Bruce Lee Statue -
On Sunday, November 27, 2005 the citizens of
Hong Kong unveiled a bronze statue of legendary
martial arts superstar Bruce Lee who in his
early career starred on the American crime drama
THE GREEN HORNET/ABC/1966-67.
The monument which stands 2.5-metres
(eight-foot-four-inches) tall, and weighs 600
kilograms (1,323 pounds), overlooks Victoria
Harbor by the waterfront Avenue of the Stars at
Tsim Sha Tsui. Renowned Chinese sculptor, Cao
Chongen created the statue for the The Hong Kong
chapter of the Bruce Lee Fan Club at a cost of
$100,000. The words "Star of the Century: Bruce
Lee" are carved on the base.
At the unveiling, Bruce's brother, Robert said
"He always wanted to tell people what a person
can do to be able to express himself or herself
(to) the fullest....I think he really deserves
this." The ceremony took place on what would
have been Bruce Lee's 65th birthday
similar statue was dedicated a day
before in a city park in Mostar, in southern
Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Chinese ambassador to
the region, Li Shuyuan was present at the
unveiling ceremony held at Mostars central park,
close to the former frontline of Bosnia's
1992-95 civil war,
The image of Bruce Lee was chosen as a symbol of
unity to fight against ethnic divisions. The
base of the Bosnia statue displayed the words:
"Bruce Lee 1940-1973. Your Mostar."
Unfortunately, that 1.68 meter statue, made by
Croatian sculptor Ivan Fijolic, was vandalized
soon after the unveiling ceremony.
Bruce Lee in a typical defensive move
Bruce Lee died at the age of 32 from a cerebral
edema (swelling of the brain) on July 20, 1973.
Born in San Francisco while his father was
touring with a Cantonese opera company in 1940,
Bruce Lee left America soon after his birth but
returned to the United States to study
philosophy at the University of Washington. He
married his girlfriend, Linda in 1964 in Seattle
and opened his first martial arts school.
Soon after, Bruce won the role of Kato on the TV
series THE GREEN HORNET. He then left American
for Hong Kong where he became an international
box office phenomenon appearing in such martial
arts films as The Big Boss, Fists of Fury,
the Dragon and Game of Death.
Both Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee, who
died in a freak accident while shooting the
movie The Crow are buried side-by- side
at Seattle's Lakeview Cemetery, a 40-acre burial
site located at 1247 15th Avenue East and
Garfield Street, Seattle, WA 98112.
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