Leslie Cheung committed suicide....

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  1. Danny Tse

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    To most Westerners, Leslie Cheung was known for his starring role in "Farewall My Concubine" or opposite Chow Yun-fat in John Woo's classic "A Better Tomorrow". But Leslie Cheung was one of the biggest music stars of HK pop in the 80s and early 90s as well. A fact completely ignored in the Reuter article on Yahoo! For the music fans, better pick up that hybrid SACD from Cinepoly (Universal Music HK).

    RIP Leslie
     
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    I just read this and came here to post something too. I've seen several of his films, including A Chinese Ghost Story, Ashes of Time, Farewell My Concubine, A Chinese Feast, and Happy Together, but my favorite film he's been in is The Bride With White Hair with Brigitte Lin (I'm sorry to be using all Western spellings and titles). Everybody who knows me knows how much I adore that movie. Watching it will never be the same for me, knowing he's dead.

    I ache for the inner pain that he must have been feeling, and the pain his family is going through now.

    Here's his biography on IMDB:

    Born the youngest of 10 children, Leslie's father was tailor to the late William Holden. His parents divorced when he was young, and he claims this is one reason for his disinterest in marriage. Following graduation from secondary school, Leslie studied at Leeds University in Great Britain. Upon his return to Hong Kong, he entered in the 1976 ATV Asian Music Contest, where he took second prize. He went on to perform on stage, television, and in teeny-bopper movies. It wasn't until he was cast in the role of "Kit" in John Woo's "A Better Tomorrow" that his acting career took off; he has since performed in some of the best-known Hong Kong movies of the last decade, working under the direction of such directors as Chen Kaige, Wong Kar-wai, Tsui Hark, and John Woo. Leslie emigrated to Canada in 1992, but soon returned to Hong Kong, demonstrating his intention to remain past the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China through his purchase of real estate and opening of a coffee shop in the colony. He is currently filming a new Wong Kar-wai film in Argentina.
     
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    Oh wow, that's really sad to hear. I just watched Temptress Moon a few months ago. For many on this side of the pond, he appeared in quite a few very memorable Asian films that made their mark here as well, and most were very watchable. RIP Leslie Cheung.
     
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    He was known more as a pop singer than an actor when I lived in Singapore, but he was very well known and his picture was always in magazines and the papers.

    A big shock, as I thought he had progressed to being a serious actor taken seriously. RIP, Leslie.
     
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    He "retired" from the music biz in the late 80s, but "un-retired" several years later. He was signed to HK Universal Music at the time of his death, but has expressed disappointment in the HK press about the management of Universal.

    As an actor, he gained international acknowledgement even before Chow Yun-fat did. Unlike most singers turned actors, Leslie was serious about his acting. He probably has a higher profile as an actor than a singer nowadays.
     
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    I'm speechless.

    -Dennis
     
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    Dennis, you might want to edit your post so that your sig doesn't show. It just doesn't seem right in this thread.
     
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    This is stunning. A lot of people had mixed feelings on him, but he undeniably put himself into whatever he did. He will be missed.

    Just checked some Asian media sources, and they are already having a field day, a shame.
     
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    Just checked yesasia.com's daily sale chart, there are 9 Leslie Cheung CD's in the Top 20. Talk about a feeding frenzy.

    The highest charting item (at #3) is actually a CD + DVD for Sam Hui, who originated the title character in Tsai Hark's "The Swordsman" series. The DVD contains the footage of Leslie and Sam dueting at Sam's retirement party (with John Woo and Tsai Hark) on the song they co-wrote, "Silence Is Golden".
     
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    Just heard this on the Chinese broadcast radio, I still cannot believe it [​IMG]
     
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    I just edited my post...I didn't even notice that. I apologize to any thin skinned members out there. [​IMG]

    -Dennis
     
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    It is a big loss in the asian films and music arts circle of his death.

    Back when i was a secondary school kid,i love his popular song "MONICA".

    His role in FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE and A BETTER TOMORROW are my favorites...

    Sigh...
     
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    "A Better Tomorrow" is truly a classic. Who can forget the cultural impact this movie created?

    And Leslie's album w/ "Monica"....I still have the original CD pressed by Toshiba EMI. Talk about fond memories....
     

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