As I prepare for my very first Q&A on Friday, I know a common question asked will be:
Why did you decide to make this film?
Grandmaster Pui Chan’s journey is fascinating and needed to be shared. Over the years people would ask about his life and when they heard a fraction of it, they would say to me, “You should write a book.” I am no writer. Although I am no expert filmmaker, I always knew this would be the media outlet best suited for me. Kung fu is such a visual art so making a documentary was definitely the best option. Better to watch him do kung fu than read about it right?
At the surface, it is your typical story about the ‘American Dream’. However, on a deeper level, there is so much more. Just like kung fu (for those of you who are practitioners you know it isn’t just about kicking and punching). The same themes in the film can be compared to the deeper lessons of kung fu. Discipline, hard work, determination, perseverance, self-control, loyalty, and dedication…the list could go on and on and on…
In the end, the reason I made the film is simple. I wanted to share my father’s story with the world because it is inspiring. Grandmaster Pui Chanhas a unique way of motivating those around him, and since not everyone is lucky enough to live in Orlando at the Temple, (ahem Sifu Tu 😉 then the best way to share his spirit is with this documentary. Like martial arts, there is a deeper meaning to the film. I hope in this modern and sometimes cynical world, focusing on tradition and positivity is welcomed. I hope everyone enjoys the film, is inspired by the film, and leaves the theater with good energy and a positive spirit!