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Bruce Lee:Kung Fu ‧ Art ‧ Life

2/F Thematic Gallery 6
20 July 2013 - 20 July 2020
 

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

And the legend goes on, at the HKHM!
Since its opening in 2013, the Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life exhibition at Hong Kong Heritage Museum (HKHM) has enjoyed non-stop popularity, with an average of 600,000 visitors a year. As 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of Lee's passing, we have the pleasure to announce that by mutual consent between HKHM and the Bruce Lee Foundation in the US, the exhibition period has been extended to July 2020. Also, we are grateful that the local and overseas collectors of the Bruce Lee memorabilia whose collections are now on loan to the exhibition have agreed to the extension. We would like to thank all parties concerned for helping to make the Bruce Lee legend continue at HKHM!

Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, but grew up in Hong Kong. He appeared in his first film while still a baby. At the age of 10, he was cast in a starring role in a movie that made him famous as a free-spirited child actor. When he was 18, he returned to the US to pursue his studies, a journey that broadened the horizons of both 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 and 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 communities 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 45 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 invaluable items of Bruce Lee memorabilia from local and overseas collectors for 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 and 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. Thank you for your attention.

 

Guided Tours for General Public (In Cantonese)

Date From now until 20 July 2020
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 Guided tours are free and no advance booking is required. Visitors may sign up at the designated Meeting Point. Each session admits around 20 visitors 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

Smartphone Application

To tie with the exhibition "Bruce Lee: Kung FuArtLife", the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is launching a smartphone application with the interactive features "Take a Snap with Bruce". Install the app on your phone and Bruce will be there to post for your photos.

Download the mobile application now!

Download the application at Apple App Store
QR Code to download the application at Apple App Store
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QR Code to download the application at Google Play

 

 

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Exhibit Highlights

A Man: Lee Jun Fan

This was one of Bruce Lee's favourite outfits;
the initials "B.L." can be seen embroidered on the chest pocket on the left side.

Collection of the Bruce Lee Foundation

Collection of the Bruce Lee Foundation           Collection of the Bruce Lee Foundation
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 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.


Actor: Bruce Lee

Still from the film The Kid

Still from the film The Kid

1950
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

 

Still from the film The Orphan

1960
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Still from the film The Orphan
Promotional stills of Bruce Lee's styling of kungfu of ABC Television Network

Promotional stills of Bruce Lee's styling of kung fu from
ABC Television Network


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

Film programme for the film The Big Boss when it was screened in Japan

1973
Collection of Mr Jeff Chinn of San Francisco, US

Film programme for the film The Big Boss when it was screened in Japan
Still from the film Fist of Fury

Still from the film Fist of Fury

1972
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Film programme of the film The Way of The Dragon

1972
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Film programme of the film The Way of The Dragon
Still from the film Enter the Dragon

Still from the film Enter the Dragon

1973
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
Still from the film Game of Death

Still from the film Game of Death

1978
Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive


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

Head-shaped focus mitt with springs

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

Head-shaped focus mitt with springs

Head-shaped focus mitt with springs

 

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


Exhibition Shots

Exhibition Shots 1  
Exhibition Shots 2  
Exhibition Shots 3  

 

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