gathered a TON of news covering MAD FUCKIN PROPS to my fave HK news blog since geocities days! HKSAR Film No Top 10 Box Office http://hktopten.blogspot.com[2013.04.01] CHEN KAIGE REMEMBERS LESLIE CHEUNG
Chen Kaige worked with Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing on FAREWELL TO MY CONCUBINE (BA WONG BIT GEI), which left him with a deep impression. He spoke to Sina about the production, in his eyes Gor Gor was "the same as a person and in character, pure and pristine". After Gor Gor's passing, he once dreamed about gor Gor in a Chinese suit costume. He smiled and said, "Farewell!" When he woke he had tears coming out of the corner of his eyes. He said that the first time when he met with Gor Gor in Hong Kong, he had a otherworldly feeling -- very natural, very realistic. In the colorful world of Hong Kong he could be so clean, very tolerant and without any arrogance. He was an extremely hard working person, before the shoot he focused on studying Beijing Opera in Beijing for 6 months. Now who is able to do this? During the shoot he was very focused, in one scene Gor Gor was asked to quit smoking opium and got into a conflict with Zhang Fengyi. After the shoot Gor Gor was in tears and didn't stop for a long time. He was full of this lack of distinction between the person and the role. Posted by hktopten [2013.04.01] ALBERT AU SHARES A PHOTO WITH ALAN TAM AND LESLIE CHEUNG
Albert Au Shui Keung at a Cable Entertainment News interview shared his valuable photos, including a photo with Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing and Alan Tam Wing Lun. "Back then Alan and Cheung Kwok Wing were the hottest singers in music, the outside often thought they were competing but actually privately they were very good buddies. They would dine together. The competition was only due to their over enthusiastic fans slamming the other's idol; their fans would compete like it was life and death, which onlookers thought was funny." Au Shui Keung once performed SHADOW OF VENUS (OI SUN DIK YING JI) with Taiwan singing beauty Shen Yen, who was very famous in Taiwan. She planned to develop the Hong Kong market and invited him to work with her. Once at a promotion in Kowloon Park, several hundreds were expected but a hundred thousand people crushed the venue. The event cancelled the event out of fear of losing control. He said that he was already the envy of many otakus when he was able to take a photo with Shen Yen. Posted by hktopten [2013.04.01] CHAN SUK FUN: NEVER BEFORE SEEN VIDEOS ON APRIL 1
Yesterday around 3:30PM, Chan Suk Fun led the Grasshoppers and the crew to conduct a worship ceremony for the concert. Mrs. Chan revealed that the event theme would be countdown with Gor Gor, with the new songs starting the countdown performance to the old songs. Would Gor Gor's beloved Daffy Tong Hok Tak attend? She said, "I don't know yet, but he has come to the Hong Kong Coliseum to watch the rehearsal. The entire production preparation progress brought back a lot of memories for me." Another event will take place on the April 1. Even though no singer will perform, the event will play many music videos, guest well wishes and never before seen videos. She hoped that the younger generations of "post Wing fans" will be able to understand Gor Gor even more through the interview videos. Later Tai Chi, William So Wing Hong, Andy Hui Chi On, Joey Yung Cho Yi, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming and others appeared at the venue for rehearsal.
Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing was very easy going and willing to help new comers in show business, thus many artists who have received Gor Gor's help and worked with him had nothing but praise. His relationships with elders were great as well. Yesterday many artists online and in interviews remembered Gor Gor.
Andy Hui Chi On: To be a bird with legs requires aura and qualifications, he had them and he truly was able to achieve them. Gor Gor, "ten years" was the same, no one can replace you.
Law Kar Ying: Every year on April 1, how many people miss him? Have you? I have.
Jacob Cheung Chi Leung: Cheung Kwok Wing is a serious performing artists, he would not care about his co-stars' quality. He would only bring them into character. Thus everyone respected him.
Lam Jik: Leslie's songs and performance are unique.
Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga): Cheung Kwok Wing respected and cared about elder actors very much. When he had time he would eat and chat with them. He cared about the younger generations just as much. He truly was a rare artist.
