The Tower Theatre is presenting special weeklong screenings of two re-released or restored films starting Friday:
- "ENTER THE DRAGON": The 25th anniversary edition of the late action star Bruce Lee's most famous film, if not the most popular martial arts movie of all time.Directed by Robert Clouse ("Iron-heart"), the thriller puts Lee in the middle of a combat tournament, along with American actors John Saxon and Jim Kelly (whose own brief career took off with its release).
The film showcases Lee at his peak, fighting multiple opponents with his dazzling Jeet Kune Do style - and obviously outclassing his mismatched American co-stars. And the topper is the finale, in which Lee's character confronts the evil Mr. Han (veteran Chinese actor Shek Kin) in a hall of mir-rors.
Also of note for kung-fu fans are cameo appearances from a few future martial-arts genre stars, including Jackie Chan, Bolo Yeung, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung. Hung also fights Lee in the film's opening sequence.
"Enter the Dragon" is in English, with some dubbed dialogue. The film is rated R for violent hand-to-hand fighting and duels with weapons, as well as some brief gore.
- "ANTONIO GAUDI" is Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara's documentary tribute to the early 20th century Spanish architect of the title, whose bold designs reflected odd organic shapes.
Originally released in 1984, this new restored print of "Antonio Gaudi" was culled from original footage as well as some later reshoots done by Teshigara's photographic crews.
Considered unusual for its time, the documentary features little dialogue aside from an interview with one of Gaudi's assistants. In place of spoken words, it uses Catalonian folk music (selected by Teshigara's longtime cohort, late film composer Toru Takemitsu) to convey moods.
Featured are some of the architect's most recognizable works, including Casa Batilo, with stairwells that look like backbones, balconies that appear to have facial expressions and almost scaly, reptilian roofing.
"Antonio Gaudi" is not rated but would probably receive a PG for brief glimpses of some violent images on tapestries.