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Beyond Bruce LeeChasing the Dragon Through Film, Philosophy, and Popular Culture$
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Paul Bowman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165297

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165297.001.0001

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Bruce Lee Film in Cultural Translation

Bruce Lee Film in Cultural Translation

(p.100) Chapter Four Bruce Lee Film in Cultural Translation
Beyond Bruce Lee

Paul Bowman

Columbia University Press

This chapter approaches Bruce Lee's films as texts and contexts of cultural translation. It does so by establishing a rather twisted or indeed “queer” notion of translation, which involves understanding translation as something less “literal” (or logocentric). By considering some peculiarities of the film Fist of Fury (1972), it explores theories of translation and their imbrication in various models of culture and tradition, as well as Benjaminian arguments about the text as construct. Fist of Fury is a complex and internally contradictory construct, with all sound added post-production and hence lacking any “original” as such. The chapter addresses the complexity of such putatively “simple” popular cultural texts as Fist of Fury when approached as the “arcades” of “cultural translation”.

Keywords:   Bruce Lee, martial arts films, cultural translation, queering, Fists of Fury

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