Now you can pay final respects to Chu Ke-liang with an extended cut of his final movie

Chu Ke-liang's (pic) last bow on the silver screen, "Hanky Panky," will be rereleased in theatres Friday with never-before-seen footage - but for one day only.
PHOTO: Facebook/Hanky Panky

Chu Ke-liang's last bow on the silver screen, "Hanky Panky," will be rereleased in theatres Friday with never-before-seen footage - but for one day only.

The tribute to the actor and comedian, who died of cancer earlier this month, includes a scene showing Chu's character ("Brother Diao") sending off Huang Xin-yu (played by Amber Hsieh) before she heads abroad, which didn't make the original release.

"All portions of the film were cherished, but we had to cut some parts out due to length and the overall pace of the film," director Huang Chao-liang said.

In recent days, members of Taiwan's film industry have gathered signatures for a petition to award Chu a lifetime achievement award at the next Golden Horse Awards - the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars.

Thousands gather in Taiwan for veteran comedian Chu Ke-liang's festival funeral

  • A hearse decorated with flowers transports the coffin of late Taiwanese celebrity Chu Ke-liang during a funeral ceremony in New Taipei City on June 20, 2017.
  • Local residents stand next to a portrait of late Taiwanese celebrity Chu Ke-liang during a funeral ceremony in New Taipei City on June 20, 2017.
  • Pallbearers carry the coffin of late Taiwanese celebrity Chu Ke-liang from a local funeral parlor in New Taipei City on June 20, 2017.
  • Two men carrying crane-shaped effigies perform outside a funeral hall during a ceremony for late Taiwanese celebrity Chu Ke-liang at a local funeral parlor in New Taipei City on June 20, 2017.
  • Lion dancers and Lamborghinis took part in a massive funeral parade for one of Taiwan's best-loved television stars Tuesday, known for his crass jokes and trademark bowl haircut.
  • Residents and mourners gather to pay their last respects to late Taiwanese celebrity Chu Ke-liang at the hall of a local funeral parlor in New Taipei City on June 20, 2017.
  • Veteran Taiwanese comedian Chu Ke-liang died at 70 from liver failure on May 15, 2017.
  • He was battling with terminal colorectal cancer since 2014.
  • The actor died peacefully in his sleep at 5.08am.
  • Although he was diagnosed in 2014, he only underwent surgery late 2016.
  • Chu is best known for his distinctive hairstyle, dubbed "toilet lid", and his quirky choice of clothing: a dinner jacket with a bowtie, bermuda shorts, black shoes and white socks.
  • One of his daughters is renowned singer Jeannie Hsieh.
  • The two had reconciled few months before his death. The two were estranged after Chu racked up gambling debts of close to NT$1 billion (S$46.5 million) in the late 90s.
  • Chu went into hiding before resurfacing in 2010 and took on a number of movies and TV shows, where he is best known for his coarse humour and slapstick comedy.
  • At a concert last year, Hsieh also revealed her father's complicated past and infidelities, among other allegations.
  • Chu was married four times and leaves behind two sons and three daughters.

Huang supports the move, saying: "Big brother Chu deserves this because during his career, each of his films attracted so many people who wouldn't have watched movies otherwise. This was one of his greatest achievements."

Chu reportedly closely followed the box-office returns of "Hanky Panky," which was released in January and made NT$60 million (S$2.8 million) in its original run.

For more details on the release, visit the film's official Facebook site.

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