Ms. Fong Yim Fun
(1928 - )
Original name Chow Tung-si, aka Leung Yin-fong, Fong Yim-fun developed great interest in Cantonese opera already at a young age due to her adopted mother. At age 10, she was trained under Pak Kit-chor at Kwok Sing Theatre and joined Sing Sau-nin Opera Troupe in 1937. In 1941, she was already acting in the theatre troupe of Yik Kim-chuen as second female lead and Yik gave her the stage name Fong Yim-fun. At age 16, she began playing lead roles on stage. After the war, her distinctive singing style in “Nocturnal Sacrifice at Lui Fung Pagoda” became very popular which then developed into her unique “Fong” tone. In a newspaper contest of 1952, she was elected “Queen of Cantonese Operas”. She made her first film in 1950, whereby she broadened her acting scope by playing in comedies and melodramas, like “She Says "No" to Marriage” (1951), “Money Will Find Its Way to Come” (1952) and “Romantic Spell” (1953). In 1953, she founded her own Zhili Film Company and tried to adapt her most famous Cantonese opera titles onto the silver screen. Prominent titles include “The Nymph of River Lo” (1957), “The Tragic Story of Leung Shan-pak and Chuk Ying-toi” (1958) and “Snow in June” (1959). Fong partaked in over 150 films over 10 years before she got married and retired in 1959. In 1984, Fong founded the Kwan Fong Charitable Foundation and has since been involved in many charitable activities.