Hong Kong screen idol Yueh Hua dies

Hong Kong screen idol Yueh Hua dies
Screen legends Yueh Hua and Nora Miao starred in Channel U's drama serial Together Whatever, in this 2005 file photo.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

HONG KONG - In 1966, fans toasted Yueh Hua's star turn in Come Drink With Me, opposite Cheng Pei-pei.

That movie, from influential director King Hu, is considered a classic in the swordfighting realm.

Yueh went on to be a Shaw Brothers' idol during that era and in the 1970s. He also made a name starring in television serials.

Last Saturday, the 76-year-old, who also acted in Jackie Chan's Rumble In The Bronx (1995), died in Canada, where he had relocated.

Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Wanbao reported that Yueh, who was married to actress Tien Ni, had been sick in the past few years, with his death supposedly linked to cancer.

A source said he had looked frail in August.

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

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