Fans tie Leslie Cheung's death anniversary with Hong Kong history

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 April, 2013, 4:13am

Thousands of fans were moved to mark the 10th anniversary of actor-singer Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing's death at exhibitions, concerts and a candlelight vigil in the city yesterday.

Hundreds choose to retrace the footsteps of "Gor Gor", an affectionate nickname meaning "older brother" in Cantonese, by visiting the places where he shot music videos and movie scenes, such as the pop song Stand Up and the film Days of Being Wild.

The sites included the old legislative council building, a herbal tea shop in Hollywood Street, and Pound Lane, where the government wants to build an escalator.

Photos, videos and songs of the late gay icon were played and displayed at each site, and a brief talk was given about the historical locations.

The tour started at 2pm at the Mandarin Oriental in Central, where Cheung jumped to his death at the age of 46. Dozens of wreaths and bouquets from around the world were laid outside the hotel yesterday.

"We don't want Gor Gor [or historical buildings] to become a collective memory, we want him to still be alive today," said Leslie Chan Ka-long, chairman of Our Bus Terminal, which organised the tour with fellow conservation body Western Concern Group.

Rick Chau Chi-pong, 35, a financial consultant, said: "It is very meaningful and special to remember Gor Gor at these places, and to learn more about the history of the old streets at the same time."

Yesterday at midday, a 20th anniversary charity screening of Farewell My Concubine - which brought Cheung international acclaim for his portrayal of a gay opera singer - was shown at the Sunbeam Theatre in North Point.

Hsu Feng, producer of the film, said she would never remake the movie because she believed Cheung's performance was unparalleled.

"What I remember about him the most is when we went to the film festival in Cannes and the Oscars. He told me, 'I now know that making a good film and receiving international recognition outside Hong Kong [makes me] so happy. As an actor, I am already satisfied.'"

Cynthia Wong Xinxin, 25, came from Beijing to Hong Kong for seven days to attend the exhibitions and concerts celebrating Gor Gor's life.

"I like the fact that he was handsome, persistent in the pursuit of art and a very kind person," she said.