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.
Enter the long-awaited Bruce Lee show
Late kung fu star's clothing, pictures and tools will go on display for the first time in July as part of a long-awaited exhibition to run for five years
More than 100 items of memorabilia telling the life story of late kung fu legend Bruce Lee will go on display for the first time in July.
The five-year Bruce Lee exhibition at the Heritage Museum in Sha Tin is the result of efforts by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department after a plan to convert the star's former home into a museum fell through.
The department said most of the exhibits would be on loan from the Bruce Lee Foundation, a public benefit corporation which aims to promote and preserve the legacy of the late star, run by his family - wife Linda Lee Cadwell and daughter Shannon Lee.
The items will include clothing, pictures and tools used by Lee to practice kung fu. The items have never been shown publicly.
The exhibition, covering over 600 square metres, will also feature a 2-1/2 hour documentary telling Lee's life story and interviews with those who were close to him.
In 2008, philanthropist Yu Panglin offered to donate Lee's former home, a two-storey house at 41 Cumberland Road in Kowloon Tong, in the hope of turning it into a museum. But the conditions to expand the house into a fully fledged museum complex could not be agreed upon, and the plan was scrapped in 2011.
The Legislative Council last year approved funding of HK$24.8 million to stage an exhibition commemorating the influential screen icon, who died in 1973. "We believe this will be hugely popular," said Leisure and Cultural Services director Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, adding the department would work with the Tourism Board and Travel Industry Council to promote the show to visitors. The exhibition will run for five years, after which it will be reviewed by the department.
The Bruce Lee show won't be the year's only cultural highlight. From May, mainland critic Pi Daojian will guest curate The Eternal Tao: New Dimensions in Chinese Contemporary Art at the Museum of Art - a look at Chinese art from a diaspora perspective, featuring works by more than 40 Chinese artists from the mainland, Hong Kong and beyond. And a public art space will be created outside the museum in a revamp.
The department said it would organise more exhibitions by guest curators in the coming year, and develop collectors' series showing works that were in the hands of private collectors.
Last year, public museums saw record-high visitor numbers - totalling 5,795,426. Some 299,662 people saw Imperishable Affection: The Art of Feng Zikai at the Museum of Art. The Roman Tam exhibition at the Heritage Museum had 474,117 visitors.