Shu Qi: I still remember when Gor Gor worked with me on a movie. He held my hand, taught me the lines and the marks. He was very patient, I still wouldn't have forgotten now.
Karena Lam Ka Yun: Every year at this time there would be many red cotton tree flower on the ground, and I would miss you especially!
Sam Hui Koon Kit: Leslie! I wish you happiness in Heaven!
Cecilia Cheung Pak Chi: Gor Gor, I am great. You don't have to worry about me. Now I have two very cute, very healthy children and live very happily. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. Posted by hktopten [2013.04.01] LESLIE CHEUNG'S FINAL MESSAGE: HOPES TO HAVE A COMFORTABLE SLEEP
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the superstar of a generation Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing's passing, Gor Gor's manager Chan Suk Fun starting last night began two nights of different format MISS YOU MUCH LESLIE events at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Last night friends who have worked with Gor Gor performed and remembered Leslie through music. Tony Leung Chiu Wai appeared on stage three time and conversed with his late friend. He even asked Gor Gor if he missed everyone. Jacky Cheung Hok Yau performed in shorts and sandals, he joked that no matter how he dressed he would not be as cool as Gor gor. Mrs. Chan also opened the mystery message and brought out Gor Gor "hoped to have a comfortable sleep".
The concert had around 20 performing artists. Gor Gor's beloved Daffy Tong Hok Tak chose to appear and support the event in a low key manner. The show opened with Chan Suk Fun's recording, telling the mystery message that Gor Gor once left her. She said, "At 6:43PM on April 1, 2003, a loud surprise shattered the hearts of many. At the time I was at the scene and had no idea what happened. Suddenly a voice told me, 'I finally can properly have a comfortable sleep'. I always kept that in my heart and told no one, until I heard this song (Cheung Hok Yau's FOR A FRIEND to Anita Mui Yim Fong), finally understood and said it. Relax! We understand, we know, you will always remain in your free space, we will always miss you!" Then Anthony Wong Yiu Ming appeared on the stage as well as an empty chair, as if left for Leslie.
Wong Yiu Ming performed LOVE OF GLASS. He said, "Gor Gor, 10 years ago you played a big joke on us. That day the entire city shattered; but your passing taught us to care about other people's pain. Although you have gone to such a far away place, everyone still miss you so closely." Then he sang the Gor Gor narrated THIS FAR, THAT CLOSE.
Gor Gor's good friend Tony Leung Chiu Wai appeared with the DAYS OF BEING WILD (AH FEI JING JUEN) theme song as background music. He appeared three times throughout the night, conversing with Gor Gor. At the end he even sang with all the performers WIND CONTINUES TO BLOW. Wai Jai said, "Gor Gor's dream was to become a director. Gor Gor is the director of tonight's concert. All the singers are the actors, and he claps the clapper board." Wai Jai quoted DAYS OF BIENG WILD, "If you want to remember you will always remember". He said, "I remember that you really like this line from DAYS OF BEING WILD. After this period, I finally understand. It also tells me that this life also has progressed, at this minute who is missed the most. Sometimes when I raise my head and stare at the sky, I would thinking about looking for the bird with legs." Wai Jai looked up and asked, "After 10 years, I really want to know, do you still miss us?" Then Gor Gor's concert video was aired. "I miss all of you the most."
Wai Jai said that after Gor Gor left, once he accidentally called his number and heard a familiar voice, "Please leave a message." Wai Jai continued, "I really wanted to say over the phone, let's start over." This was what Ho Bo Wing (Cheung Kwok Wing) also said in their film HAPPY TOGETHER (CHUN GUONG JA SIT) to Lai Yiu Fai (Leung Chiu Wai).
Peter Chan Ho Sun said in his video, "In a movie that we worked together on, he insisted on speaking a line until he thought it was perfect. It was 'Whether you are a man or a woman, I just know that I love you'." The crowd applauded. Hok Yau appeared in sandals and shorts. He said that his look respected Gor Gor the most because it was his favorite. Yet he definitely was not as cool as Gor Gor. Hins Cheung King Hin performed with a "male female mix" look. Remus Choi Yat Kit had Gor Gor's image on his back.
