When I was a little boy, my parents' friend, the actor Kenneth Tsang took his son and me to Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong. We parked at the rooftop parking. As we walked towards the shopping mall, I saw Bruce Lee walking out by himself. He was in his trademark sunglasses, denim jacket and jeans and he had a bag slung over his shoulder. He greeted Kenneth Tsang warmly. I expected him to be all tough and mean like his on screen persona but he was very nice and smiled a lot.
My parents used to have dinners with him and he would always lift up his shirt and ask my mother to punch him in the iron-hard stomach. It's like hitting a brick wall, my mother would later describe it to me. I was never present on those occasions. So this particular occasion was my own special encounter with Bruce Lee.
I wanted to tell all my friends at school right away. I kicked myself afterwards for not telling him that I was his biggest fan. Going to his grave so many years later, it was a strange feeling. Heís buried in Lakeview cemetery in Seattle.￼ ￼ ￼
Right across from the father and son's graves is a bench put there by Bruce's wife, Linda and their daugher Shannon.
Between May 22 and June 15, the Seattle International Film Festival showed more than 400 films. The Drummer came in the top five audience favorites. The other films were Captain Abu Raed, Cherry Blossoms: Hanami, Frozen River and Fugitive Pieces (in alphabetical order). Along with The Drummer, both Frozen River and Captain Abu Raed were selections in this year's Sundance Film Festival.
People lining up for the screening of The Drummer at the Pacific Place Cinemas...
￼ ￼ SIFF Artistic Director Carl Spence doing a Q&A with me. The audience was great. Warm and intelligent.
I was in Seattle for four days for the Seattle International Film Festival. On the first day, Bao (Tran Quoc Bao), director of the short film Bookie, drove me around...
The first Starbucks store, founded nearby in 1971, moved to its present location at Pike Place Market in 1976. Itís right next to the Farmerís Market... ￼
They shot Sleepless in Seattle at this restaurant in the Farmerís Market.
Then Bao took me Post Alley...
￼ ￼ ￼ The wall is covered by thousands of chewing gums. Apparently, the sticking of gum on the wall started in the 90's while patrons waited in line to buy theater tickets. It turned into a Seattle tourist attraction.
Directorsí dinner organized by SIFF
Me, Bao, Cornelia Moore, Craig Friedson on the far right who's on the board of directors of SIFF and his friend, also named Craig