February 1, 1965 - March 31, 1993
Shortly before his death and during his last interview,
Brandon's words were strikingly prophetic - read them and judge for yourself:
"Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible
well; and yet everything happens only a certain number of times -- and a very small
number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your
childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your life that you can't even
conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more? Perhaps not
even that. How many times will you watch the full moon rise, perhaps twenty?
And it all seems so limitless." - Brandon Lee
As the Crow Flew: The Life and Untimely Death of Brandon Lee; By Bev Walton-Porter
'The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.' Or is it?-LJ
- Brandon Lee
If ever one lived a short life worth remembering, it was Brandon Lee.
Best known for his performance in the dark, haunting movie The Crow,
Lee personified the spirit of intelligent, talented youth which shone
bright with the promise of future acting success.
'The Crow,' released in 1994, was the last in a short line of movies Lee acted in.
These included 'Legacy of Rage' (1986), 'Kung Fu: The Movie' (1986),
'Laser Mission' (1990), 'Showdown in Little Toyko' (1991) and 'Rapid Fire' (1992).
But his last could not have been a more prophetic movie for Lee to die in while
making. 'The Crow' would come to define the true extent of Lee's burgeoning
acting ability. Sadly, it would also define the end of his lifeline.
Originally written by James O'Barr as a graphic novel,
'The Crow' is thought to be inspired by O'Barr's loss of
his fiancee when she was killed in a car accident involving a drunk driver.
In the movie, Brandon Lee portrayed Eric Draven, who is murdered,
along with his fiancee, on Devil's Night. (October 31st, he died March 31st)
Draven's restless soul is resurrected from death and brought back by a crow so
Draven may exact revenge upon his fiancee's killers.
Just as the crow delivers Draven's soul back to the living,
so does the 'Keep the legacy of Brandon Lee alive' start.
Born from the union of the legendary Bruce Lee and Linda Emery Lee,
Brandon Bruce Lee arrived in this world on February 1, 1965 in Oaklen with
Eliza and they planned to marry on April 17, 1993, mere weeks after
the expected wrap-up of 'The Crow.'
But the wedding would never take place.
Sometime after midnight on March 31, 1993,
Lee was mortally wounded by a projectile from a gun which
was supposed to be filled with blanks. Despite a five-hour operation,
Lee's life couldn't be saved. The next day's autopsy revealed a
fragment of a .44 caliber bullet which was lodged against Lee's spine.
Lee died from internal bleeding which was unstoppable.
Brandon Lee was buried on April 3rd. His father was buried on July 25th in
Hong Kong, but his wife decided he should be buried in usa because of security,
peace of mind and her right to visitations reasons. Why worry about somebody
even in his death ? Hong Kong, she thought might erupt into full scale war
with China or create unrest because of its delicate political situation.
He was buried in a Catholic cemetery on July 31st.
By: Denis Lubec