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Old July 5th, 2009, 12:28 PM   #21
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Restoration of Bruce Lee's home welcomed, despite traffic fears
3 July 2009
South China Morning Post

Kowloon City residents welcomed restoration of Bruce Lee's former home but were concerned about the impact on the area and traffic, the local council heard yesterday.

Many councillors expressed support for the government's plan to restore the two-storey house at 41 Cumberland Road in a quiet residential area of Kowloon Tong.

They told Kowloon City District Council that turning the late martial arts legend's house into a museum could attract fans from around the world. Some believed it would lift the tone of the neighbourhood.

"Having a museum is better than having a love hotel," councillor Ho Hin-ming said.

But councillor John Wong Yee-him said residents were concerned that the house, where Lee spent his last years before his death in 1973 at the age of 32, could become a theme park. The owner of the HK$100 million house, Yu Panglin, agreed to donate the property after fans called for its preservation.

"Residents wonder if the district can cope with a surge of traffic," Dr Wong said. "They are also concerned about how to ensure the design of the restoration matches the neighbouring area."

Councillor Bruce Liu Sing-lei said fans of superstars such as Michael Jackson and Lee always hoped for a place to commemorate their beloved star when they died.

Mr Liu, who said he was a huge Lee fan, said he hoped the museum could include a detailed background of the late star and his connections with Hong Kong, from his school days to his martial arts heritage.

Mr Ho said that as well as turning Lee's former residence into a tourist destination, the government should consider designing a path to link it with other destinations in the area that had connections with Lee.

He said the museum could consider adopting an advance booking system to control traffic.

Assistant Commissioner for Tourism Winifred Chung assured councillors that the house would not become a theme park and the Transport Department would study traffic issues. It was understood that further updates on the restoration would be announced later this month.

The government announced in March that it would hold an open competition for the project's design. Surveyor Raymond Chan Yuk-ming, who will help run the competition, said details were not finalised but it was hoped the design could be decided by the end of this year.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 10:20 AM   #22
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Action man gets his due
11 April 2009
The Australian

LEAVE the sprawling expanses of the Festival Walk shopping centre and walk the back streets of Hong Kong's Kowloon Tong and it's easy to see why the suburb long has been favoured by the rich and famous.

Building heights here are restricted, a lasting legacy of the fact the area once lay in the flight path of the city's old airport at Kai Tak, while the footpaths are tree-lined and the houses boast garden areas of the kind only dreamed about in the rest of this cluttered city.

But the man behind the front desk at 41 Cumberland Rd doesn't fancy anyone looking around too much. He wants them upstairs and getting on with business.

Climbing the stairs, you can only imagine what this place must have looked like in the early 1970s, when it was home to Bruce Lee and the martial arts hard man was on the cusp on becoming an international superstar.

These days the building serves as a love motel, with rooms rented for $HK215 ($39) an hour, hence the eagerness to get customers in and out quickly. But all that funny business will soon be coming to an end. The building's owner, Chinese philanthropist Yu Panglin, has recently decided to turn the building into a Bruce Lee museum, remarkably the first such tribute here to a man who almost single-handedly launched Hong Kong cinema to the world.

Lee was 32 when he died of a cerebral edema in 1973. The local tabloid press went wild with tales of a gangland hit and the fact he had died in the flat of his lover. Enter the Dragon, his posthumously released film, made $US90 million at the international box office, which was unheard of for an action flick at the time.

But the Hong Kong government has been slow to mark Lee's legacy, with industry insiders speculating that's because Lee's body was found to contain traces of cannabis and that he was rumoured to have mobsterconnections.

Last year, Shang Village, just over the border from Hong Kong, near Shunde in Guangdong Province and the Lee clan's ancestral home, got the jump when it opened the world's first Bruce Lee Museum.

The Bosnian city of Mostar, meanwhile, unveiled a statue of Lee in 2005, dedicated to his fight for ethnic equality, just a day before Hong Kong lifted the curtain on its first statue of the actor, on the Avenue of Stars in Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui.

But other than a short-lived Bruce Lee Cafe in Central in the late '90s, there has never been a proper memorial dedicated to Lee and his life. With the help of Yu, and the support of Lee's former wife Linda Lee Cadwell and daughter Shannon, things are at last happening, and it has been reported that the star's family has agreed to donate some of his personal items, including film costumes.

