Ms. Pak Suet Sin
(1926 - )
Original name Chan Suk-leung, Pak Suet Sin was the daughter of a leading opera singer Pak Kui-wing. She practiced the art of Cantonese opera under Sit Kok-sin already at age 12 and was playing leading female roles in Kam Tim Fa Opera Troupe already at age 16. In 1942, she got acquainted with Yam Kim-fai and the duo’s seamless performance won the hearts and minds of many who became their die-hard fans. In 1956, they founded the Sin Fung Ming Opera Troupe and jointly produced a number of memorable stage works. Pak joined the film business already before war, but it was only in the 50s that she gained fame playing unobliging women or smart young maids, for example in “How the Red Maid Thrice Mocked Cheung Kwun-shui” (1952) or “How the Scholar Tong Pak-fu Won the Maid Chau-heung” (1957). Many of their stage works were also being adapted onto the silver screen, including “Princess Cheung Ping”, “The Legend of Purple Hairpin”, “Butterfly and Red Pear Blossom” and “The Lion's Roar” (1959). In 1968, she retired after the farewell performance in “The Tragedy of a Poet King”. Pak was honoured with the Life Achievement Award by the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2001.