It's common knowledge that filmmaker/pervert Blake Edwards was one of Bruce Lee's JKD students.
He created "The Pink Panther" movie "franchise" in terms of writing the story behind it and all the associated screenplays.
Yet, Bruce Lee would be very upset to learn that Blake took his active Green Hornet character of Kato & changed it to Cato with a "C" and made him into a small, embarrasing role of a docile, clumsy man-servant, instead of the strong character of Kato in the Green Hornet.
Bruce, as everyone knows, never appeared in nor liked movies in which his fellow Chinese were displayed as inferior. (see "Bruce Lee: The Man & the Legend" documentary film, 1973.)
In almost all of his Pink Panther movies Blake has the character of Inspector Clouseau call Cato derogatory names: "yellow"', i.e., "My little yellow friend", "his fiendish yellow brain is plotting ways to attack me."
In the 1978 movie "Revenge of the Pink Panther" Blake refers negatively on Asians by having Inspector Clouseau use the "Y" word at least five (5) times!
In that particular movie, when Cato falls into a bakery and has white flour all over his face, Clouseau's character says "well...at least you're not yellow anymore"
At another time, in the Hong Kong Hotel in that same movie, the Inspector tells Dyan Cannon who's in a Asian woman costume, "just think Yellow"
Now, soon, there's going to be a new Pink Panther movie, (Pink Panther 2 with Steve Martin) will Blake Edwards or his progeny still use the negative racial slur "yellow"?
Art like filmwork can hurt people's feelings. There's a poetic license that seems to say let's hurt people's feelings for a laugh or let's use a racial slur to add more realism to a character.
The only good thing Blake seems to have done is to employ quasi-martial arts scenes and quasi-martial arts choreography between the Inspector and Cato. Probably to show how Bruce Lee influenced him.
Bruce would probably say "View the whole movie, including the particularly offensive part, learn and probably be entertained by what you can from it, and discard the rest, then come out with your own movie that displays your people in a positive light."
You see if you concentrate on the finger (the particularly offensive segment of the movie), then you will miss parts of the movie which are good (such as the scenes of 1978 Hong Kong and the beautiful hills of Hong Kong and the landmark Siemens Building.
I just needed to get off my chest that Blake Edwards IS THE WORST JKD STUDENT THAT BRUCE LEE HAD, and had Bruce been still alive, he would have called Blake up and yelled at him.
Personally, I'd rather Boycott any movie or book made by Blake Edwards.
Shame on you Blake Edwards!
i agree. the thing with bruce is that he would interview his students to see if they had a "good heart" and was capable to do martial arts in respectful way.
some of the students i've seen in his photos are students who have tatoos on their boday like their arm. i personally don't like tatoos, a lot of criminals wear tatoos.
but also Roman Polanski who was charged with rape on a young girl is another scum bag. God-forbid he used any type of martial arts when assaulting this poor girl. he is now on the run.
i think more analysis must be done in judging future students of any kind of martial arts. having a high fee for hourly instruction helps.
the danger is in publishing martial arts books which any idiot or criminal or person with bad heart can read and then abuse on an innocent person.