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April 1, 2003

Leslie Cheung 1956-2003

Popular Hongkong pop superstar and actor jumps to his death

Oh my god. This is a shock.

Most of you have probably never heard of Leslie Cheung, but he is.. was.. one of Asia's biggest superstars as both a singer and actor. Try to imagine if Brad Pitt or Madonna suddenly committed suicide. What terrible news for folks over there, already suffering so much stress from this virus.

Some you will be aware I am an avid follower of Hong Kong cinema, and Leslie Cheung is in many of my favorite films:

John Woo's A Better Tomorrow, One and Two
Tsui Hark's Chinese Ghost Story, One and Two
The Bride With White Hair
Wong Kar Wai's Happy Together

He played a somewhat scandalous gay role in Happy Together, and rumors about his sexuality hounded him throughout his career. I'm sure now that will play into speculation about his apparent suicide.. but whatever the reason, a terrible tragedy.

Posted by jsmooth995 at April 1, 2003 1:10 PM

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