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John Saxon, best known to martial artists as Roper, Bruce Lee's roguish co-star in Enter the Dragon, has passed away at the age of 84 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee from pneumonia. A veteran of numerous B movies and TV shows, Saxon was also known for his role in Nightmare on Elm Street.

Though no expert, Saxon had a legitimate background in martial arts before garnering his role in Enter the Dragon having first studied judo in the 1950s and then training in shotokan karate with Hidetaka Nishiyama in the 1960s. He would later go on to train for several years in tai chi chuan.

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In addition to appearing in three Bruce Lee classics, Tony Liu portrayed in four films a Chinese emperor who had a great impact on the way the martial arts evolved in China and around the world.

This blog post will test your knowledge of kung fu films, challenge your understanding of who’s had the greatest impact on the development of Chinese martial arts movies and maybe even cause you to examine your kung fu film “nerd quotient.” My first question is, What ever happened to Tony? Tony the Tiger? No, but he was g-r-reat! Tony Jaa? Too much of a suit-and-Thai guy to be linked to Chinese cinema. How about To Ni? Nah, he was a background actor often seen in old films but rarely credited. My question refers to the first actor to bear the brunt of Bruce Lee's iconic death blow: Tony Liu, aka Liu Yong.

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An exhibition titled “KICK ASS! Kung Fu Posters From the Stephen Chin Collection” will open in Beverly Hills, California. It will showcase martial arts movie memorabilia and feature a screening of the Bruce Lee blockbuster.

On April 17, 2013, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will open a new exhibition titled “KICK ASS! Kung Fu Posters From the Stephen Chin Collection” with a 40th-anniversary screening of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. The evening will feature an introduction by Stephen Chin and a discussion with the film’s cast and crew, including actor John Saxon, screenwriter Michael Allin, cinematographer Gil Hubbs, and producers Fred Weintraub and Paul Heller. In 2011 producer and screenwriter Stephen Chin donated his collection of more than 800 kung fu film posters and related materials to the academy. A six-sheet poster from Enter the Dragon will be featured prominently in the exhibition, along with such collectibles as early English-language kung fu manuals, skateboards, trading cards and lunchboxes. A viewing station will feature trailers for many of the films represented in the exhibition. “The kung fu genre exploded into world cinema in the 1970s, changing forever the way action films are shot and edited [and] changing American popular culture,” Stephen Chin said. “I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to save so much of that history. And I am thrilled that the academy is now able to share it with a larger audience.” In addition to highlighting the works of Bruce Lee, the exhibition will cover the kung fu stars who followed in his footsteps, including Jackie Chan, Sonny Chiba, Sammo Hung, Jet Li and Chuck Norris. Women also will be featured, including Angela Mao and Sue Shiomi (also known as Etsuko Shihomi). Furthermore, the exhibition will look at the myriad ways in which kung fu has been blended with other genres in the West, such as blaxploitation, horror, fantasy, comedy and science fiction. Tickets for Enter the Dragon (April 17, 2013) are $5 for the general public and $3 for academy members and students with a valid ID. To purchase, go here. “KICK ASS! Kung Fu Posters From the Stephen Chin Collection” will be open to the public from April 18 through August 25 at the Academy Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Regular viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free.

Four decades after Enter the Dragon was released, Warner Bros. has created a special edition of the Bruce Lee classic that has been remastered and will include plenty of bonus features.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the Enter the Dragon 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition gift set on June 11, 2013. The best-known of Bruce Lee’s films has been remastered and will be packaged with bonus materials, including a featurette titled No Way as Way and commentary from a variety of luminaries. The set also will include collectible art cards and an embroidered patch. Enter the Dragon was a theatrical hit 40 years ago, when it grossed $25 million domestically — the equivalent of $180 million today. The title has sold more than 450,000 units on DVD and Blu-ray since 2004. In 2004 Enter the Dragon was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” On July 20, 1973 — a month before the movie premiered — Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong. He was 32.

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