Radiating Bruce Lee: Cinema Under The Sky


Five film screenings and accompanying talks on the life and iconic career of Bruce Lee. Rare silent, documentary and narrative feature films, mixing genres from martial arts action to arthouse and melodrama. View Bruce Lee’s trailblazing accomplishments at the dynamic intersection of Hong Kong and Chinese American cinema. Screenings at outdoor and indoor locations across Chinatown. This film series by CHSA transforms the parking lot into Chinatown’s first open air cinema experience.

Buy a binge pass and get access to all five events.

 華人歷史學會主辦  光芒四射李小龍:星光下的電影


The Grandmaster (2013) by Wong Kar-wai

January 8

Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson St., San Francisco CA 94133

Join CHSA for a special screening of The Grandmaster by Wong Kar-Wei.

In this film, director Wong Kar-wai brings his trademark romanticism to a telling of the life and times of Ip Man, the renowned Wing Chun master and Bruce Lee’s first kung fu teacher. Set in the turbulent 1930s-’50s, the film contemplates the role of martial arts amidst war. Joining the stellar cast is a who’s who of Hong Kong film greats, including action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping and longtime Wong Kar-wai collaborator William Chang taking on editor, production designer and co-costume designer duties.

Introduction to the film by

Justin Hoover

The Way of the Dragon (1972) by Bruce Lee

Sunday, November 27

2.00PM – 5:00PM (Feature presentation The Way of the Dragon film begins at 2:00 pm, and is followed by a 60 minute round table discussion on Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong martial arts roots and his ongoing legacy, opening up for question and answer.

636 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Great Star Theater)

Join us to on Bruce Lee’s birthday for a special screening of The Way of the Dragon [1972] and accompanied by a round table discuss on the subject of Bruce Lee’s enduring multicultural legacy.

The only complete film written and directed by Bruce Lee, The Way of the Dragon begins as a Chinese immigrant saga in Rome in the familiar scene of a restaurant – one where the owner and workers are trying to fend off extortionist bullying from mafia thugs – and ends up in a gladiatorial showdown in the Roman Colosseum. The finale is a kung fu duel for the ages. Lumbering Chuck Norris goes up against Lee’s trickster arsenal of squalling calls and float-like-a-butterfly footwork, before meeting the full force of Lee’s unleashed fist strikes and kicks, as stunning in the beauty of their rapid-fire execution as in their lethal power. The fight against the White Man comes away with chest hair no less.

Panel discussion will be moderated by program curator Cheng-Sim Lim. It will begin with the roots of Bruce Lee’s martial arts in Hong Kong and track how it travels to California and mixes with hip hop and a multicultural environment. 

Panelists include:

    • Adisa Banjoko – Hip Hop blogger and professional Jiu Jitsu teacher.
    • Anthony Chan – International martial arts champion and Chinese-American kung fu master.  
    • Jeff Chinn – Bruce Lee collector and consultant to the Bruce Lee Foundation.
    • Rahman Jamal – Founder of the Afro Bushido Academy, the Rap Force Academy and the Hip Hop Congress. 
    • Mandeep Sethi – Emcee, hip hop artist, and filmmaker.
    • Malik Seneferu – Artist and educator


Roundtable discussion featuring:

guest speaker

Adisa Banjoko

guest speaker

Anthony Chan

guest speaker

Jeff Chinn

guest speaker

Rahman Jamaal

guest speaker

Mandeep Sethi

Malik Seneferu


Malik Seneferu

Malik Seneferu

Discussion Moderator

Cheng-Sim Lim

The Orphan (1960) by Lee Sun-Fung

Saturday, November 5

2.30PM – 3.50PM (Introduction, guest talk from Sam Ho and question and answer)

4.00PM – 5.45PM (Film screening)
636 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Great Star Theater)
Join CHSA for a screening of The Orphan accompanied by a talk from Hong Kong film critic Sam Ho on the Making of Bruce Lee. The Hong Kong-based curator, researcher, and writer Sam Ho will examine the syncretic identities of Bruce Lee and their formation in the nexus of postwar, colonial Hong Kong.

Bruce Lee grew up as a young Cantoese cinema star. The Orphan was the last film he made before leaving Hong Kong to study in the US. The teenage Lee plays a wild child whose thievery one day lands him in the path of a kindly headmaster. This film is extremely rarely screened anywhere outside of Hong Kong.


With guest talk from international film critic

Sam Ho

Red Heroine (1929) by Wen Yiming

Saturday, October 22

7.00PM – 8.30PM (Film screening)
5.00PM – 9.00PM (Bar and Snacks)

5.00PM – 9.00PM (Kendo and JE of the Fresh Crew live performance)

CHSA 965 Clay St., San Francisco, (parking lot on Joice St)

Kicking off our Radiating Bruce Lee film series is possibly the earliest extant Chinese martial arts film. Red Heroine shows the genre not only goes back to the silent era, but that the woman warrior was striking for justice for her sisters even then. The film was so titled to reflect the original red tinting of the woman warrior’s costume, and is an example of the shenguai wuxiapian, the supernatural martial arts subgenre that Lee’s more “realistic” combat shoved aside for a time. In this case, the flying heroine wields sword and Daoist magic to rescue virginal lasses from a warlord’s debauchery.

With live musical performance by Kendo and JE of the Fresh Crew

Note: Please dress warmly because this will be a nighttime outdoor screening.

華人歷史學會位於Joice St 與 Clay街的停車場內

Kendo and JE of the Fresh Crew

Live Soundtrack performed by

Kendo and JE of the

Fresh Crew


Golden Gate Girls (2013) by Esther Eng

Saturday, October 29
7.00PM – 8.30PM (Film screening)
5.00PM – 9.00PM (Bar and Snacks)

5.30PM – 6.15PM (Introduction and guest talk from Louisa Wei). 6:15-6:50 Question and answer with audience. 

CHSA 965 Clay St., San Francisco, (parking lot on Joice St)

Chinese American Women were pioneers in cinema is the US yet often shut out of Hollywood. The filmmaker Esther Eng embodies this trailblazing activity. Like how Anna May Wong has received recent recognition for her contribution to cinema, Esther Eng now needs similar recognition for her significant contributions. Join CHSA for our second installment of our film series with a screening of Golden Gate Girls accompanied by a guest talk from Louisa Wei on filmmaker Esther Eng. City University of Hong Kong professor and director of Golden Gate Girls Louisa Wei will speak about the pioneering Chinese American filmmaker Esther Eng (1914-1970) and her cultural milieu. Like Bruce Lee, Eng was born in San Francisco Chinatown into a family involved in Cantonese opera. Those connections eventually led Eng to cast the infant Bruce Lee in his first screen role (as a baby girl) in her film, Golden Gate Girl (2013).

The film Golden Gate Girls screened at Great Star Theater for its premiere. It is very much embedded in the history of Chinatown. Professor Wei will draw on the connection between Cantonese Opera and Bruce Lee’s family, connecting this work with the work of Lee Hoi-Cheun, Bruce Lee’s father the famous opera star and to the early work of Lee himself. 

Note: The talk will be inside in the CHSA learning center. The film will screen outside in the CHSA parking lot. Please dress warmly because this will be a nighttime outdoor screening.

華人歷史學會位於Joice St 與 Clay街的停車場內

with Director's talk by

Louisa Wei

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