Calls for Hong Kong Government to Honor Kung Fu King Bruce Lee

Published November 26th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The widow of Chinese martial arts legend Bruce Lee has called on the Hong Kong government to provide a memorial in honor of the man who transformed the image of Kung Fu movies, reports said Sunday. 

Linda Lee Cadwell said the government should erect a permanent memorial for her late husband, who would be celebrating his 60th birthday on November 27. 

The South China Morning Post quoted her as saying "it's only fitting and proper that Hong Kong should honor this famous legendary Lee." 

Cadwell, who has remarried since Lee's death in 1973, added that "visitors to Hong Kong will be able to learn the many aspects of Bruce's life, his career, martial arts training, his studies of Chinese cultures and philosophies and his personal life." 

Her appeal joins those of his devoted fans, in Hong Kong for the beginning of the Bruce Lee film festival, who have been 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 by a large Hollywood studio, Warner Brothers. 

The film festival under way in Hong Kong is the only public gathering planned to celebrate the life of the founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do, the way of the intercepting fist, and arguably the most recognized martial artist of all time.  

 

The Bruce Lee Union, a fan club, says it plans to build a gallery displaying Lee's films, pictures and books on a piece of donated reclaimed land in West Kowloon. However, it needs to find 20 million Hong Kong dollars (2.57 million US) to build and equip the gallery, which it hopes will open in 2002.  

Lee died in a friend's Hong Kong flat in July 1973 under mysterious circumstances. His son Brandon was killed in a tragic accident in 1993 aged 28. – AFP. 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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