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Family gets involved in Bruce Lee film

A FILM about the legendary life of martial artist Bruce Lee is expected to make its debut on his birthday next year.

Lee's family is helping in the making of the movie, said.

The film's launch ceremony was held in Beijing yesterday, the 36th anniversary of Lee's death.

Producers said the movie doesn't have a name, a director or lead actors yet.

Lee's younger brother Robert is the executive producer of the film. He said he is very happy to have a chance to tell Bruce Lee's story from the perspective of a family member.

There are many films and books about Bruce Lee, said his elder sister Phoebe. "But they have all failed to show the most natural side of him."

They also said many "facts" about Bruce Lee are simply untrue. Bruce Lee attended boy's school rather than a co-ed school as some films depict and the Lee family lived in downtown Hong Kong, not in a cottage, she said.

Beijing-based J.A. Media Ltd is producing the film.

Many consider Bruce Lee to be the most influential martial artist of the 20th century, and a cultural icon.

Bruce Lee's former two-story home in Hong Kong may be renovated and turned into a museum as its owner Yu Pang-lin has offered to donate it to the government.

The government and Yu are asking for designs from the public with a 100,000-yuan award going to the winner, Xinhua news agency said in today's report. Yu said he wants the museum to include a memorial hall, a library, a kung fu studio and a film archive.

Officials are contacting Lee's family members and friends and asking that they donate some of his personal every day items to the museum.

Meanwhile director Wong Kar-wai plans to make a film about Bruce Lee's kung fu master Ip Man. The film will star Hong Kong actor Tony Leung.


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