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Bruce Lee Exhibit in HK a 5-Yr Project Starting on 40th Anniversary of Death

Bruce Lee Exhibit in HK a 5-Yr Project Starting on 40th Anniversary of Death

A scene from The Orphan, the first color film produced in Hong Kong (A courtesy photo)

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The Hong Kong Heritage Museum (1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin) is opening the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu-Art-Life" exhibit on July 20, a five-year tribute commencing on the 40th anniversary of the death of the world-renowned ultimate kung fu master who starred in numerous action films.

Among the 600 or so items on display at the exhibit are the yellow tracksuit and iconic glasses Lee wore in "Game of Death" and a hand-drawn storyboard for an action scene in "Enter the Dragon."

The exhibit is divided into sections each with its own theme. One recreates scenes from eight films such as "The Big Boss" and "Fist of Fury." Others are designed like Lee's workout room and study. There are also 3-D animations that reproduce the fluid footwork and nunchaku technique that helped to distinguish his fighting style. A 3.5-meter-tall sculpture produced especially for the exhibit as well as a 75-minute documentary film and other footage are available for visitors to view as well.

The museum has a steady schedule of events prepared over the lengthy course of the five-year exhibit. At "The Bruce Lee that Hong Kong Knew," the exhibit's opening event, Shannon Lee, the actor's daughter, will visit Hong Kong to talk about her father. Perry Lee, a collector of Bruce Lee memorabilia, will come to the museum and discuss his pieces on display, including over 100 items used in the TV series "The Green Hornet," which first aired in 1966. Other Bruce Lee aficionados and people who knew him will also be coming from around the world during the exhibit's various special events to share their knowledge and memories.

Because the exhibit will likely be crowded for the first few months, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is only allowing admission by appointment. Visitors have been able to book tickets since July 4 at 10:00 am. Appointments are limited to 2,000 people a day on weekdays and 2,400 people on weekends.

The exhibit is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm. on weekdays (closed on Tuesdays) and until 7:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Admission costs HK$10.

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