Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee plan ends

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 June, 2011, 12:00am

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.