“No one’s written a biography [of Bruce Lee] in the last 20 years,” he said. “He’s such a huge star. It seemed a shame that no one had written a very good biography about him.”
Polly says most books in English about Lee only cover his life in the US, so he came, four decades after the death of Lee, trying to find out what he was really like through interviewing people in Hong Kong who actually knew him and his family.
Among those he has interviewed are movie mogul Raymond Chow Man-wai, Robert Chua Wah-peng, who created the popular television show Enjoy Yourself Tonight, martial arts master Ip Man’s son Ip Chun and Betty Ting Pei, Lee’s mistress, who was with him when he died in her apartment.
The interview with Ting lasted seven hours, Polly said, during which she showed him her kung fu moves and did Buddhist chanting.
“That has to be the most unique interview I’ve ever been in,” he said. “I think it’s one of the very first times she’s ever told to Western journalists about her relationship with Bruce. For many years Betty Ting was blamed for Bruce’s death, so I think it’s good that she’s finally decided to open up and tell her side of the story.”
I guess that’s a reasonable excuse for why he hasn’t been writing articles for us lately. Personally I think an article on fighter flatulence would be more interesting than new information surrounding Bruce Lee’s death (note to self: write article on fighter flatulence), but we can’t all be as tuned into what the internet considers entertainment as I am.