Enter the Dragon 1973-2008

2010
6.0'
CA
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Two seminal moments of recent media history are presented side by side. The closing scene from the film Enter The Dragon* starring Bruce Lee are juxtaposed with the first segment from the Opening Ceremonies* of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. On the right Bruce Lee uses traditional martial arts to battle evil. On the left 2,008 perfectly choreographed performers synchronize ancient drumming with new digital art forms to create “the grandest spectacle of the new millennium”. (Steven Spielberg) These two monumental cinema and television events separated by 35 years marks an important period of decolonization. Bruce Lee whose strong and virile film appearances both popularized the martial arts and challenged the stereotype image of the Chinese male as an emasculated coolie*. Broadcast to a billion Chinese in China and to billions more world-wide, the opening ceremonies was the moment that China shed its image of feudalism and backward communism and re-positioned itself as a leading cultural, economic, and political force in the early 21st century.  (Vtape)