Stars mark 10th year of Mui's death

Stars mark 10th year of Mui's death
Cantopop queen Anita Mui

Hong Kong- Maggie Cheung, Cherie Chung, Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Andy Lau remembered their old friend, Anita Mui, on stage on the 10th anniversary of her death on Monday.

The loss of the Cantopop queen still seemed fresh as several of the stars fought back tears during the memorial concert, said Ming Pao Daily News.

Lau, who sang in the finale, choked up as he said: "Thank you for keeping her in your heart for the past 10 years."

The 8,000-seat concert at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre was conceived by Tsang and Jacky Cheung, and it was a full house, said Ming Pao.

Friends and disciples of Mui took turns to sing and share stories of her and they were led by Tsang, who proclaimed the late superstar an iconic "daughter of Hong Kong" and described the concert as a surprise party for her.

Kick-starting the show, he looked heavenwards and asked: "Ah Mui, are you ready?"

Among the performers were Jacky Cheung, Kwok, A-mei, Eason Chan, Sandy Lam, Andy Hui and his new fiancee, Sammi Cheng (who coyly stood apart from Hui for an all-star singalong).

Tony Leung Chiu Wai and his wife, Carina Lau, presented a song written by Mui, In The Hazy Night Rain. Lau read the lyrics aloud before Leung sang them.

An emotional George Lam remembered Mui by wearing the same jacket he wore to the last duet he performed with her a decade ago. "I wore this jacket that night and didn't wear it again," he said.

Maggie Cheung recalled the boyish and girlish sides of Mui. She said Mui could be a gallant friend, coming to her rescue and drinking on her behalf, or a childlike pal, getting into a pillow fight with her.

Andy Lau sang Years Flow By Like Water before introducing Sunset Song as the favourite song of Mui, who died of cervical cancer at age 40. "She felt that this song was written for her. It's her life story."

Finally, all the stars - even Tony Leung Ka Fai, who was held up by a late flight and just made it - sang Sunset Song together as a clip of Mui played.

The men on stage were in tears, said Ming Pao, as were the fans off stage.

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