Hong Kong will kick-off the 40th anniversary of kung fu legend Bruce Lee’s death on July 20 with a permanent exhibition at the Heritage Museum to honour Hong Kong’s favorite son.
The exhibition entitled “Bruce Lee: Kung Fu. Art. Life.”, is a multi-faceted tribute to the late martial arts star whose lightning fast moves and powerful kicks got a whole generation hooked on ‘kung fu fighting’.
The exhibition boasts over 600 items from collections around the world. The majority of the items are on loan from the Bruce Lee Foundation which is run by his daughter Shannon Lee.
“I’m hoping people will come because they love Bruce Lee. When they leave, they will leave with a bigger experience of who he was as a man,” said Lee, the chairwoman of the Bruce Lee Foundation.
Among the exhibits are his iconic yellow tracksuit from the movie ‘ Game of Death’ and props like the deadly nunchuks that Bruce is closely associated with.
Also on display is a notebook that reveals a lighter side of Lee.
The kung fu star, who won the Hong Kong Cha Cha Championship in 1958, kept a notebook featuring 108 different cha cha dance steps.
The exhibition also recreates scenes from Lee’s movies, his gym and his study.
In Hong Kong, Bruce Lee stands taller than all the martial arts stars that the city has produced. Born in America but raised in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee died aged 32 from a severe reaction to pain medication, just before he shot to international stardom with his film ‘Enter the Dragon’.
His small canon of films, mostly shot in Hong Kong, raised the profile of the city.