Work on the Bruce Lee Museum is expected to begin later this year when the love motel's doors close.

The Hong Kong Government has invited local and international architects to enter a competition to help design the museum, plus a cinema and library to be built next door.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:30 PM   #23
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Competition aims to make Bruce Lee's former home, now a love motel, into a museum
20 July 2009

HONG KONG (AP) - The former home of Bruce Lee is now a love motel, renting rooms by the hour. But officials on Monday launched a design competition to turn it into a Hong Kong museum for the kung fu icon.

"I hope I can personally witness and oversee the completion of the Bruce Lee museum in my lifetime," owner Yu Pang-lin, who is in his 80s, said at a press conference marking the 36th anniversary of Lee's death.

Lee's fans have been calling for an official monument for their hero in his hometown for years.

Lee became a chest-thumping source of Chinese pride by portraying characters that defended the Chinese and the working class from oppressors in films like "Return of the Dragon." He died in Hong Kong in 1973 at age 32 from swelling of the brain.

Yu said he wants the museum to include a memorial hall, a library, a kung fu studio and a film archive.

Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, and a panel of architects and town planners will judge the design competition, and the winners will be announced in November or December, the Hong Kong government said in a statement.

Yu has offered to donate Lee's home and put up the HK$100,000 ($13,000) in prize money, but it is unclear how the museum itself will be funded.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government has started collecting Lee's personal items and commissioned a documentary about the late actor and one about the construction of the museum, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau said at Monday's press conference.

Officials showed an 8-minute trailer of the biography produced by veteran Hong Kong director Ng See-yuen. It included interviews with "Mission: Impossible II" director John Woo; Lee's frequent collaborator producer, Raymond Chow; Ip Chun, the eldest son of his kung fu teacher, Ip Man; and actress Betty Ting Pei -- in whose home Lee died -- as well as footage of Lee's body in an open casket at his funeral.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 05:49 AM   #24
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Film trailer marks anniversary
21 July 2009
South China Morning Post

Bruce Lee's former home has yet to be turned into a public memorial, but a nine-minute trailer of a film was premiered yesterday as an alternative way to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the legend's death.

The yet-to-be-titled film, featuring 50 interviews with Lee's family, childhood friends, kung fu buddies, film industry colleagues and former lovers, was made by members of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers and will be shown at the museum.

Producer Ng See-yuen, chairman of the federation, hoped the film would provide a complete profile of the star, who died on July 20, 1973. "They talked about Bruce Lee from different perspectives, and if you put their words together, you can get the most complete profile," said Ng, who directed Game of Death II, a sequel to Lee's last film.

The documentary covers Lee's short life from his childhood to his rise to stardom, martial arts philosophy, love life and his mysterious death. The trailer showed interviews with director John Woo; Ip Chun, son of Lee's wing chun master Ip Man; Raymond Chow Ting-hsing, founder of Golden Harvest Entertainment, which produced some of the best-known Lee films; actress Betty Ting Pei, who dated Lee; and actor Shek Kin, who died last month.

"We have been filming for a few months and now it's 90 per cent completed," Ng said, adding that it was not easy to persuade some people to be interviewed. "But they all believed that this important project is a real treasure for Hong Kong."

Meanwhile, RTHK is producing a film documenting development of Lee's home. It will also be shown in the restored residence.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #25
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Hong Kong finally remembers Bruce Lee, who made martial arts famous.
23 July 2009
Irish Times

HONG KONG LETTER: IT HAS taken a long time, but Hong Kong is finally getting ready to honour a debt that it owes to its most famous native son, Bruce Lee, the man whose furious fists of fury and way of the dragon put the territory’s film business on the map, writes CLIFFORD COONAN

Lee’s last home in Hong Kong was at 41 Cumberland Road in the Kowloon Tong part of the territory, and is currently a love motel, where couples can rent by the hour in discreet surroundings.

Not the most salubrious way to remember the man who single- handedly developed the martial arts movie business.

Lee died 36 years ago this week, but for years his contribution has been unmarked by an official monument in his home town. His fans have demonstrated in front of the statue of Lee on the harbour front in Tsim Sha Tsui and accuse the city of not paying proper homage to him.

Now Hong Kong authorities hope to mark his heroic contribution to Hong Kong’s heritage with the construction of a museum in his former house.

This week they launched a design competition to build a Hong Kong museum fitting for the kung fu master.

