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Bruce Lee:Kung Fu ‧ Art ‧ Life

Hong Kong Heritage Museum
2/F Thematic Gallery 6
20 July 2013 - 20 July 2018

 

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Jointly organised by Bruce Lee Foundation and Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited

The legend of Bruce Lee's life is intertwined with his confidence and charisma as well as a personal background that married East and West.

Born in San Francisco, Bruce Lee grew up in Hong Kong, where he enjoyed street fighting as a youngster; he was also a free-spirited child actor. At the age of 18, he went back to the US to pursue his studies, a journey that broadened the horizons of his life and his mind. With a passion to delve deep into the world of martial arts, this young man established his own kung fu training institute in the US. Merging philosophy into martial arts, he founded his own system, Jeet Kune Do, and became the pre-eminent kung fu grandmaster of his time. A charismatic actor, he also found fame in both the show business and martial arts community through his role as "Kato" in the US TV series The Green Hornet. Returning to Hong Kong in the early 1970s, he starred in a number of classic kung fu movies, including The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon. His dynamism as a film star and his achievements in the field of martial arts took the world by storm and made him an international icon.

Bruce Lee passed away 44 years ago, but his spirit lives on. In collaboration with the Bruce Lee Foundation of the US, Hong Kong Heritage Museum has gathered together more than 600 items of Bruce Lee memorabilia from local and overseas collectors to create an exhibition that looks at Bruce Lee not only as a film star and martial artist, but also as a cultural phenomenon from a more comprehensive, in-depth and independent perspective. Visitors will be able to gain a greater insight into his achievements and contributions as well as his significance in popular culture, as the exhibition takes a new angle in presenting the legend of Bruce Lee.
 

Memorable Bruce Lee: Collectors' Corner Series II

Memorable Bruce Lee: Collectors' Corner Series II


For the preservation of exhibits and protection of copyright, photo-taking and video recording in the "Bruce Lee : Kung‧Fu‧Art‧Life" Exhibition Area are not allowed. Thank you for your co-operation.
 

Documentary Film: The Brilliant Life of Bruce Lee
(Duration 75 minutes, with traditional Chinese/English subtitles)

The documentary features many precious film clips and interviews with people closely associated with Bruce Lee, giving audiences an overview of Bruce Lee's short yet fruitful life.

Screening at Theatre (1/F of the Museum). Limited seats on a first-come-first-served basis.

Screening time

Note: The documentary will not be put on show on Saturdays, when the theatre is reserved for Cantonese opera performances. Those who have purchased admission tickets for Saturdays will be entitled to view the documentary on any other day with their purchased tickets.
 


Guided Tours for General Public (In Cantonese)

Time
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (every Wednesday)
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday)
Venue 2nd Floor, Thematic Gallery 6
Meeting Point 2nd Floor, Thematic Gallery 6
Enrolment No advance booking is required. To join, please meet at the meeting point after admission. Tours are free with museum admission or a valid museum pass (except museum free admission days) for around 20 participants per session on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

Special Programmes for Exhibition


For enquiries, please call 2180 8188 during office hours or email to hkhm@lcsd.gov.hk

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Exhibit Highlights

A Man: Lee Jun Fan

Application form for a 'Return Certificate' for an American citizen (Replica)

Application form for a 'Return Certificate' for an American citizen (Replica)

March 1941
Courtesy of the National Archives at San Francisco, US

Bruce Lee's family

1970s
Courtesy of the Bruce Lee Foundation

Bruce Lee's family
Bruce Lee with family and friends at old Kai Tak Airport

Bruce Lee with family and friends at old Kai Tak Airport

20 September, 1954
Courtesy of Mr Ng Kwai Lung

Actor: Bruce Lee

Still from the film The Kid

1950
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Still from the film The Kid

 

Still from the film The More The Merrier

Still from the film The More The Merrier

1955
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Still from the film Thunderstorm

1957
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Still from the film Thunderstorm
Still from the film The Orphan

Still from the film The Orphan

1960
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Promotional stills of Bruce Lee's styling of kungfu
of ABC Television Network


28 October 1966
From the Private Collection of Mr Perry Lee in Seattle, Washington, US

Promotional stills of Bruce Lee's styling of kungfu of ABC Television Network
Film poster from The Big Boss

Film poster from The Big Boss

1971
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Still from the film Fist of Fury

