Bruce Lee Daughter Pulled to Action

Published December 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The daughter of Hong Kong martial arts legend Bruce Lee is finding it hard to avoid action movies in her own fledgling film career, she said in interview on Monday. 

Shannon Lee, 31, who was only four when her famous father died in 1973, said while making her latest film Lesson of the Assassin, "I didn't go into acting for the fighting. 

"But it's very hard as Bruce Lee's child not to do action," she told the South China Morning Post

She said film executives had no reason to hire her as a comedian, but every economic reason to hire her for kung fu. 

"I am good at film fights simply because I've not been inbred with kung fu since the age of five. What looks good on screen isn't necessarily what goes down in a classical fight," she said. 

"My father was skilled both ways but he was very aware of what looked good on camera and if some classical shots did not work, they would edit in a marriage of the two," said Shannon, who has been in four films. 

Shannon's brother Brandon was killed aged 28 on the set of The Crow in 1993 by a fragment fired from a stunt gun. 

Last week, Bruce Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, called on the Hong Kong government to erect a permanent memorial to her late husband, whose 60th birthday would have been on November 27. 

Her appeal joins those by devoted fans, in Hong Kong for a Bruce Lee film festival, who are surprised and disappointed by the lack of official recognition offered to the man whose films gave the territory's film industry international recognition.  

Lee's most celebrated film Enter the Dragon was the first martial arts film to receive backing from a large Hollywood studio; Warner Brothers. – AFP. 

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