Mr. Tso Tat Wah
(1915 - 2007)
Actor Tso Tat-wah went to Shanghai at age 15 and made his first screen appearance in the silent film series "A Warrior of the Northeast” (1928-1931, in 13 episodes). In 1935, he continued his film career in Hong Kong with “The Bandits of Shandong” (1936). His first film as male lead was “A Woman of Virtue” (1939). After the war, he founded Youlian Film Company and began producing martial arts films like “Thirteen Heroes with Seven Swords, Part One and Two” (1949). He was also the owner of Youqiao Studio. In his long and prolific career, Tso not only took part in no less than 700 films, most of which are of the martial arts genre, but also with diversions into other genres like cloak-and-dagger and detective films. He had starred in over 70 titles of Wong Fei-hung films, mostly taking up the role of Master Wong’s head disciple Leung Foon. Audiences also remember him well as the hero pairing up with Yu So-chow in numerous martial arts films, the most popular being his role as Lung Kim-fei in the “Buddha’s Palm” series. He was also nicknamed “Inspector Wah” by due to popularity of his role as inspectors in detective films like “The Kidnappers” (1960) or “Intense Moment” (1961). In the 80s and 90s, Tso was still acting in films like “Aces Go Places” (1982) and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (1985). In 2001, Tso was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hong Kong Film Critics' Association. In 2003, he was given the Professional Achievement Award by the Hong Kong Film Awards.