HONG KONG: Bruce Lee fans are marking the 35th anniversary of the Hong Kong action star’s death with an exhibit featuring movie posters, magazine covers and books about the actor.

Also among the 800 items on display are letters written by Lee that detail his life in the U.S., where he attended university and taught kung fu before returning to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong actor Danny Chan, who plays Lee in an upcoming Chinese TV series about the late actor, attended the opening ceremony Friday of the exhibit, organised by the Hong Kong-based Bruce Lee Club.

Chan said he hopes the exhibit will improve public understanding of Lee. “A lot of people like Bruce Lee but know very little about him.”

Lee made his name as an actor in Hong Kong and died here on July 20, 1973, at age 32 from swelling of the brain. He was known for movies in which he portrayed characters that defended the Chinese and the working class from oppressors.

His credits include The Chinese Connection, Return of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon.

Talks are ongoing about turning Lee’s former home in Hong Kong into a museum. The philanthropist who owns the two-storey house has offered to donate the property — now used as an hourly love motel — and has lobbied the government to help convert it into a museum. — AP