Bruce Lee honored 40 years after his death

  • Updated: July 20, 2013 - 4:30 PM
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Chinese actor Mei Zhiyong, dressed as Bruce Lee, did some moves in front of the bronze statue of Lee in Hong Kong on Saturday.

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– The late superstar Bruce Lee is best known for the kung fu skills he displayed in his movies, but his daughter hopes that more people take the effort to understand his teachings and life philosophy.

Marking his death 40 years ago Saturday, the Hong Kong government has teamed up with the Bruce Lee Foundation to put together an exhibit to showcase the late star’s life, from his famous yellow tracksuit he wore in the movie “Game of Death” to his writings and drawings.

The exhibition that opened Saturday, “Bruce Lee: Kung fu. Art. Life,” has more than 600 items on display, including photos, costumes, videos and even a larger- than-life statue.

Lee, who was born in San Francisco but raised in Hong Kong, died at the height of his fame at 32 due to an allergic reaction to painkillers. His last film, “Enter the Dragon,” was released six days after his death and became his most popular movie.

Shannon Lee, who was 4 when her father died, is president of the Bruce Lee Foundation. She says not many people know the depth of her father as a man, with most appreciating only his martial arts skills.

“Hopefully this exhibition will help show a more complete picture” by showing Lee’s family side, the hard work he put into making his movies and other aspects of his life such as the poetry he wrote, she said.

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