'The Bruce Lee that Hong Kong Knew' Series
In association with the exhibition "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu ‧ Art ‧ Life"
Bruce Lee was one of the world’s most famous martial artists and an action movie star who became an international icon. But before he gained fame and popularity, Bruce lived and grew up in Hong Kong, and that’s the theme that the Hong Kong Heritage Museum wants to explore. 'The Bruce Lee that Hong Kong Knew' is a series of dedicated activities that look at Bruce Lee and explore his life, career and achievements from a variety of perspectives – some completely original. The programmes will lead Hong Kong citizens into the world of Bruce Lee.
The Development of Kung Fu Films after Bruce Lee: From the Revival of Game of Death to the Emergence of Bruceploitation Films
In association with “International Museum Day 2014, Hong Kong”
This lecture will be conducted in Cantonese.
Bruce Lee’s last film, the unfinished Game of Death, was initially criticised for its rough production that seemed unfaithful to the kung fu star’s vision, but as time has passed a growing appreciation of what triggers our fascination with the movie has developed. Meanwhile, the sudden death of the iconic martial artist and actor led to the emergence of Bruceploitation films, several of which have, through deceptive marketing and their individual peculiarities, also attracted our interest and carved out their own distinctive niche in the industry.
The “Art” of Bruce Lee’s Martial Art
This talk will be conducted in Cantonese.
In words, sounds and images, Bruce Lee bequeathed us his thoughts about martial arts. Merging Zen Buddhism and Taoism into his fighting techniques, Lee often conveyed his theory of martial skills and the deep philosophical meaning he found in it through artistic expression that can be compared to traditional Chinese poetry. Analysing Lee’s quotes about martial arts from artistic and aesthetic perspectives, the speaker will look at how this modern icon expressed his martial skills in the form of art and how practising those skills was, in a sense of performing arts. To Lee, his fighting style was both art and technique: to be a martial artist means to be an artist of life.
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