Ms. Pak Yin
(1920 - 1987)
Original name Chan Yuk-ping, Pak Yin engaged in filming activities in 1936 in Guangzhou, but her debut film “Twin Lotuses” failed to be realized due to financial isuues. She came to Hong Kong in 1937 to act in “The Magnificent Country”(1937) and "Shanghai under Fire" (1938), which brought her to stardom. She had made quite a number of films in the pre-war era including "The Magnificent Ones" (1938) and “Madam Butterfly” (1940). After the war she joint hand with Ng Cho-fan to prompt the production of "My Love Comes Too late" (1947) which was an indictment of the atrocities that the Japanese army committed in China. The film paved way for more Cantonese films to come. In 1952, she was one of the co-founders of Union Film Enterprise Ltd., acting in many of Union’s productions, like “Big Thunderstorm” (1954) and “Anna” (1955). With the film “Spring"(1953), Pak won her the First Class Individual Achievement Award given by the Cultural Ministry of the People's Republic of China. Pak made over 300 films in her career, and had portrayed many classic roles in Cantonese cinema. The most representative of her films include "The Prodigal Son" (1952), "It Was a Cold Winter Night" (1955). In 1954, she founded Shan Luen Motion Picture Co. with Ng Wui and Cheung Wood-yau and made "Madam Wan" (1960) and "The Great Devotion" (1960), among others. In 1964, after making “A Mad Woman” (1964), Pak took her retirement.