'Legend of a Warrior' opens in Toronto Sept. 21

Corey Lee. Photo taken from the production, courtesy of The NFB

Amidst all this talk of festivals, I always like to keep you updated when a festival favourite makes it to a theatre near you. Starting this Friday, Toronto audiences can see the Hot Docs hit Legend of a Warrior when it opens as the inaugural film at the newly branded Projection Booth Metro and will also be screening at its successful sister cinema, Projection Booth East. Directed by Corey Lee, Legend of a Warrior is a touching story of Lee’s attempt to reconnect with his father, Frank, a successful martial arts trainer. As Lee enlists in his father’s classes and tries to bridge the distance between them through sport, Legend of a Warrior explores the father son/journey through a fix of archival footage and funky comic book-style animation. In my review for Legend of a Warrior, I wrote, “Legend of a Warrior extends the story beyond the ring and shows how training and preparation develop greater aspects of character. Legend of a Warrior, though, packs a bigger punch by avoiding a climactic round in the ring altogether and by keeping the match between father and son. By offering such a personal journey, Legend of a Warrior excels because it knows that the greatest challenge is not the sport itself.” I also gave the film my prize for Best Canadian Doc at Hot Docs this year, if one needs another incentive!

Legend of a Warrior is produced by Bonnie Thompson for the NFB, Susan Bristow for Corkscrew Media and Corey Lee for enriquePoe Moving Pictures. It begins its theatrical run in Toronto on September 21, at Projection Booth Metro (677 Bloor Street West) and Projection Booth East (1035 Gerrard Street East). Please see projectionbooth.ca for showtimes.