|Romantic Villa, Bruce Lee Residence turned Love Hotel|
Reports coming out from Hong Kong on Wednesday suggested that, the late Bruce Lee's residence in Kowloon Tong will be on sale.
Current owner, Mainland Chinese Philantrophist Yu Panglin, decided to sell it away as talks with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to convert Romantic Villa, a love hotel, into a Museum failed. As the love hotel is in need of refurbishment and no rent has been collected for 2 years, Yu decided to sell it away.
Yu's intention to add on three storeys of cinema, library and martials arts centre before he donated the land to Hong Kong SAR Government. But this was turned down. Local authorities do intend to set up a gallery in honour of Bruce Lee at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
|Bruce Lee (1940-1973)|
As an avid Hong Kong and kung-fu film lover, I will say that the fingers will point to the Hong Kong government to allow such situation to happen. People will be reminded how the century old Queen's Pier was torn down and they will fear the same for the late Bruce Lee's residence.
Bruce Lee's achievement transcend time. He turned the world view how Asians, especially Chinese, were portrayed in cinemas. A museum was fit for him and with the 40th death anniversary is coming in 2013, without a decent place to showcase his legacy is just too much for the Chinese community, and way too much for the Hong Kongers.
I do hope both parties, local government and philanthropist, can settled amicably for a solution soon. Many Bruce Lee fans round the world, as well as overseas Chinese, wish to visit a Bruce Lee Museum at his residence, to remember this Master.
If you wish to visit Romantic Villa before it was torn down, please go to:
41, Cumberland Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Nearest MTR: Kowloon Tong