Character development. I understand. I just think he is. could do it. Did it so much better. But instead, the scene he created was just an uninteresting teardown of Bruce Lee when it didn’t have to be. was white Hollywood treating Bruce Lee like, well, white Hollywood treated him – like a superfluous stereotype. But it was Mr. Tarantino’s creative device that he chose, so he first asserted, although ‘he now seems to be claiming that this is in fact an accurate portrayal of Bruce Lee and that is what would have happened if Cliff was a fictional person) and the real Bruce Lee (if he was a mediocre martial artist and arrogant) had clashed. Whaaa? “
Shannon Lee continues to address the issue in the original essay, ending with this note: “Under the sky, under the heavens, we are one family, Mr. Tarantino, and I think it is time for both of us. to walk. “
Shannon Lee is an American actress, martial artist and businessman. She is the only living child of a world famous martial artist Bruce lee and retired martial arts teacher Linda Lee Cadwell. For more on Bruce Lee and his legacy, you can watch the 2020 documentary Either water which focuses on Hollywood’s rejection of Bruce Lee and his return to Hong Kong to complete four films. Trace his struggles in two worlds, Either water explores questions of identity and representation through rare archives, intimate interviews and his writings. This essay can be read in full on The Hollywood Reporter.
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