Mr. Ng Cho Fan
(1911 - 1993)
Actor Ng Cho-fan, original name Ng Kui-cheung, was spotted by United Photoplay’s Luo Ming-you when he was performing at a charity show for his school. He was cast as male lead in his first screen appearance in "Gunshot at Midnight" (1932). He later took part in two national defence films "Lifeline" in 1935 and "Song of Life" in 1937, the latter won him the title of “Movie King of South China”. Ng was well-known for his leadership. He was one of the initiators that kicked off a movement to "clean up" the Cantonese film industry and formed the South China Film Industry Workers Union in 1949. In 1952 he founded Union Film Enterprise Ltd with 20 other filmmakers including Lee Tit, Ng Wui, Cheung Ying, Pak Yin, Wong Man Lei. The company's goal was to make serious movies that closely reflected life in Hong Kong society. Ng starred in the 1953 production "Spring", which won him the First Class Individual Achievement Award given by the Cultural Ministry of the People's Republic of China. Together with Lee Sun-fung, he founded Hwa Lien Film Co to produce classic films “It was a Cold Winter Night” (1955) and “The Orphan” (1960). He retired in the 70s having starred in over 200 films. In 1993, he was awarded Special Memorial Award by the Hong Kong Film Awards.