Vivian Chow Wai Man sang the song that Gor Gor wrote for her, IF YOU KNEW MY DIFFICULTY. She choked up as she said, "Maybe for Leslie writing this song was easy, to me it was an incomparable honor." Kelly Chen Wai Lam and Joey Yung Cho Yi sang Gor Gor's hot hits. Sheung Tin Ngor sang the theme song of her series with Gor Gor, ONCE UPON AN ORDINARY GIRL (NUNG BOON DOR CHING).
After the performance, Chan Suk Fun lamented with her eyes all red that the production was not perfect enough. However the stars comforted her and said that she already did very well. Gor Gor would definitely be very happy to receive this gift.
Last night many friends made videos about Gor Gor and made more understand Gor Gor's brilliance in the eyes of his friends. When Gor Gor's first love Teresa Mo Shun Kwan appeared on video, the crowd roared. When she remembered Gor Gor she was so emotional that she was teary eyed.
Mo Shun Kwan: Gor Gor and I both love Cantonese Opera. He once hired a band, our favorite was to perform Yam Pak. After Gor Gor's passing, every time I hear Cantonese Opera I would think of him.
So Sze Wong: A medium friend said that he dreamed of Gor Gor, asking him to tell his friends "stop being heart broken over me". Today I am dressed in pink because I want to say that life goes on, don't be heart broken anymore. Do you hear me? From now on only said Miss You Much Leslie!
Carina Lau Ka Ling: Every Lunar New Year I would receive peach blossom from Gor Gor. After Gor Gor passed, I continued to shop at the place that he introduced to me because I wanted to preserve that feeling of flower shopping with Gor Gor as a memory.
Tony Leung Ka Fai: I always said Gor Gor was petty as he would easily get mad at people. Yet he wouldn't be mad for more than 5 minutes. This was Cheung Kwok Wing.
Cherie Chung Chor Hung: When we made a movie overseas, when we were together Gor Gor would share a lot with me. Sometimes we would fight over the same thing when we shopped, but when he saw a suitable gift he would give it to me. He truly loved his friends. Gor Gor has always stressed "forever", which he has already achieved. He is a legendary superstar.
John Woo (Ng Yu Sum): Every time I heard PAST LOVE (song from A BETTER TOMORROW), I would have a very loving feeling. I will happily live my life!
Last night many show business guests attended, which confirmed Cheung Kwok Wing's luck with people. They included the elder Pak Shuet Sin, who arrived in the company of her disciples Connie Chan Bo Chu, Mui Shuet Sze and friends Lau Pui Kei, Chan Sin Chi and others. Lau Ka Ling, Deborah Li and her husband Moustache Kong, Shi Nansun, Cheung Man Yi, So Sze Wong, Elaine Jin (Kam Yin Ling), Alan Tang Kwong Wing's wife and daughter, Lee Lam Lam also attended. The event set up 18 tables for them. Viewers also received white candle lanterns, every corner of the venue were filled of shadows of Gor Gor. Posted by hktopten [2013.04.01] ALAN TAM AND LESLIE CHEUNG FORM A PINK TEAM
On a morning radio program, radio DJ Leung Tai interviewed several of Gor Gor's friends in the business like Alan Tam Wing Lun, Sandy Lam Yik Lin, and Karen Mok Man Wai.
Alan and Gor Gor were rivals back then, their fans even attacked each other in a blood feud. Alan on the program recalled when he and Gor Gor both chose pink suits to attend the Tokyo Music Festival. As Alan was trying to figure out a resolution, Gor Gor joked, "What is there to be afraid of! Just pretend we are Team Hong Kong!" Gor Gor was very gracious and shared a mutual admiration with Alan. Alan lamented that if Gor Gor was still alive, they now might be good partners.
Alan also revealed that a few weeks before Gor Gor's passing he invited him and Nat Chan Pak Cheung to his home. Alan recalled, "He invited us to his home for afternoon tea. He said at the time he was moving but had a lot of koi in his pool, he asked us what to do. Finally he gave the koi fishes to Ah Lek." Speaking of Ah Lek admitting on another program that he criticized Gor Gor publicly before and revealed that when he visited Gor Gor at home Gor Gor asked Ah Lek why he attacked him. Although Alan had no impression, Gor Gor's direct personality was thoroughly on display.
