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Legend of a Warrior opens in Edmonton and in Calgary

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2012/08/15


Calgary, August 15, 2012 – Legend of a Warrior, directed by Calgary filmmaker Corey Lee, opens in Edmonton on August 31 at Metro Cinema at the Garneau, and in Calgary on September 7, 2012, at the Plaza Theatre. Featuring archival footage and action-packed comic book-style animation, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) feature documentary follows Corey's efforts to reconnect with his father, martial arts legend Frank Lee.

Frank Lee doesn't just practise martial arts: for his many students and fans, Frank Lee is martial arts—a high-kicking dynamo whose style of full contact fighting has hurtled him up into the very stratosphere of the profession. Frank is happy to play the role he's cultivated, but there is at least one person who would like to look beneath the superhero mask: his son, Corey.

Frank's status as a legendary street fighter and world-renowned coach have kept him at an emotional (and physical) distance from Corey; but now the younger Lee, in his forties and a father himself, would like to reconnect with his mighty dad. To do this, Corey must enter Frank's world, a world where fighting rules.

Born in Guangdong province in China, Frank Lee began practising White Crane kung fu at the age of 10, shortly after arriving in Hong Kong. At around the age of 20, he immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, with his mother and siblings and started working in the city's 24-hour Chinatown restaurants. He quickly developed a reputation as a skilled fighter. Through his many street fights and intense training schedule, he pushed his body to the upper limits of strength and endurance and began to devise his own style of fighting.

Living legend in Edmonton

Frank opened his first martial arts studio in downtown Edmonton in 1966, and shortly thereafter he was named a grandmaster of White Crane kung fu. He has travelled the world and trained and coached numerous world champion fighters, the most famous being Hong Kong cinema star Billy Chau (a.k.a. Chow). Black Belt magazine named Frank “the father of kick-boxing in North America,” and in May 2012 he will be inducted into the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame.

Frank's gym is located on 111 Avenue in North Edmonton, where it has been for over 30 years.

Legend of a Warrior is produced by Bonnie Thompson for the NFB, Susan Bristow for Corkscrew Media and Corey Lee for enriquePoe Moving Pictures.

Release

Edmonton, AB
Opens Aug 31
Metro Cinema (at the Garneau Theatre)
8712 109 St.

*Q&A with Corey and Frank Lee on Friday, Aug. 31 (7 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 1 (2:30 p.m.)

Calgary, AB
Opens Sept 7
The Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Rd NW

*Q&A with director Corey Lee on opening night

Legend of a Warrior
opens theatrically in select Canadian cities starting August 31, 2012. The film had its world premiere at Hot Docs 2012.

Written and directed by Corey Lee. Producers: Bonnie Thompson, Susan Bristow, Corey Lee. Executive Producers: Scott Henuset, David Christensen. Director of Photography: Jarrett Craig. Editor: Ian T. Day. Composers: Alec Harrison & Andrea Wettstein.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

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For more information and to book interviews, contact:

Colette Gunson, Publicist for the NFB
Telephone: 778-228-6779
E-mail: colette@jivecommunications.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca