IT lay on a shelf for more than 30 years, unwatched and half forgotten. Now film fans are rushing to get a copy made so it can be seen once more in public. A chance find in a film laboratory on the other side of the world has brought back one of the landmarks of the Hong Kong cinema industry. The Orphan, starring Bruce Lee before his rise as a kung fu superstar, has for years been available in black and white only. But one of the original colour negatives has turned up in the Rank Film Laboratory in Britain. A member of the Hong Kong Film Archive on a study tour stumbled across the negative and 11 others. Archive senior manager Cynthia Liu Chiu-fun said: 'It is in excellent condition. Now we are trying to find one of the local production companies to make a show copy and it should be shown sometime next year.' The Orphan, made in 1960, was director Li Chenfeng's first colour film in Cantonese, and was one of the last Bruce Lee made before going to the United States. Archive staff also found four films starring singer Zhou Xuan stashed away in a tiny storage room at the top of a factory. By rights the films should not be here because the negatives are chemically unstable and even a potential fire hazard. For them to survive 50 years almost unscathed is virtually unknown.