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Fans pick Bruce Lee statue design
Bruce Lee statue design
The winning design shows Lee in a pose from Fists of Fury
Bruce Lee fans have chosen the design for a statue of the kung-fu icon, to be unveiled in Hong Kong in November.

But the Bruce Lee Club has asked the government to contribute towards the cost of casting the bronze tribute.

More than 57,000 fans took part in the internet vote. The winning design shows a bare-chested Lee in a pose from his 1972 film Fists of Fury.

However, organisers say they only have half of the HK$1.2m (85,000) they need to construct the 2.5 metre statue.

"It's impossible for us to bear the whole responsibility for the fund," said Hew Kuan-yau, a member of the club's committee.

"We're not asking the government to pay the total sum, but at least part of it."

Tourist attraction

The club has government approval to unveil the statue on 27 November on the Avenue of Stars, a tourist attraction on the city's harbour front, to mark Lee's 65th birthday.

The statue will be made by Chinese sculptor Cao Chongen, whose works include a statue of China's former leader Deng Xiaoping.

There are also plans to erect a statue of the star in the Bosnian city of Mostar.

Lee was born in the US but moved to Hong Kong as a child, later finding fame in such films as Enter the Dragon and Game of Death.

He died in 1973 at the age of 32 after suffering a cerebral edema.

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