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Bao Fang

Other names : 鮑方
Bao Fong
Bau Fong
Bau Gai Wun
Pao Fang
Pao Fong
Pau Fong
Paw Fong
Birthdate : 13/11/1922
Date of death : 22/9/2006
Nationality : China
Workplace : China, Hong Kong
Activities : Director (11), Assistant Director (1), Writer (6), Actor (83)


HK actor Bao Fong (or Bao Fong, Pao Fang, Pau Fong, Pao Fong) (鲍方) died at the age of 84.

Born Bao Ji Huan (鲍继焕) in November 12th, 1922 in Nanchang, Jiangxi province (江西, 南昌), Bao's family originated from the Anhui province. After law studies at the faculty of Guangxi, he joined a theatrical company in Guilin in 1942. In 1948, he arrived in Hong Kong. During the 1950s-1960s, he worked with almost all the island’s film studios, often under exiled film directors like him. He thus worked a lot with Bu Wancang, Zhu Shi Lin, Li Ping Qian and Chen Jing Bo, who had all started their careers in mainland China. Bao Fong then evolved in the cinema of the exiled Shanghai people, which was much different from the cinema of the local Cantonese. He appeared in adaptations of novels and plays, great historical events and social comedies. Being tall and good-looking made him play princes or romantic male leads. A friendly and comical air emanated from his personality, which seduced female audience. Among his performances at that time, we can mention Year In, Year Out (Yi Nian Zhi Ji), Wife and Husband (Fu Fu Zhi Jian), A Widow's Tears (Xin Gua), Thunderstorm (Lei Yu) or even Garden of Repose (Gu Yuan Chun Meng).

In 1959, he co-directed a first film with Chen Jing Bo (陈静波) : The Teenage Girl (有女初长成). In 1963, he directed his first film alone The Reluctant Bridegroom (假婿乘龙). He made on the whole about fifteen films in which he also played most of the time. He found genuine critical recognition with the film (co-directed with Hui Sin/Xu Xian) about the poet Chu Yuan (屈原) (or Chu Yuan/Wat Yuen) in 1977. Between 1978 and 1983, he held positions of responsibility among the Feng Huang/Phoenix studio (凤凰影片公司).

In the late 1970s, in order to pay for his son’s studies in the USA, he started acting in TV series for TVB. It was with his uncle, Wong Tin Lam, that he had better parts, usually those of conervative patriarchs, emperors, ministers or declining kung-fu school masters. In King Wah Chun Mung (京华春梦), a series by Wong Tin Lam, which depicts the adventures of a great feudal family, adapted from Zhang Hen Shui’s work, close to Pa Kin’s novels, Bao Fong fought against the star couple, Lisa Wong and Damian Lau. In Man Sui Chin San Chung See Ching/万水千山总是情 by the same Wong Tin Lam (a chronicle about a few families caught in the vicissitudes of History) Bao Fong played by the side of Patrick Tse Yin, Lisa Wong and Ray Lui. In Suet San Fei Wu/The Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (1985), he worked once again with Ray Lui, but also Angie Chiu, Margie Tsang or even Chow Sau Lan. At that time, Johnnie To took part in the filming of all Wong Tin Lam’s series, in which we could also find the names of Law Kar (currently, a curator at the Hong Kong Film Archives), Benny Chan, Lau Shut Yue, Tam Ling or of course Wong Jing, his son. His great presence, his noble face and pleasant voice often forbade Bao Fong to play bad guys. As he grew old, he lost his comic aspect in his roles. He ended up specializing in the parts of strict yet good old men, or of old wisemen in wu-xia series.

In the 1990s, he would occasionally appear in films. The fans of Ronny Yu, Brigitte Lin and Leslie Cheung must remember Bao Fong as the patriarch Wu-Tang in Jiang Hu/The Bride With White Hair (1993). Bao Fong got numerous honorary awards towards the end of his career. He had an apoplexy in 1999, during the shooting of a Chinese TV-series. That accident forced him to retire. Besides his 60-year career, Bao Fong took part in more than a hundred films and TV series.

The actress Pao Hei Ching (鮑起靜) – recently seen as Jet Li’s mother in Fearless – is Bao Fong’s youngest daughter and producer Fong Ping’s (方平) wife, Derek Yee’s old friend. She started in the industry in her father’s shadow. She was an actress, but also scriptgirl, assistant, production assistant, etc. on the films he made. Bao Fong’s son Peter Pau (Pao Hei Ming/Pao Tak Hei - 鮑起鳴/鮑德熹), after film studies in the USA, came back and settled down in Hong Kong where he is now one of the most reknown directors of photography. The producer Fong Ping (方平), Derek Yee’s old friend, is his son-in-law.

Bao Fong died at Hong Kong Ruttonjee Hospital on September 22th, 2006.