Close with Gor Gor, Mok Man Wai said that when Gor Gor participated in the RTV singing contest, she at age 8 presented flowers to him. She said, "I still remember that. At the time he wore a white suite and was really very handsome." When Karen joined the business and worked with Gor Gor on a movie, Karen told him. Gor Gor joked, "Then I am your uncle." Later she was a guest at Gor Gor's concert, sang a love song with Gor Gor and even kissed him for over 20 nights. Karen admitted that Gor Gor was very helpful to younger generations and treated her like a niece. Thus she still often thinks of Gor Gor. Lam Yik Lin described Gor Gor as someone who truly resembled an "older brother". He often lectured younger generations. She also praised his professionalism and treated people with sincerity.
Kit Chan Kit Ling who played mahjong with Cheung Kwok Wing said, "We used to play together all the time, even Tong Hok Tak. We also played mahjong together. we not only joked around but also chatted about personal stuff."
Chan Kit Ling also said that Gor Gor at the start of his career was both "immature" and "ambitious". Because their manager was Chan Suk Fun, they sang two songs together. Chan Kit Ling also revealed that Gor Gor taught her to sing. "Because back then English songs had a deep influence on me, my singing was rougher. However Gor Gor was very tender. When we recorded , he and I would talk about how to handle the love song." Chan Kit Ling also knew about Gor Gor's depression and felt that his passing had some advanced signs. Posted by hktopten [2013.04.01] LESLIE CHEUNG'S FINAL WISH: A ROMANCE WITH NANAKO MATSUSHIMA
Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing has never fulfilled the director dream. Veteran screen writer Lam Kei To who worked with Gor Gor on the film BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR (BAK FAT MOR NUI JUEN) two nights ago revealed on internet radio that Gor Gor was interested in making a romantic comedy in 2003 and even planned to invite Japanese star Nanako Matsushima to work together. He said, "I know that Gor Gor back then thought about working with a Japanese production company and getting Nanako to be the lead actress. In the film Gor Gor was someone who the entire world thought was gay. In Hong Kong he ran into Nanako and finally everyone was wrong as he developed a romantic love story with Nanako. He knew Gor Gor at the time already had a second draft, the preparation was smooth."
As for Gor Gor's other plan of directing the film version of THE YOUNG CONCUBINE (NGOR GA DIK NUI YUN) with Anita Mui Yim Fong as a co-director who would have been responsible for the acting directions, Lam Kei To said, "Although Ah Mui was sick at the time, Gor Gor often convinced her to fulfill the director dream." Posted by hktopten [2013.04.02] HSU FENG REFUSES TO REMAKE FAREWELL TO MY CONCUBINE
The Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing starred film FAREWELL TO MY CONCUBINE (BA WONG BIT GEI) 20 years ago held a charity screening yesterday at the Sunbeam Theater, which was filled with posters and stills from the film. A charity DVD and record sale took place, all the proceedings will be donated to Gor Gor's favorite charity Children's Cancer Foundation. Lee Kui Ming and a female Mainland fan donated HK$50,000 and HK$100,000 respectively.
Sunbeam Theater was where Gor Gor and Zhang Fengyi met in the film, thus the screening chose to take place here. Gor Gor's beloved Daffy Tong Hok Tak loaned Cheung Kwok Wing's Japan Film Critic Association Foreign Film Best Actor to be displayed for everyone.
The empty chair was saved in the theater for Gor Gor to watch the film with fans from Japan, the Mainland and other places. The film's executive producer, Tomson's Hsu Feng, also attended. She said, "Many people asked me to remake FAREWELL TO MY CONCUBINE, and many people have offered to play Dip Yi. However I will never remake it because no one can compare to Cheung Kwok Wing. He was the one and only. Gor Gor was an amazing and smart actor, when he made FAREWELL he stayed in Beijing for half a year without returning to Hong Kong. He personally performed all of the opera scenes himself." She said that now every time she passed by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel she would not dare to look, so far she still was unable to accept it.
