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"Farewell My Concubine" voted favorite Chinese movie by HK public
2005-05-26 02:17:21 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONG KONG, May 26 (AP) -- Hong Kongers have named Oscar-nominated "Farewell My Concubine," which features late local pop star Leslie Cheung playing a gay opera singer, as their favorite Chinese film ever.

Cheung was also named favorite actor in the survey released this week that received more than 25,000 votes from the public. Hollywood director John Woo, who got his start in Hong Kong, was voted favorite director and Cannes winner Maggie Cheung, another Hong Kong native, was picked favorite actress.

The No. 2 film was Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai's art-house film "Days of Being Wild." Woo's gangster classic "A Better Tomorrow," came third.

The suspense thriller "Infernal Affairs" ranked fourth.

Wrapping up the top five is another Wong film, "Happy Together," the story of a gay Hong Kong couple who escape to Argentina, which also stars Cheung.

Cheung committed suicide by leaping from a luxury hotel in 2003.

The survey was organized by Henderson Land Development Co. and Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Co. to mark 100 years of Chinese film.

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