Bruce Lee is without doubt Hong Kong's most famous son. The 40th anniversary today of the untimely death of the martial arts legend and movie star is being marked by fans around the world, proving the strength of his enduring appeal. Despite his iconic status, though, it is odd that the only fixed reminder of him in our city has been a bronze statue on the harbourfront in Tsim Sha Tsui. Admirers are to be commended for resolutely beginning the work of righting the wrong.
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.