Hsu Feng knew that Gor Gor was very sick. She said, "When Gor Gor was ailing, I was in Shanghai. I returned to Hong Kong once or twice every month. Gor Gor would come to my home to discuss the film that he would direct. Then he was severely sick, I called him and even though he didn't feel well at all he still replied in a minute. Our common point was our passion for film. Our memories were so numerous that they could not be all written down in several books." Posted by hktopten [2013.04.02] CARINA LAU: YOU WILL ALWAYS BE BEAUTIFUL IN MY HEART
Every friends who mention Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing would tell their special feeling for Gor Gor because Gor Gor is an unique idol.
Carina Lau Ka Ling: Do you know, in my heart you will always be beautiful...
Margie Tsang Wa Sin: Ten years ago today, Heaven played a joke that no one wanted to accept with us! No one can replace your position Gor Gor Cheung Kowk Wing, I have been very fortunate to meet you, hopefully you in the faraway Heaven have everlasting joy! Thank you for bringing us such classic work! Miss you always. Our beloved "superstar" Gor Gor Cheung Kwok Wing.
Michelle Reis (Lee Ka Yun): This was the last time I saw you. While waiting backstage, we chatted, then you poured me a glass of water and another for my little assistant. You will always be the most mesmerizing most familiar superstar -- miss you Gor Gor.
Vincent Zhao Wenzhou: Years flow like water, light and shadow remain the same. Miss you Gor Gor, missing Cheung Kwok Wing!
Donnie Yen Chi Tan: The photo was taken on July 27 1998, I was 35. That day Gor Gor sang the birthday song for me. Past emotions, the memories of which were as clear as news, as if they were yesterday. We miss u Leslie!
Kenny Bee (Chung Chun To): Every year at this time I would think of this good friend, let's properly remember him over these few days!
Anthony Wong Yiu Ming: If you are too tired, there is no crime in bidding farewell in time...I knew long ago, glass breaks very easily...April 1st ten years ago, the love of glass in the city of glass...
Li Bingbing: I am me, the firework of a different color; under the open sky and on the empty sea, I have to become the strongest bubble.
Zhang Ziyi: I pray for the stars and the moon to bare witness, even for a lifetime I am willing to wait, one day I will fulfill my wish and bring you to find forever. Missing my only idol -- Cheung Kwok Wing. Posted by hktopten [2013.04.02] WONG KAR WAI WILL NOT MAKE LESLIE CHEUNG BIOGRAPHY Takako Tokiwa and Leslie Cheung's MOONLIGHT EXPRESS will be remade in Korea, pic courtesy of mingpao.com
Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing is not the one and only in the hearts of fans, even international class director Wong Kar Wai and film company Hsu Feng who have worked with him felt that no one could replace Gor Gor. Not only would they not remake FAREWELL TO MY CONCUBINE (BA WONG BIT GEI) but also no Cheung Kwok Wing biography. Like Gor Gor's hit MONICA, who can replace your position?
Wong Kar Wai and Cheung Kwok Wing have worked together on many films. If Tony Leung Chiu Wai was Wong Kar Wai's preference, Cheung Kwok Wing was Wong Kar Wai's favorite. In DAYS OF BEING WILD (AH FEI JING JUEN), ASHES OF TIME (DUNG CHE SAI DUK) and HAPPY TOGETHER (CHUN GUONG JA SIT), Gor Gor brought his characters to life and left deep impression with the audience. Wong Kar Wai yesterday expressed his feeling about the 10th anniversary of Gor Gor's passing online. "I think I won't make a Cheung Kwok Wing biography or cast someone to play Cheung Kwok Wing, because I think he was the only one and cannot be replaced. He was a very special person."
In a few words, Wong Kar Wai already said how unique Gor Gor was in his eyes. In the same manner, FAREWELL TO MY CONCUBINE's owner Hsu Feng stated that no one would be able to replace Gor Gor in FAREWELL TO MY CONCUBINE.
