Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bronze Dragon

Hong Kong HK-52328 received 03-12-2012

Sent by: andtanger
From: Hong Kong
ID number: HK-52328
Notes: This fierce-looking statue depicts actor/martial artist Bruce Lee.  Lee was born in San Francisco in 1940, but moved to Hong Kong when he was three months old.  He was introduced to martial arts by his father after getting into several street fights.  He continued street fighting throughout his teens until his father decided to send him back to the United States in 1959.  He lived in San Francisco for several months, and then moved to Seattle to study drama at the University of Washington.  It was at the university where he met his future wife, Linda Emery.  

Lee dropped out of college in 1964 and moved to Oakland to open a martial arts studio with an acquaintance.  He also got back into acting around the same time (he had been in 20 films by the time he was 18).  He made an number of television appearances and then some films, including his two most famous films, Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon.    Enter the Dragon was actually released posthumously, as Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong on July 20, 1973 at the age of 32.  The official cause of death is listed as "death by misadventure", but he apparently died of brain swelling due to an allergy to some medication he had taken. He is buried in Seattle.

This statue is located along Hong Kong's Avenue of the Stars, which was modeled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  It is made of bronze, and the pose is based on the 'ready to strike' pose from Fist of Fury.  It was the site of a detour for the 10th leg of the 17th season of The Amazing Race.

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