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Bruce Lee, Hong Kong’s much loved icon, stars again in Sha Tin museum exhibition

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The Hong Kong Heritage Museum on the banks of the Shing Mun River, Sha Tin.

An exhibition celebrating the memory of Bruce Lee has been set up in the Hong Kong Heritage Museum on the banks of the Shing Mun River, Sha Tin. It is part of the 20th anniversary of the HKSAR and will run until July 2018. Bruce, who is probably the Hong Kong icon, was not just a film star and martial artist, he was a cultural phenomenon. Six hundred items of Bruce Lee memorabilia are on show at the 1 Man Lam St museum.

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Bruce had many connections with Sai Kung and CWB. He was filmed on Clearwater Bay Road with Betty Ting Pei with whom he was alleged to have been in a relationship at the time of his 1973 death.

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Betty Ting Pei and Bruce Lee. Credit: kungfucinema.com

Some of his fight scenes were shot in the local hills. A house at 180 Nam Shan San Tsuen Road was featured as the home of his boss in another movie. Most famously the Fuk Hing Bridge at Pak Tam Chung is also known as the “Bruce Lee Bridge”. Here Bruce was secretly filmed for “Unicorn Fist”. He had agreed to be merely a choreographer for the film but scenes of him in fighting pose shirtless were taken without his knowledge. Some minutes of this appeared in the movie and Bruce, whose name guaranteed a box office hit at the time, was suing when he died.

Bruce was born Lee Jun-fan in 1940 at Chinatown in San Francisco. He was raised in Kowloon and appeared in Hong Kong films as a child actor. At 18 he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. Bruce began teaching martial arts. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films caused a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the 1970s. He died at Betty Ting Pei’s home in Kowloon Tong at age 32. Previously he had suffered brain swelling or cerebral edema. The disease hit him again that night possibly triggered by a pain killer Betty gave him, an inquest found. Bruce’s wife Linda took his body to Seattle. Now he is buried in Lake View Cemetery alongside his son Brandon.

 

 

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