Even so, Gor Gor who rose to fame in South Korea long ago was well missed. A film company wanted to remake his hit film MOONLIGHT EXPRESS (SING YUET TUNG WA), which starred Gor Gor and Japanese star Takako Tokiwa. The film production company said that it has already purchased the right from Mei Ah. The new version will have a Korean director and Korean actors. The remake of a Cheung Kwok Wing style romance for an Asian release would be deeply meaningful to the 10th anniversary of Gor Gor's passing. To those who missed the Cheung Kwok Wing style romance, this would be a great gift that would bring back memories. Posted by hktopten [2013.04.02] SO SZE WONG: DAFFY TONG THINKS LESLIE CHEUNG FANS ARE THE BEST Sheung Tin Ngor performs the ONCE UPON AN ORDINARY GIRL theme song with Andrew Tuason on the pianoWu Wai Hong, Leslie Cheung, Chiang Hing Lung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai
courtesy of mingpao.com
Miss You Much Leslie concert two nights ago took place at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Stars saluted Cheung Kwok Wing and performed his classic songs. Daffy Tong Hok Tak also supported the event in a low key manner. How did he thought? Gor Gor's good friend So Sze Wong yesterday wrote online, "Mr. Tong said in compliment, 'The fans are the best'!" Seemingly the passion of Gor Gor fans touched Tong Tong.
Many artists posted their valuable photos with Gor Gor in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Cheung Kwok Wing's passing. Little Tigers' Wu Wai Hong brought a surprise and posted a swimsuit photo with Gor Gor. In the photo Gor Gor and Wu Wai Hong both wore sexy speedo with Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Chiang Hing Lung in shorts. The photo background was the former TVB Broadcast Drive headquarter's Wooden Men Alley. Posted by hktopten [2013.04.02] LESLIE CHEUNG FANS FILL HONG KONG WITH FLOWERS
Gor Gor shot the STAND UP music video on Pound Lane
courtesy of mingpao.com
Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing's fans yesterday were all over Hong Kong, the goal of which was to pay respect to Gor Gor. A sea of flowers filled Hong Kong as everyone would not forget this day.
Gor Gor's former home in Kadoorie Hill posted two notices in Chinese, English and Japanese from the management, stating that Gor Gor has already moved from the above address. Any flowers or souvenir left there would be removed immediately, but female Gor fans still insisted on bringing flowers to remember Gor Gor. Ms. Fu from Lanzhou said that she was a "post Wing fan". She only liked Gor Gor for 11 months. Last April she said the 1989 farewell concert online and liked Gor Gor, thus she came to pay her respect; Gor fans still put letters into the mailbox in hopes that Gor Gor would be able to see their love in Heaven.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Central would be a sea of flowers every year. Many fans also gathered on Ice House Street next to the hotel. Gor fans around the world presented a heart shaped floral arrangement, and spelled out "We Love You" with flowers. Many Gor fans heard Gor Gor's hit and broke down in tears.
Chan Suk Fun set up a spiritual tablet in Po Fook Hill for Gor Gor, which not only had fresh flowers in front of it but also at the special area set up outside for everyone to express their love for Gor Gor. Gor Gor's hand print on the Avenue of Stars also had fresh flowers, each flower represented the endless memories that everyone had for the idol of a generation.
The preservation group "Our Bus Terminal" and the Central and Western Concern Group yesterday organized the "Traces of Gor Gor Central and Western District guided tour" that brought Gor fans to many locations of Gor Gor's music video and films for free. Stops included the LOVE music video location the old Legislative Council building, WHO CAN RELATE and HE IS A WOMAN SHE IS A MAN (GUM JI YUK YIP)'s Duddell Street, STAND UP's Pound Lane in Sheung Wan. The guided tour had over 200 Gor fans, starting from the old Mandarin Oriental Hotel to Pound Lane they danced the STAND UP choreography on the stone steps. Guide and Our Bus Terminal chair Leslie Chan Ka Long was also a loyal Gor fan. "This is our first Gor Gor guided tour, hopefully we will be able to preserved Gor Gor related landmarks. At first we thought around 30 people would participate, we didn't expect over 200 people. Hopefully in September we will organize another guided tour on Gor Gor's birthday."