“I hope I can personally witness and oversee the completion of the Bruce Lee museum in my lifetime,” said the house’s owner, Yu Panglin, who is in his 80s.

Yu is a billionaire philanthropist who owns properties all over Hong Kong. He originally planned to sell a portfolio of properties to raise funds for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake; one of the buildings set to go under the hammer was the HK$100 million (€9 million) love motel.

Uproar ensued, with the fans fearful the house could be knocked down or, God forbid, taken over by Japanese karate experts. Yu handed it over to the fans, via a local town planning board, ultimately resulting in this week’s design competition.

The museum is expected to include a kung fu studio, a film archive and a library, as well as a memorial hall. Lee’s daughter, Shannon, and a panel of architects and town planners will judge the design competition and the winners will be announced by the end of the year.

Other efforts to remember the martial arts king include a new film trilogy about his life called Bruce Lee. The film will start shooting in October and will be a joint production between his family and a Hong Kong company.

While no director has been named, there are lots of rumours that China’s top director Zhang Yimou, who made Heroand directed the Olympics opening ceremony, could be in the frame as he has said on many occasions that he is keen to shoot a film version of Lee’s life.

Executive producer Manfred Wong said the first part of the trilogy would focus on his early life. So far, the only casting decision that had been made was that Tony Leung Ka-fai would play Lee’s father.

“There will be kung fu . . . but more importantly, we want to portray the real Bruce Lee,” Wong said. “What is the real Bruce Lee like? He was very humorous, he was very obedient to his parents, he was very kind to his family.”

The movie is set to be released on November 27th, 2010, the 70th anniversary of Lee’s birth.

Lee was born in November 1940 in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, before his father sent him back to the US after a brawl as a youngster. As well as his martial prowess, he was also a ballroom dancing champion.

He is buried in Seattle’s Lake View Cemetery next to his son, actor Brandon Lee, after spending some time attending the University of Washington where he taught martial arts.

Lee made 46 kung fu movies. His popularity around the world paved the way for stars like Jackie Chan and inspired filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino. But he could have been even bigger.

Lee was just 32-years-old when he died of a swelling in the brain in 1973, while starring and directing the movie Game of Deathin Hong Kong, less than a month after the release of Enter the Dragon, the definitive Bruce Lee movie which turned him into an international star.

A museum would also draw a fair number of visitors from mainland China, where Lee is a national hero, as much for the way he embodied Chinese pride and nationalism in his movies.

It won’t be without competition. In mainland China, a theme park, complete with a statue, a memorial hall, conference centre and martial arts academy, is being built in Shunde.

Many in mainland China missed him the first time around in the early 1970s because movies like Enter the Dragonand Fists of Furywere banned by Chairman Mao Zedong’s closed Communist government as spiritual pollution and rightist sentimentality.

A popular 50-part TV series last year did much to help complete the picture of this native son on the mainland.

The Hong Kong government has started collecting Lee’s personal items and has commissioned a documentary about the late actor and one about the construction of the museum, said secretary for commerce and economic development Rita Lau.

At the ceremony to launch the design competition, an eight-minute biography, produced by veteran Hong Kong director Ng See-yuen, was shown. It included interviews with Mission: Impossible IIdirector John Woo, as well as contributions by Ip Chun, the eldest son of his kung fu teacher, Ip Man, and actress Betty Ting Pei, in whose home Lee died.

The short biographical film also included footage of him in an open coffin at his funeral, which was attended by some of the world’s biggest tough guy actors, including Steve McQueen, Chuck Norris, James Coburn and former “James Bond” George Lazenby.
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Designs flood in for Bruce Lee museum
17 October 2009
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A competition to design a Bruce Lee museum at the late kung fu star's former Kowloon Tong home has attracted more than 160 submissions from Hong Kong and overseas.

The international competition kicked off on July 20, the 36th anniversary of Lee's death, and closed on Thursday. Organised by the institutes of architects, planners and surveyors, it sought ideas for restoring Lee's former home - a two-storey house at 41 Cumberland Road.

About 63 per cent of the entries came from Hong Kong.

Lee's former home was a love hotel until the villa's owner, Yu Panglin, agreed last year to donate the HK$100 million property for the project to commemorate the kung fu star's contribution to martial arts and the film industry.

"We hope that the villa will be restored to the original state that Bruce Lee lived in as far as possible," Bruce Lee Club chairman W Wong Yiu- keung said.

