Mr. Kwan Tak Hing
(1905 - 1996)
Actor Kwan Tak-hing began practicing Cantonese opera at age 15 under opera singer Sun Bak. In 1921, he joined the Chuk Wah Nin Opera Troupe and learned the skills of male lead Liang Chau. Once he acted for Liang Chau on stage which won him the name Sun Liang Chau in the Cantonese opera world of the 1920s and 30s. He appeared in the first Cantonese talkie "Blossom Time" (1933). In the film "The Knight of the Whip" (1936), Kwan stunned the audience with his whipping skills. In 1949, he took the title role in "The Story of Wong Fei-hung, Part One"(1949), which was the beginning of a series of over 80 Wong Fei-hung films to come. Kwan was active in charitable works and also a keen exponent of Confucian teachings. His roles as Mo Chung and God of War in films like “Mo Chung's Bloody Fight on Lion's Tower” (1956), “Kwan-ti, God of War” (1956) and “General Kwan Escorts His Sister-in-Law on a Thousand Mile Journey” (1957) were very popular at the time. During the Sino-Japanese war, he was often involved in morale boosting trips to the barracks and also publicity for the armed resistance against the Japanese invaders, which earned him the title "The Patriot Artist".