Mr. Bow Fong
Original name Bau Gai-wun, actor and director Bow Fong was born in Jiangxi and during the Sino-Japanese war, he escaped to Guilin and developed his interests in stage performances and was acquainted with playwright Ouyang Yuqian. Bow came to Hong Kong in 1948 where he joined the Yung Hwa Motion Picture Studios through Ouyang Yuqian, his first film being “The Soul of China” (1948). Then, director Zhu Shilin invited him to join Feng Huang and Great Wall. He acted in over 50 films including “Year In, Year Out” (1955), “Thunderstorm” (1961) and “Garden of Repose” (1964). In “Laugh, Clown, Laugh” (1960), he displayed his skills in Beijing opera, Yue opera, Crosstalk and Huang Mei tune singing. In 1959, he co-directed "A Teenage Girl" (1960) with Chan Ching-po to begin his directing career of 18 films that included “Romance Across the Windows” (1962), “The Painted Skin” (1966) and “Chu Yuan” (1977). In 1980, he acted in TV series such as “Yesterday's Glitter” (1980), “Love and Passion” (1982) and “A Kindred Spirit” (1995). But in 1999, he was forced to quit after a heart attack. He was awarded a Special Honor Award by the Performing Artists Guild of China in 1993, the Chinese Film Stars Special Award in 1995 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hong Kong Film Critics' Association in 2000.