The actor spent his last years there before his death in 1973 at the age of 32. Wong said the star's many fans around the world were eager to visit the museum as soon as possible.

"It was his home; we want to get in there to see what he saw, to breathe what he breathed," Wong said, adding that fancy facilities would be unnecessary. "Like the homes of other big stars in the world, fans simply want to see the place the star lived in."

A seven-member adjudication panel, including representatives of the property owner, Lee's family, the three professional institutes, the Kowloon City District Council and the Hong Kong Tourism Board will examine the 160 entries.

Winners are expected to be announced early next year, with assessment based on creativity, feasibility, practicability and ease of construction, as well as how the design would harmonise with the neighbourhood.

The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said the questions of how much the restoration would cost, who would be paying and how long it would take remained unanswered.
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2009年11月26日(四)


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SCED meets Bruce Lee's daughter on restoration of residence
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mrs Rita Lau, met Ms Shannon Lee, daughter of the late Mr Bruce Lee, today (November 25) to exchange views on the planned restoration of Bruce Lee's Residence in Kowloon Tong and on opportunities for co-operation in the project.

Ms Lee came to Hong Kong from the United States to take part in the adjudication for the Ideas Competition for Bruce Lee's Residence held earlier this week.

Mrs Lau thanked Ms Lee for serving as an adjudicator for the competition, which received an overwhelming response of more than 140 valid entries, both local and overseas.

"Thanks to the hard work of the adjudication panel, the winning entries for all the competition categories have been selected. I am sure that these entries will provide very good creative ideas and concepts for restoring the residence and turning it into an attraction to commemorate Bruce Lee's contribution to martial arts and the film industry," Mrs Lau said.

The adjudication panel also comprised representatives of the property owner Mr Yu Pang-lin, Kowloon City District Council, the tourism sector as well as three professional bodies. The professional adviser will proceed to compile the assessment report and the competition results will be announced early next year.

"A territory-wide roving exhibition will be staged to share with the public the competition entries," Mrs Lau said.

Mrs Lau also discussed with Ms Lee opportunities for co-operation including her support for using or reproducing her father's personal artefacts.

"Hong Kong and Seattle are both regarded as the home of Bruce Lee which fans around the world would like to visit. We look forward to possible co-operation with the Bruce Lee Foundation such as exchanging exhibits and organising joint events in the future," Mrs Lau said.
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The selling of Bruce Lee, from legend to lifestyle
‘Relaunching the brand,’ daughter of late martial artist retools global image

12 December 2009
International Herald Tribune

Albert Einstein, dead since 1955, is earning $10 million a year. John Lennon, $15 million. Elvis, $55 million. Marilyn Monroe, $8 million, about the same as Andy Warhol.

Deceased artists, celebrities and rumpled physicists can generate substantial revenue for their heirs through merchandising and endorsement deals. Marilyn curtain rings, Warhol flip-flops, Elvis candy dishes — the possibilities are as endless as they are tacky.

That is not what Shannon Lee wants for her father, Bruce Lee, the indomitable martial artist who died in 1973, at the age of 32, just a week before the release of his first Hollywood film, ‘‘Enter the Dragon.’’

Ms. Lee, 40, a former actress who lives in Los Angeles, was just 4 when her father died. Her memories of him, she said, are fleeting.

‘‘I wish I had more of them,’’ she said recently, sipping green tea in a Hong Kong cafe. ‘‘I have glimpses and images. Brief flashes.’’

Calling herself ‘‘the guide’’ for her father’s ‘‘legacy,’’ she has recently begun an effort to rebuild his image in the global marketplace. She calls it ‘‘relaunching the brand, as it were.’’

The estate now generates $2 million a year, Ms. Lee said, and she is hoping to increase that to about $5 million as ‘‘a decent base line.’’

With only a few films in Mr. Lee’s oeuvre, however, there is not much to relaunch. None of his feature films is controlled by the Lee estate, and they have all been copied and pirated so widely that even the licensed DVDs sell for as little as $2 in Hong Kong.

Mr. Lee was born in San Francisco but grew up as a tough Hong Kong street kid. He trained obsessively in martial arts and perfected his own kung fu fighting style. Then three films produced in Hong Kong made him a superstar in Asia.

