Sunday, October 14, 2012


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Famous Hong Kong film and television screen writer Szeto Kam Yuen passed away in Hong Kong on October 13 2012 due to lung cancer at the age of 48. Szeto Kam Yuen started in TVB and later joined Milkyway Image. He was one for the nucleus member of the previous Milkyway Image and an important member of Hong Kong film. He has written many popular films and television, movies like TOO MANY WAYS TO BE No. 1 (YUT GOR JI TAN DIK DAN SUN), THE LONGEST NITE (UM FA), EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED (FEI SEUNG DUT YIN) and EXILED (FONG JOOK) and television series FILE OF JUSTICE (YUT HO WONG TING), POLICE CADET (SUN JAT SI HING), and STREET FIGHTERS (MIU GAI MA HING DAI). Around 2000, Szeto Kam Yuen returned to TVB and wrote his representative work as well as Hong Kong television series peak AT THE THRESHOLD OF AN ERA (CHONG SAI GEI). Then he again left TVB to write movies like LOVE BATTLEFIELD (OI JOK JIN), SPL (SAT POR LONG) and EXILED.

Szeto Kam Yuen once wrote AT THE THRESHOLD OF AN ERA's famous line that accuses property companies from Hui Man Biu. "Go outside and ask anyone, ask them what they want. Their answer would be very simple, they only want a very ordinary, very ordinary home. Why do they have to spend their lifetime to pay off a home? Because those with money are playing them. Is this world fair?!" His final work is the Pang Brother directed, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Lau Ching Wan and Angelica Lee Sinjie starred INFERNO (TOH CHOOK SUN TIN), which is currently in production.

Oxide Pang Shun who worked with Szeto Kam Yun for the first time yesterday was working on the film with Lau Ching Wan in Thailand. When Pang Shun received a text message about Szeto's passing he could not hide his sorrow. "Very regrettable. This is our first collaboration. INFERNO is a film that we created together. Over this half a year even though he was sick he still worked hard on creating. I remembered around two months before the film started production, he even deliberately came to Thailand to discuss the script with me and my brother. At the time he already had chemotherapy treatment. During the period he felt discomfort and I even bought medicine for him. I still remember that like it was yesterday. He created this script from he was diagnosed with lung cancer to the passing now for an entire year. Although he has already left us, we will turn his words into a movie and make his final work its best for it to be the best tribute."

Ching Wan who has worked with Szeto on many films regretted that this talented screen writer's passing. To extend Szeto's creative spirit, Ching Wan said, "Actually during this film's production, I already knew he was ill. During the period a group of us who have worked with him met at (Johnnie) To Kei Fung's company for a group photo to cheer him on. I believe that now what we have to do is to make INFERNO well with the production team." In the photo were film professionals like To Kei Fung, Andrew Lau Wai Keung, Benny Chan Muk Sing, Louis Koo Tin Lok, and Daneil Lam Siu Ming. On the photo they wrote, "We love you, for our dearest Szeto." Szeto has seen this photo and well wish.

To Kei Fung who has worked with Szeto for years said, "Wai Kar Fai, Yau Nai Hoi, Szeto Kam Yuen and I all started in TVB. We have a deep relationship. He was a very outstanding screen writer. When I received this news this morning of course I was heart broken. We worked hard in walking this final journey of life with him. When he left he was very peaceful, I wish everyone would cherish life!" Shawn Yue Man Lok said, "This is a loss for the film industry! He was a very outstanding screen writer, I wish him a smooth journey!"

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