Bruce Lee was a Chinese American martial arts expert and movie star best known for films including Enter The Dragon and Game Of Death. Born on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, he was the son of Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-Chuen. Lee returned to Hong Kong at three months old and was raised in Kowloon, where as a child he appeared in several films. In his late teens he moved to the United States where he began teaching martial arts, eventually moving into films. Lee is widely credited with changing the perceptions of Asians in Hollywood movies, as well as founding the martial art of Jeet Kune Do. Lee died in Kowloon Tong on July 20, 1973 aged 32 from acute cerebral edema.
Bruce Lee plan ends
A plan to turn the home of the late actor and martial arts master Bruce Lee Siu-lung into a museum was scrapped after the government and the building's owner failed to agree.
Yu Panglin, who owns the two-storey house at 41 Cumberland Road, Kowloon Tong, offered to donate the house in 2008. It is now worth more than HK$100 million.
He hoped to expand the building with a cinema, library and a martial arts training centre. But the government said the plans did not fit into the low-rise residential area.
Instead, an exhibition will be held next year, at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin, to showcase the Jeet Kune Do founder's contribution to martial arts. About 100 items and a documentary will be shown.
American-born Lee, who lived in Hong Kong as a child before returning to the US aged 18, taught martial arts and starred in many martial arts films, before his death, aged 32, in 1973.
Raymund Wei Wing-kit, a Form Five student at La Salle College, Kowloon, who is a Bruce Lee fan and member of the Hong Kong karate team, said: 'He is a legendary figure in Chinese martial arts. Holding the exhibition will not be as meaningful as opening a museum in his house.'
Another fan, Wong Tak-ching, 23, said it was puzzling that the US had a museum in his memory, while Hong Kong did not. As the exhibition would end one day, it would not be a permanent reminder of Lee, Wong said.