1972
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Still from the film Fist of Fury
Film programme of the film The Way of The Dragon

Film programme of the film The Way of The Dragon

1972
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Still from the film Enter the Dragon

1973
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Still from the film Enter the Dragon 
Still from the film Game of Death

Still from the film Game of Death

1978
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

The classic yellow track suit worn by Bruce Lee in the film Game of Death

1972 – 1973
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

The classic yellow track suit worn by Bruce Lee in the film Game of Death
English poster for the film Game of Death

English poster for the film Game of Death

1978
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Still from the film Game of Death

1978
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Still from the film Game of Death
Still from the American TV series Longstreet

Still from the American TV series Longstreet

1971
From the Private Collection of Mr Perry Lee in Seattle, Washington, US

Poster for The Way of the Dragon produced for the film's release in Australia

1974
Collection of Mr Jeff Chinn of San Francisco, US

Poster for The Way of the Dragon produced for the film's release in Australia 1974
35mm film trailer of The Chinese Connection (aka Fist of Fury) produced for the film's release in the US

35mm film trailer of The Chinese Connection (aka Fist of Fury)
produced for the film's release in the US

1973
Collection of Mr Jeff Chinn of San Francisco, US

Kung Fu Master: Bruce Lee

Nunchaku used by Bruce Lee

Nunchaku used by Bruce Lee

1960s
Collection of Mr Kenneth Y. Hao of Hillsborough, California, US

 

Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense (First Edition)

1963
Collection of the Bruce Lee Foundation

Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense (First Edition)
Bruce Lee and Taky Kimura practising as opponents at Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute, University Way, Seattle

Bruce Lee and Taky Kimura practising as opponents
at Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute, University Way, Seattle


Courtesy of the Bruce Lee Foundation

Protective head gear worn by Bruce Lee

Collection of the Bruce Lee Foundation

Protective head gear worn by Bruce Lee

Barbell used by Bruce Lee

 

Barbell used by Bruce Lee

Barbell used by Bruce Lee
1964

Bruce Lee's personal barbell set is
the personal property of Mr John Little

Ip Man and Bruce Lee 3D animation

Designed and produced by Mr Shannon Ma

Ip Man and Bruce Lee 3D animation

Jumping rope used by Bruce Lee

 

Jumping rope used by Bruce Lee

Jumping rope used by Bruce Lee
1960s

Collection of Bruce Lee Foundation

Bruce Lee practises kung fu with the three-section cudgel with his student Taky Kimura in Seattle.

1960s
From the Private Collection of Mr Perry Lee in Seattle, Washington, US

Bruce Lee practises kung fu with the three-section cudgel with his student Taky Kimura in Seattle.

Head-shaped focus mitt with springs

Head-shaped focus mitt with springs

Head-shaped focus mitt with springs

From the Private Collection of Mr Perry Lee in Seattle, Washington, US

 

Legend: Bruce Lee

A sticker of the comic Bruce Lee

A sticker of the comic Bruce Lee

1970s
Collection of Mr Ng Kwai Lung

Debut issue of the comic Bruce Lee

Sheung Kwun Siu Bo
1971
Collection of Mr Ng Kwai Lung

Debut issue of the comic Bruce Lee
Golden Movie News Magazine

Golden Movie News Magazine

June 1973
Collection of Mr Ng Kwai Lung

Russian nesting dolls

1998
Russia
Collection of Mr Jeff Chinn of San Francisco, US

These five Russian nesting dolls were painted with
images of Bruce Lee from five of his classic films.

Russian nesting dolls
Bruce Lee and three-sectional cudgels patches

Bruce Lee and three-sectional cudgels patches

1970s
Collection of Mr Jeff Chinn of San Francisco, US

 

Bruce Lee ceramic statue with a set of nunchaku

1970s
Mexico
Collection of Mr Jeff Chinn of San Francisco, US

 

Bruce Lee ceramic statue with a set of nunchaku
Bruce Lee performing cha-cha moves Bruce Lee performing cha-cha moves

Bruce Lee performing cha-cha moves

1950s
Courtesy of the Bruce Lee Foundation

 

Bruce Lee suffered from relatively severe myopia. Bruce wore contact lenses during film shoots and public appearances.

Collection of the Bruce Lee Foundation

 

Bruce Lee suffered from relatively severe myopia. Bruce wore contact lenses during film shoots and public appearances.

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