The raddest thing in the world happened on Sunday when a ceremony was held in Shunde (near Hong Kong) to formerly inaugurate the planning of a new theme park based on kung fu legend Bruce Lee! The article entitled, “Ground Broken on the New Bruce Lee Theme Park” comes to us care of the sensible Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) but probably should have been entitled, “Ground Broken and Shattered into a Million Pieces by Lightning-Quick and Deadly Fists and Kicks on the New Bruce Lee Theme Park.”
Of course, this news was announced a couple of months ago but we didn’t want to get our hopes up after they were dashed …um … frozen in liquid nitrogen and then kung fu chopped into a billion fragments about Shanghai’s Disneyland.
When you read the CBC article, the theme park — which is receiving some mysterious funding and progressing with the approval of Bruce Lee’s supposed former mistress, Betty Ting Pei, and younger brother — comes across as somewhat innocuous. Even reverential. Stated plans include a memorial hall, a statue of the film star, and a martial arts training academy.
Well that sounds tasteful. Die hard fans should really appreciate it. Not really a theme park. But…
But then you go back and read the earlier article from the Sunday Times (London) and it is revealed that they are also planning a roller coaster that emits Bruce Lee’s signature squawks and grunts! The park will be patrolled by robot-mannequin Bruce Lees! And the whole shebang is controlled by a special secret control room housed in a giant statue! Yes!
The park is slated to be finished in three years and we can pretty much guarantee, without doing any research or talking to anyone, that there’s going to be a hall of mirrors of some kind in this thing.