The huge success of ‘‘Enter the Dragon,’’ coupled with the death of its star, made Mr. Lee famous throughout the world. In the United States, the film was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress and deemed an American classic. Mr. Lee got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

His celebrity was heightened by rumors and conspiracy theories about his death. Some said he had died in the arms of his mistress after a drug overdose, others suggested he had been the victim of a mob hit by a vengeful Triad boss, or had been felled by a karmic curse. The official inquiry ruled that his death was caused by brain swelling from an adverse reaction to a common pain reliever called Equagesic.

Nearly four decades later, Mr. Lee clearly remains an icon of global popular culture. Rebecca Yau, the marketing manager of Fortune Star, which owns the early Hong Kong films starring Mr. Lee, said all his films were still selling well. She said a Blu-ray boxed set would soon be issued.

But over the years, Bruce Lee Enterprises generated comparatively minuscule revenues under the direction of Mr. Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Caldwell. There was little supervision of the use of Mr. Lee’s image or name. The estate did not even own the Internet domain name www.brucelee.com.

His last home in Hong Kong had become a by-the-hour love motel. In recent months, the billionaire who owned the house donated it to the city, and plans are in the works to create a small museum there.

Ms. Lee was in Hong Kong last month to look at the entries in a design competition for the museum, although the Lee estate is not affiliated with the project.

‘‘We have our own goal of building the Bruce Lee Action Museum in the States,’’ she said. It will probably be in Seattle, she said, where Mr. Lee once lived and is now buried.

Ms. Lee became more involved in the preservation of her father’s legacy 10 years ago, and her mother passed the daily control of Bruce Lee Enterprises to her. Her main thrust was to assemble Mr. Lee’s philosophy, fitness, ambition and work ethic into a saleable concept.

‘‘We look at Bruce Lee as a lifestyle,’’ Ms. Lee said.

She went to court to wrest the domain name from an entrepreneur who had bought it years ago and was using it as a portal to other unrelated businesses.

The new Web site, introduced in October, includes some of Mr. Lee’s writings, an authorized biography, a blog and a shop with the usual celebrity array of shirts, posters, books, calendars, refrigerator magnets, widgets and wallpapers.

Ms. Lee also reacquired her father’s licensing rights from Universal Studios, which had held them for years.

‘‘They did some licensing here and there, but they seemed passive,’’ Ms. Lee said. ‘‘There was never a pro-active energy behind it.’’

In July 2008, the estate signed with a company called GreenLight to negotiate the Bruce Lee ‘‘personality rights’’ — his name, image, likeness and signature. The company also handles the rights for such celebrities as Einstein, Steve McQueen and Johnny Cash.

It is not entirely clear, however, how the Bruce Lee CelebriDuck — a rubber ducky ‘‘collectible’’ at $11.99 — or the $49 Bruce Lee lampshades help to burnish the legacy of a proud and fearsome martial artist.

A 50-part television biography was recently shown in mainland China, licensed to the state-run CCTV network. And a deal was made in the United States for a two-hour documentary on the History Channel called ‘‘How Bruce Lee Changed the World.’’

Ms. Lee’s team also established a production company, LeeWay Media, to create new ‘‘content.’’ An animated film is in the works, plus a video game, and Ms. Lee said a computer-generated film starring her father was high on her wish list.

A South Korean producer, Chul Shin, tried to strike a deal with the estate to make a such a film.

‘‘There are projects you do for money and others you do for passion,’’ said Michael Sheehy, a former talent agent in Los Angeles who is an adviser to Mr. Shin. ‘‘This was a passion project for us. It must be an extremely compelling story that honors the legacy of Bruce Lee.’’

Mr. Sheehy said the deal fell apart because the estate wanted too much creative control. He called the contractual demands ‘‘untenable,’’ and said no studio would accept them.

Ms. Lee acknowledged the seriousness of Mr. Shin’s approach but said she was unhappy with the scripts she had read. Also, test screenings of the special effects appeared rudimentary.

‘‘We have to be careful or we’ll get left with a horrible movie that everybody’s laughing at,’’ she said. ‘‘The technology has not been advanced enough. Only now is it getting close.’’

On a waterfront promenade in Hong Kong, not far from Mr. Lee’s former home, there is a small statue of the star in a fighting pose. On a recent Sunday afternoon, hundreds of tourists, mostly from mainland China, posed there for pictures, some giddy, some solemn, most of them clearly adoring.

