Leslie Cheung in a still from The Phantom Lover – the gay icon’s untimely death in 2003 marked the end of an era. Photo: Mandarin Films Ltd.
Leslie Cheung in a still from The Phantom Lover – the gay icon’s untimely death in 2003 marked the end of an era. Photo: Mandarin Films Ltd.
Douglas Parkes
Opinion

Opinion

Douglas Parkes

The rise and fall of Leslie Cheung – the King of Cantopop’s story will forever bookend Hong Kong’s glory days

  • The star of A Better Tomorrow and Days of Being Wild rose to prominence alongside Anita Mui, Jacky Cheung and Andy Lau in the golden age of Canto-pop
  • His role in Farewell My Concubine changed the West’s view of Chinese-language cinema and remains one of three Hong Kong films to ever be nominated for an Oscar

Leslie Cheung in a still from The Phantom Lover – the gay icon’s untimely death in 2003 marked the end of an era. Photo: Mandarin Films Ltd.
Leslie Cheung in a still from The Phantom Lover – the gay icon’s untimely death in 2003 marked the end of an era. Photo: Mandarin Films Ltd.
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