Many Mainland tourists joined the guided tour. The 18 year old Wuhan student Ms. Cao deliberately skipped class to pay her respect to Gor Gor in Hong Kong. "I went to the Hong Kong Coliseum for the memorial concert. I was very emotional and cried many times." In a Gor Gor memorial tee, she said that she waited in line for 3 hours before she was able to buy a souvenir. Mainland Gor fan Mr. Liu said that Tong Tong's words for Gor Gor was the most touching. Posted by hktopten [2013.04.02] A THOUSAND CANDLES FOR LESLIE CHEUNG
"Ten years living and dead have drawn apart, I do nothing to remember, But I cannot forget" was not only Daffy Tong Hok Tak's words to his beloved Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing, but also Gor fan's forever remembrance for their idol. 10 years ago at 6:43PM on April 1, Gor Gor jumped from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and ended his life; 10 years later on April 1, nearly a thousand Gor fans participated in a candle light memorial event in addition to numerous memorial activities. Every drop of tear on the face of Gor fans represented that they never forgot, Gor Gor would always live on in their hearts.
Cheung Kwok Wing's beloved Tong Hok Tak last night went to the Hong Kong Coliseum to remember Leslie with fans in a low key manner. In the past 10 years, Tong Tong would choose to spend the day alone, but this year Gor fans finally moved him to remember Gor Gor with almost ten thousand Gor fans.
Tong Tong before last night's event ended appeared on stage with Mrs. Chan and gave three bows to the audience in appreciation of fans' never changing love for Gor Gor over the years. Mrs. Chan spoke first on the stage. "Gor Gor, today is your memorial day. Daffy very bravely attended the exhibition on the 30th and two nights of memorial concerts. You can relax and enjoy your long vacation." Then she held Tong Tong's hand, gave three bows to the audience and waved. Tong Tong did not speak. After leaving the stage he left in a vehicle.
Tong Tong yesterday even revealed that his and Gor Gor's good friends of many years DJ Vani dedicated the song WHERE ARE YOU (NEI JOI HOR DEI) to Gor Gor and publicly expressed his endless missing and love for Gor Gor for the first time. The lyrics "From now on I know how much I love you, want to be with you long ago" have already expressed his love to the faraway Gor Gor. Tong Tong even represented Gor Gor and dedicated a song to Gor Gor's fans. He said, "I want to dedicate the song GETTING THROUGH IT TOGETHER (GUNG TUNG DOH GOR) to all of Leslie's friends and fans." Did Gor Gor receive Tong Tong's sentiments?
Tears still have not dried after ten years of farewell. What Cheung Kwok Wing would be the proudest of would probably be his fans whose passion for him never ceased. For days fans in Hong Kong, the Mainland, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, The U.S., Canada and other places brought fresh flowers, origami cranes, fruit, candy and other offerings to different locations to pay their respect like an one day Hong Kong tour. They went to Gor Gor former home, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Sha Tin Po Fook Hill, the Avenue of Stars, and for the 10th anniversary this year they even went to Times Square and the Hong Kong Coliseum for the Miss You Much Leslie exhibition and concert. Traces of Gor fans could be seen everywhere.
Yesterday around 6PM, almost a thousand Gor fans gathered at the square across the street from the former Mandarin Oriental, with more attendees than past candle light memorial events. Ice House Street across the street was also filled with fans, some even stood in the road and alerted the police to set up barrier to maintain order. Fan club representative Ms. Yau said that according to Chan Suk Fun the correct time of death was 6:43PM, the moment of silence also was changed.
Gor fans held white handles as the event played many Gor Gor hits. When THE MOON REPRESENTS MY HEART (YUET LEUNG TOI BIU NGOR DIK SUM) the thousand Gor fans sang along. Many faced the Mandarin Oriental hotel across the street as tears ran down their faces. At 6:43PM, a moment of silence began. Then Gor Gor's voice was played, "Thank you, I hope you would forever remember me." Many Gor fans immediately screamed "Leslie". Singer Han Yang immediately sang GOR GOR. The event ended at 6:48PM. Many Mainland Gor fans headed for the Hong Kong Coliseum to attend the memorial night.