VTL (September 2006)

 [ 1990 - 1980 - 1970 - 1960 - 1950 - 1940 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain 1999, The 1999 Actor
 Chinese Box 1997 Actor
 Demi-Gods And Semi-Devils, The 1997 Actor
 Because Of Lies 1995 Actor
 Good Match From Heaven, A 1995 Actor
 Lover Of The Last Empress 1995 Actor
 Phantom Lover, The 1995 Actor
 Summer Snow 1995 Actor
 Drunken Master II 1994 Actor
 King Of The Sea 1994 Actor
 Long & Winding Road, The 1994 Actor
 Black Panther 1993 Actor
 Black Panther Warriors, The 1993 Actor
 Bride With White Hair, The 1993 Actor
 Heroes Among Heroes 1993 Actor
 Mary From Beijing 1992 Actor
 Sting, The 1992 Actor
 Thief Of Time 1992 Actor
 Ghost For Sales 1991 Actor
 Hong Kong Godfather 1991 Actor
 Blood Stained Tradewinds 1990 Actor
 Forsaken Cop 1990 Actor
 Kawashima Yoshiko - The Last Princess Of Manchuria 1990 Actor
 Point Of No Return 1990 Actor
 Final Combat, The 1989 Actor
 Tour Of Revenge 1989 Actor
 New Heaven Sword And The Dragon Sabre, The 1986 Actor
 Yangs' Saga, The 1986 Actor
 Flying Fox Of Snowy Mountain, The 1985 Actor
 Love With The Ghost In Lushan 1984 Director, Writer
 Warrant Of Assassination, The 1980 Director
 Chu Yuan 1977 Director, Writer, Actor
 Looks Of Hong Kong, The 1974 Actor
 Collegian 1970 Director, Writer, Actor
 Destiny Of Love 1969 Director
 I Have Come Again 1968 Director
 Adventures Of A Scholar 1967 Actor
 Operation Child Hung 1967 Actor
 Cricket And The King, The 1966 Director
 Wife On Trial 1966 Actor
 Happy Family, The 1964 Actor
 Happy Reunion, A 1964 Actor
 Hsu Hsueh Mei 1964 Actor
 Reluctant Bridgeroom, The 1964 Director, Writer
 Tung Hsiao Wan 1963 Actor
 Adventure Of The New Talents 1962 Actor
 Double Twins 1962 Director, Writer
 Romance Across The Window 1962 Director, Actor
 Alarm Conscious 1960 Actor
 Eternal Love, The 1960 Actor
 Laugh, Clown Laugh 1960 Actor
 Seventeen 1960 Actor
 Teenage Girl, A 1960 Director, Writer
 Fantasy Of Youth 1959 Actor
 Seaside Village, A 1959 Actor
 Unfulfilled Wish, An 1959 Actor
 Wild Rose 1959 Actor
 Culprit, The 1958 Actor
 Those Bewitching Eyes 1958 Actor
 Dog Murderer 1957 Actor
 Whither Spring ? 1957 Actor
 Foolish Heart, The 1956 Actor
 Survivors Of Love 1956 Actor
 Three Loves 1956 Actor
 To Marry Or Not To Marry 1956 Actor
 Widow's Tears, A 1956 Actor
 Between Father And Daughter 1955 Actor
 Full House 1955 Actor
 Wayward Love 1955 Actor
 Year In, Year Out 1955 Actor
 Return 1954 Actor
 Tears Of A Young Concubine 1954 Actor
 Beauty In Disguise 1953 Actor
 Closed Chamber 1953 Actor
 Midsummer Night's Romance 1953 Actor
 New West Chamber 1953 Actor
 Singing Under The Moon 1953 Actor
 Songstress Called Hong Lingyan, A 1953 Actor
 Tears Of A Songstress 1953 Actor
 Wife And Husband 1953 Actor
 Wonder Dog To The Rescue 1953 Actor
 Back Home Again 1952 Actor
 MIdas 1952 Actor
 Playboy, The 1952 Actor
 Portrait of a Lady 1952 Actor
 Song Of Nightingale 1952 Actor
 Woman's Heart 1952 Assistant Director, Actor
 Thirteen That Go Astray, The 1951 Actor
 To See The Clouds Roll 1950 Actor
 Twenty Four Hours Of Marriage 1950 Actor
 Soul Of China, The 1948 Actor

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The Phantom Lover
Heroes Among Heroes
Heroes Among Heroes
The Black Panther Warriors
The Bride With White Hair
Ghost For Sales
Ghost For Sales
Blood Stained Tradewinds
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King Of The Sea (2)
Heroes Among Heroes (2)
The Bride With White Hair (2)
Ghost For Sales (1)
Blood Stained Tradewinds (1)
Point Of No Return (2)

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