‘‘I have no interest in Bruce Lee or the martial arts industry, and I find it all a bit ridiculous,’’ said an Australian tourist, Tom Caughlin. ‘‘But it’s fascinating to watch all the people gather around this statue. All these people. It’s amazing.’’
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Results of Bruce Lee's Residence Ideas Competition announced
Saturday, January 23, 2010
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The Organising Committee of the Ideas Competition for Bruce Lee's Residence today (January 23) announced the results of the competition after two months of careful deliberation.

The Ideas Competition for Bruce Lee's residence, launched on July 20, 2009, aimed to turn the former residence of the late Mr Bruce Lee into an attraction to commemorate Mr Lee's contribution to martial arts and the film industry. Jointly organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects, The Hong Kong Institute of Planners and The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors and supported by the Tourism Commission, the competition received an overwhelming response of more than 140 valid entries both local and overseas.

The competition was open to all in Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas countries and comprised two categories - the Professional Group and the Open Group. Prizes were presented to the winners at the Bruce Lee's Residence Ideas Competition Prize Presentation cum Exhibition Opening Ceremony today.

A spokesman for the Tourism Commission said the competition entries were all of very high standard, adding that the winning entries would provide very creative ideas and concepts to restore the residence to its original appearance and to maximize the use of space for the provision of facilities such as an exhibition hall, audio-visual room, kung-fu corner, library and souvenir counter.

"The competition was a step forward in taking forth the restoration project. The Tourism Commission will further discuss with the owner of the residence, Mr Yu Pang-lin, various issues that would bring the project to fruition.

"Efforts will also be continued to gather information and source exhibits from various channels, including Mr Lee's family members and friends, to make this facility a real showcase of the life of the late kung-fu star," the spokesman said.

Today also marked the opening of a territory-wide roving exhibition of the competition entries. The exhibition will be staged in Hong Kong City Hall from January 23 to February 4, Hong Kong Cultural Centre from February 9 to 16, and Shatin Town Hall from February 23 to March 6.

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/2...1001230149.htm
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Locals dominate Bruce Lee contest
24 January 2010
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Architects from Hong Kong, Poland and Shanghai were named the winners in the professional category of a competition calling for ideas on the best way to restore Bruce Lee's former home in Kowloon Tong.

Hongkongers made a clean sweep of the open category.

The Ideas Competition for Bruce Lee's Residence drew more than 140 entries from around the world.

It was jointly organised by the Institute of Architects, the Institute of Planners and the Institute of Surveyors, with support from the Tourism Commission.

However, the organisers said the designs were just ideas and would not necessarily become a reality.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan said the entries reflected one of Lee's best-known quotes: "As you think, so shall you become."

She said the strong response from more than 20 countries - including African nations, Greece and the Netherlands - showed Lee's widespread influence.

With the competition wrapped up, Lau would not disclose whether the two-storey house at 41 Cumberland Road, which was at one time a love hotel, would be restored as a memorial hall for the film and martial arts legend. Lee spent his final years there before his death in 1973 at the age of 32.

Current owner Yu Pang-lin has agreed to donate the HK$100 million property. He said he had been negotiating with the government on the restoration plan and hoped it could go ahead as soon as possible.

"I'm in my 80s now, and I hope to see this project completed in my lifetime," Yu said.

Hong Kong team Jimmy Yuen Gi-tsun and Cheung Kwai-yin's Journey of Little Dragon won first prize in the professional category. Yuen, a 34-year-old landscape architect, said he was a fan of Bruce Lee. The local team's design - featuring an undulating structure resembling a dragon's body - caught the eyes of judges, including Lee's daughter, Shannon.

"I'm very excited. This is totally unexpected," Yuen said, after receiving a trophy and the HK$50,000 prize.

Polish architect Witold Opalinski's design won second prize and HK$25,000. It also resulted in his first trip to Asia, and today he will visit Lee's former home for the first time.

Opalinski, 31, said he admired Lee and had spent nearly three months working on his design, which incorporates the concept of yin and yang.

The third prize was awarded to a team from Shanghai.

Yu had planned in 2008 to sell the house and other properties to raise funds for Sichuan earthquake victims, but he decided not to go ahead with the sale after receiving pleas to preserve the property.

He later proposed to increase the floor space to 30,000 sq ft and turn it into a museum complex with a cinema, library and martial arts centre.