At the exhibition that began two days ago Gor Gor's bust was already damaged in two places. Yesterday the exhibition at Causeway Bay Times Square continued to be packed, unfortunately a mischievous child stomped and poked at Gor Gor's giant bust. The event's original intention was for fans to be able to touch it, which turned into a little disrespectful to Gor Gor. The reporter even found a lot of damage to the sculpture. However, most Gor fans had good intentions. A group of Gor fans from the Mainland who called themselves "Miss You Much Origami Crane Mission 1956912" quietly folded origami cranes in the corner. A female member revealed that the organization has been formed for 3 years, from the initial few dozen to now almost a thousand members. This time over a hundred members came to Hong Kong.
Last night the Chan Suk Fun organized Miss You Much Leslie memorial night at the Hong Kong Coliseum was mainly for fans to share Gor Gor's exciting performance. Last night when the concert began, the entire audience gave an one minute standing moment of silence. Chan Suk Fun before the show said that last night mainly was a video broadcast. Because many "post Wing fans" wanted to understand their idol's life even more, it was like a fan club meeting. Did the singers volunteer to perform two nights ago? She said that everyone should be able to see each artist's whole hearted performance, thus everyone sincerely presented this gift to Gor Gor. Posted by hktopten [2013.04.03] CHAN SUK FUN: GIVING TONG TONG SPACE IS RESPECTING GOR GOR
For the 10th anniversary of Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing's passing, manager Chan Suk Fun after completing for him the two show MISS YOU MUCH LESLIE concerts yesterday went to Po Fook Hill to pay her respect to Gor Gor with Japanese "Gor fans". After holding back her tears for days, she finally succumbed under the influence of fans who went to pay their respect despite the weather.
Daffy Tong Hok Tak two nights ago appeared on the Hong Kong Coliseum stage and gave three bows to the audience with Chan Suk Fun. Although he did not speak, he already expressed his appreciation inside. Chan Suk Fun said, "After so many years, actually this pain is very hard to pull out of. However he has already taken a giant leap, which puts me at ease and is what comforts me the most." Speaking of Tong Tong's room being caught on camera, Chan Suk Fun admitted that she rarely read magazines but hoped everyone would give Tong Tong some space, which was also respecting Gor Gor. "If needed, during official events Tong Tong would stand still for everyone to take pictures. There is no need to disturb his personal life. If you respect Gor Gor, then you would let him live properly!"
Chan Suk Fun revealed the final message that Gor Gor left her but led to Mainland online speculations. She said, "'I can finally have a proper sleep' is only a transition, bringing out the lyrics of FOR FRIENDS is the most important. Because I don't know how to express myself, I made it into a music video. Gor Gor wanted everyone to know that if they understood him they would overcome their sorrow and happily live everyday." She urged everyone to put the folded origami cranes into the collection boxes before April 10. "Although the Guinness Record has already been set, I still hope to satisfy the fans' '1956912' mission and make the entire event even more perfect." Speaking of damages to Gor Gor's sculpture, Chan Suk Fun said that it will be repaired and hoped that everyone would cherish it while taking photos.
At the concert two nights ago, many artists shot videos to discuss Gor Gor's life. Jacky Cheung Hok Yau said, "I never think that Gor Gor has passed, especially since he has left so many great on screen work. Even over 10 years I still feel he is very close to us." Kit Chan Kit Ling also did not admit Gor Gor's passing. "As a star, as a friend, he absolutely could be a role model. I miss this best friend and the most admired person of mine very much."
Carina Lau Ka Ling said, "I miss you very much, one day we will meet again."
Tony Leung Ka Fai folded origami cranes as he said, "I was East Evil, he was West Poison. I still remember the difficult and intimate moments in the below zero degree desert, days of drinking and dreaming everyday. When I was Tung Sing, he was Sai Jau. We had a chance to sing and dance together, which made me understand he was an all purpose person...acting, singing, even writing lyrics on the spot, he made me understand what a poem in seven steps was. I am very happy to see everyone here, remembering an old buddy who has left for 10 years." Posted by hktopten
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