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Bruce Lee Exhibition Unveiled at Hong Kong Heritage Museum
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passing away of the internationally renowned martial arts movie star Bruce Lee
By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher)
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passing away of the internationally renowned martial arts movie star Bruce Lee. A large-scale exhibition, "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu Art Life", is being presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in commemoration. The opening ceremony of the exhibition was held today with Hong Kong Financial Secretary, Mr. John C Tsang, officiating.

Presented by the LCSD and jointly organized by the Bruce Lee Foundation and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the exhibition is one of the highlight programs of the "Vibrant Hong Kong" theme under the territory-wide "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign launched this year. Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited, the exhibition will be opened to the public July 20 and will run for five years at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Mr. Tsang noted that Bruce Lee took kung fu to a whole new level of recognition and a new international audience with his natural charisma and physical prowess. He introduced Hong Kong to the world through his films and did more in this area than any other person. Movies such as "Fist of Fury", "The Way of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon" have been considered by film critics to be all-time classics that transcend generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

Occupying a total area of 850 square-meters, the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu Art Life" exhibition features more than 600 precious relics related to Bruce Lee on loan from a number of local and overseas collectors, including memorabilia of Lee and his costumes, books and gym equipment, as well as his articles. The exhibition gallery also houses several sets of reconstructions, which were created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study. Also featuring a 3D hologram animation on Bruce Lee, a newly created 3.5-meter-high statue of Lee and the 75-minute documentary "The Brilliant Life of Bruce Lee", the exhibition will enable visitors to review Lee's life story based on his profile, his movies, his martial arts and his development as a cultural phenomenon from a more comprehensive, in-depth and independent perspective.

The exhibition will also include a collector series in which the theme will be changed regularly to show the precious collections of different collectors with an aim of introducing the cultural significance and the influence of Bruce Lee through the collectors' eyes. The first exhibition in the collector series will feature more than 100 products related to the TV series "The Green Hornet" provided by internationally acclaimed U.S. collector Perry Lee. Through this collection, visitors will be able to learn more about the first image of Bruce Lee branded by a U.S. enterprise.

To tie in with the five-year exhibition, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum will organize a series of education and extension programs with different themes which will be carried out in phases. The first phase of activities, under the theme "The Bruce Lee that Hong Kong Knew", will include lectures, sharing sessions and interactive demonstrations to explore the life, career and achievements of Bruce Lee from different perspectives.

To enable the public to obtain more information about "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu Art Life" and to enhance their interest in the exhibition, interactive media will be employed along with social media, a dedicated exhibition website and smartphone apps. Members of the public will be able find from the LCSD's newly launched Facebook fan page, "Visit HK Museums", a public engagement campaign, directional day tour and exhibition promotional videos, highlights of must-see exhibits, interviews, quotes and the making-of materials for the exhibition.

During the early stage of the exhibition, the museum will arrange viewing sessions and online reservation of tickets for the first two months (from mid-July to mid-September) after the exhibition opens. Visitors can, via email, reserve tickets for a time slot that fits their schedule through the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's online reservation website []. Visitors will also be able to purchase tickets at the museum.

As the exhibition is classified as a long-term exhibition of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, visitors will only need to pay the museum's standard admission fees to visit the exhibition without any additional charges. However, visitors will be required to present the special admission slip for viewing the exhibition. Standard admission to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is HK$10 (US$1.28) with a half-price concession available for full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Group tickets at HK$7 (US$0.89) each are available to groups of 20 persons or more. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. It is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). For more details about the exhibition, please visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's website. For ticketing and arrangements for online reservation, please visit the website.

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