December 31st, 2013

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Anita Mui: Remembering a Cantopop Star



When Cantopop star Anita Mui Yim-fong died from cancer a decade ago, her obituary dominated headlines in Hong Kong. Now, a series of events are commemorating the singer, who sold millions of records and performed tirelessly until her death at the age of 40.

Embodying her home city’s philosophy of working hard to build a career from scratch, Ms. Mui first shot to fame in 1982 after winning a singing award for new talent in Hong Kong. She went on to make more than 30 albums and give a total of 292 live concerts in her career – still a record for a Chinese female singer.

In addition to her singing career, Ms. Mui starred in more than 40 movies, including the 1988 film “Rouge.” Co-starring fellow Cantopop star and actor Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, the movie won her best-actress prizes at some of Asia’s most influential film festivals, including Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the deaths of both Ms. Mui and Mr. Cheung, who committed suicide by jumping from Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel on April 1, 2003, at the height of the city’s SARS crisis. Ms. Mui died from cervical cancer that December.

According to filmmaker and TV host Eric Tsang Chi-wai, who is organizing a memorial concert for Ms. Mui on Dec. 30 along with singer Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, it was a tribute event to Mr. Cheung in early April that inspired them to commemorate Ms. Mui with a show.

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Source: Wall Street Journal