All entries are on show at City Hall until February 4, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from February 9 to 16, and the Sha Tin Town Hall from February 23 to March 6.
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Hong Kong 'love hotel' to become Bruce Lee memorial
23 February 2010
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The rundown house at 41 Cumberland Road in Hong Kong's quiet Kowloon Tong district might escape the notice of passers-by if it weren't for a sign signalling that it is a "love hotel".

Rooms are offered for rent by the hour, with a discount rate of 205 Hong Kong dollars (25 US) buying amorous couples three hours in a tatty room off a narrow hallway decorated with a poster of a topless blonde.

It is a far cry from when the building was the home of kung fu icon Bruce Lee in the years before his untimely death in 1973 at the age of 32.

"The house has definitely been altered," said Shannon Lee, the actor's daughter, who recalled snickering when she learned about the home's love hotel status in her mid-teens.

In glaring contrast to its current appearance, the now 40-year-old Lee remembers a Japanese-style pond out front, pets running around and plenty of exercise space for her father.

"I have very fond memories of it -- my father definitely valued his privacy and there was space for him to work out and the kids to run around."

The fact that guests walk in the footsteps of the kung fu star might have faded into the mists of time had it not been for fans who rallied behind a plan to turn the hotel into a Lee memorial.

Following a public uproar, billionaire owner Yu Pang-lin agreed to cancel plans to sell the property, which he says is worth 100 million Hong Kong dollars, and instead donate it to honour Lee's legacy.

Yu has said the home should be renovated to include a museum, library, a cinema and martial arts area.

Others, including Bruce Lee Club chairman Wong Yiu-keung, want the original floor plan preserved so visitors can imagine how it looked when the actor lived there.

"It should be a memorial house. After all it's his former residence," Wong said.

Lee -- who was credited with catapulting the martial arts film genre into the mainstream with films including Fists of Fury and the posthumously released Enter the Dragon -- died after a severe reaction to pain medication.

His widow, now living in the US, has provided a rough blueprint of the home's original layout to help restoration efforts.

"My mom is definitely behind it," Shannon Lee said.

"I'm really in favour of (the memorial). It could be great for Hong Kong and great for my father and his legacy. I think the primary goal should be to preserve the house as much as possible to its original condition.

"The draw of this space was that it was his home," she added. "That makes it very unique."

A local design contest ended last month, but the memorial's final look, building costs, who will pay them and when it opens remain unclear.

The tourism board is hoping the attraction can draw visitors from inside and outside the city, and boost Hong Kong's hard-hit film industry.

A statue of Lee sits on Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars, but the daily South China Morning Post has described the lack of a more significant memorial to the Hong Kong-raised hero as a "travesty."
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It's time we gave Bruce Lee his just deserts
14 August 2010
South China Morning Post

Mention Bruce Lee anywhere in the world and chances are the martial arts and movie icon's name will ring a bell. Few people have done more to put Hong Kong's culture and image on the global map. Indeed, there are Bruce Lee memorials scattered around the world.

Except here. A single bronze statue among the likenesses of dozens of other entertainment stars in Tsim Sha Tsui is all there is to show for what he means to us. Government foot-dragging over turning his former home in Kowloon Tong into a museum means we still don't have a site that commemorates him in the territory.

Philanthropist Yu Panglin agreed to donate the home two years ago provided basements were built to accommodate facilities including a cinema and library. To do that would require rezoning of the site and government funding. An international design competition was launched. But the authorities won't push for the change of land use, and so the project has been left hanging.

That's a shame. Rezoning is common and can be done quickly. There doesn't seem to be a good reason why we should be spurning this generous offer, which could be taken off the table at any time.

Perhaps authorities don't see Lee the same way as the people of Hong Kong and his legions of international admirers. Visitors are surprised to find that there is no landmark bearing his name or a permanent place to see memorabilia. The star died 37 years ago and there has been plenty of time to find an appropriate way to honour his name. They are stunned to learn that it was not public funds behind the statue, but donations raised by a fan club.

There's a hint of how Lee is perceived in talks over the house. The Tourism Commission - an arm of the Economic and Development Bureau - is in charge, while most museums are operated by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Perhaps it sees tourism dollars, not the celebration of a remarkable life, in the site.

We shouldn't have to justify a museum to Bruce Lee; that seems like a given. Let's cut through the bureaucracy, come to an agreement quickly with Yu - and then get on with celebrating and enshrining the life of one of the city's most famous sons.
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Memorial trail considered for Bruce Lee
27 November 2010
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Fans are getting their nunchakus ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary today of the birth of legendary kung fu star Bruce Lee.

But it will take more than a few swings of the deadly hinged weapons wielded by the star in his movies to break a deadlock over plans for a museum at his final home in Kowloon Tong.

Enthusiasts do, however, have something to look forward to, as the government is planning an exhibition featuring memorabilia of the star at the Heritage Museum, and is considering a Bruce Lee memorial trail.

Commissioner for Tourism Philip Yung Wai-hung said a Bruce Lee memorial path linking the star's former homes, schools and film locations was being discussed. The authority had exchanged views with the Bruce Lee Club and the two had similar ideas about the trail, he said.

Club chairman Wong Yiu-keung said the fan club proposed 10 locations for the memorial path. "I hope it will become a new tourist attraction ... it'll also be a birthday present for Bruce Lee," he said.

Starting from the Bruce Lee sculpture at the Avenue of Stars, the trail would run to the car park at Ocean Terminal where the star had a well known set of photographs taken. It would continue along Nathan Road and Waterloo Road, including stops at schools he attended: Tak Sun School, the former site of La Salle College and St Francis Xavier's College.

Locations of his former homes are also included, but new buildings have already replaced the ones Lee lived in. The last stop would be at Tuen Mun's Tsing Shan Monastery where Lee filmed scenes for Enter the Dragon in 1972. It may take fans half a day to travel along the Kowloon part of the path, and another half a day to reach Tuen Mun.

Yung said yesterday the government had yet to reach agreement on the design of the Kowloon Tong home with billionaire philanthropist Yu Panglin, who offered to donate the 5,000 square foot villa. Yu wants three basement levels, but only one such floor is possible under the current plot ratio, the formula that determines building density.

"Due to city planning concerns, the possibility of fulfilling Yu's requirements is very low ... Kowloon Tong is a low density area and any big development needs to be approved," Yung said.

The commission has collected about 100 items related to the star and they could be exhibited in the Heritage Museum by 2012, he said. "The exhibition may feature duplicates of movie scenes."

Born in San Francisco, Lee was educated in Hong Kong before he moved to the United States. He returned to the city and filmed trademark works Fist of Fury, Game of Death and Enter the Dragon.

Lee died in 1973 aged 32.

A cinema at the Hong Kong Film Archive today will show four of his early films: The Kid (1950), A Son is Born (1953), Thunderstorm (1957) and The Orphan (1960).
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Plans for Bruce Lee museum in Hong Kong shelved, negotiations with property owner break down
26 June 2011

HONG KONG (AP) - Efforts to build a Bruce Lee museum in the late kung fu movie star's hometown of Hong Kong have been stalled again.

Fans have been calling for an official tribute to the screen icon for years. Their hopes appeared to be answered two years ago when the Hong Kong government and the owner of Lee's former home reached an agreement to convert the property -- a two-story house currently used as an hourly love motel -- into a museum.

But the Hong Kong government said Sunday that negotiations with the owner, businessman Yu Pang-lin, have broken down.

"Despite our efforts, we are unable to reach a consensus with the property owner over the scope of the restoration," the government said in a statement.

The statement did not elaborate.

An operator who answered the phone at Yu's offices in the southern Chinese city Shenzhen on Sunday said that his staff wasn't in.

Wong Yiu-keung, president of the Hong Kong Bruce Lee Club, said Yu made unreasonable demands, such as wanting to set up his own offices in the museum.

"Mr. Yu made such a high-profile gesture by donating the property, and yet we now realize those are not his intentions. We are very disappointed. I don't understand why he backtracked," Wong told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, who was also involved in the project, didn't immediately respond to an email sent to a publicist for the Bruce Lee Foundation seeking comment. Shannon Lee had also been raising funds for a museum in Seattle, where her father studied and taught martial arts.

The Hong Kong government said the Lee artifacts it had collected for the planned museum will be used for an exhibit at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum that is expected to launch in late 2012.

Lee became a source of Chinese pride by portraying characters who defended the Chinese and the working class from oppressors in films like "Return of the Dragon." He died in Hong Kong in 1973 at age 32 from swelling of the brain.

The late actor has been honored with a statue on Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars, a waterfront promenade featuring the hand prints of the southern Chinese territory's noted actors.

News of the shelved museum plans was first reported by the South China Morning Post on Sunday.
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