|Ron Ng is heartbroken over the news|
|Tang Chi Wai plays a song for his benefactor|
|Raymond Lam will keep working hard and never disappoint Sister Pui Wa|
|courtesy of on.cc|
|Veteran filmmaker and producer Chan Pui Wah passed away yesterday morning. She always had a smile on her face and thus had great luck with people in the business. |
|Chan Pui Wa was a great colleague for Andy Lau. A SIMPLE LIFE shone at several film festivals as she walked the red carpet with Ann Hui, Andy Lau and Deanie Ip|
|Elaine Lok says that Sister Pui Wa went peacefully and took care of her affairs over a month ago|
|Kevin Cheng praises Chan Pui Wa as friendly and easygoing|
|When Sister Pui Wa was a TVB artist manager, she even took an ailing Charmaine Sheh to the doctors after an injury on the set.|
|Sonija just visited Chan Pui Wah and is surprised by the news|
|Sammi Cheng remembers Chan Pui Wah|
|Tang Chi Wai (center) describes Sister Pui Wa (right) as his benefactor|
|Wu Fung laments how often life changes|
|Chua Lan mourns his late friend|
|Connie Chan gets teary eyed when she recalls her late friend|
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Famous filmmaker, producer and executive producer Chan
Pui Wa yesterday passed away from cancer. Over the years Sister Pui Wa
contributed a lot to the Hong Kong entertainment business. Many industry
insiders mourned her passing.
Always with a smile on her face, Chan Pui Wah passed away at 7AM
yesterday morning due to cancer caused complications. In the 80s she
joined Golden Harvest and went from the accounting department to the
production department to oversee the numbers due to her outstanding
performance. She mainly was responsible for control the film
production expenses, budgets, studio scheduling and other tasks. Later
she caught Sammo Hung Kam Bo's eye. He negotiated for her to be in
management of Bo Ho Films under Golden Harvest. In the 80s she worked
as producer, executive producer and other posts on many films. She was
able to stand firm in a man's world and produced many films like MR.
VAMPIRE (GEUNG SI SIN SUN), HEART OF DRAGON (LUNG DIK SUM), WINNERS AND
SINNERS (KEI MAU MIU GAI NG FOK SING), A FISHY STORY (NG TUET MUK DIK
YUN), HER FATAL WAYS (BIU JEH NEI HO YEH!), SAVIOR OF THE SOUL (91 SUN DIU
HUP NUI), ASHES OF TIME (DUNG CHE SAI DUK), CHUNG KING EXPRESS (CHUNG HING
SUM LUM), A SIMPLE LIFE (TOH JEH) and LOST AND LOVE (SUT GOO). Chan Pui
Wa worked with many superstars and directors like Tony Leung Chiu Wai,
Jackie Chan, Hung Kam Bo, Yuen Biao, Anita Mui Yim Fong, Leslie Cheung
Kwok Wing, Maggie Cheung Man Yuk, Brigitte Lin (Lam Ching Ha), Wong Kar
Wai and others and received their trust and rave. In the 90s she worked
as a TVB artist department executive and had great relationships with
many television artists.
Chan Pui Wa later worked as an artist manger at TVB and even
managed Lau Tak Wa's film company. She was nicknamed the Imperial
Butler. Later after learning that she had lymphoma she began treatment.
3 years ago after her condition stabilized she exercised daily and she
must return home before 10 to rest. Because color gradually returned to
her face, everyone thought that she was gradually recovering. However
recently her condition worsened, as she expressed to her friends that she
was preparing mentally for the day when she would become welcome home in
Heaven. Her children, grandchildren, church friends and artists friends
of many years often kept her company during this final period.
Having worked with Sister Pui Wa on A SIMPLE LIFE (TOH JEH), Andy
Lau Tak Wa has known her since the 80s. Wa Jai said, "Soon after I got
into the business in the 80s I met an elder. She loved me like family.
We worked together for years and took care of each other. Her passing
would leave me truly missing her, but I wish her a safe journey and would
forever have Sister Pui Wa in my heart." Connie Chan Bo Chu learned from
the press about Sister Pui Wa's passing. Her eyes were all red and teary
as she spoke. "We have only known each other in the past few years, Big
Sister (Fung So Bo) introduced us. Each time I performed Chinese opera
she would definitely be there. Earlier I knew that she had stomach
problems. Early this year everyone still were in contact, we even
chatted. Only lately I have been busy with rehearsal, originally I
wanted to invite her to watch Cantonese opera. Unfortunately she is no
longer with us."
Sonija Kwok Sin Nei said that earlier she did not know Sister Pui
Wa's seriously ill, only earlier she suddenly thought of her. That night
someone told her that she was in a nursing home. Thus two days ago she
went to visit. At the time her family was there as well.
Sin Nei said, "When saw Sister Pui Wa, she wasn't very thin and
was rather full. She only looked a little pale. In addition she even
responded to us. I wished that she would return to home in Heaven, have a
safe journey. Her pain has ended!" She also recalled when she was at
TVB, once she was hospitalized for stomach illness. Sister Pui Wa
visited Sin Nei and even brought delicious baked goods to the hospital.
She kept coaxing Sin Nei to eat. At the time she truly felt that she was
as nice to her as her own mother.
Sheila Chan Suk Lan said that she did not know about Sister Pui
Wa's passing. She remembered during her Golden Harvest days they worked
together on two movies and praised her for taking care of all the artists
like a nanny. Eva Wong Yu Sze was shocked about Sister Pui Wa's passing.
When she joined TVB she also visited her and got to know her job. However
they did not have a lot of opportunities to truly spend time together.
Ng Yu said that he has known Sister Pui Wa for years and praised
her for her outstanding performance at the TVB artist management
department. She was very helpful. "Whether with scheduling or casting
her arrangements were complete. She was friendly, I have never seen her
get mad. The Lord will continue to bless her. May she rest in peace."
Elaine Lok Yi Ling said that Sister Pui Wa was 68. She spent over half
of her life in film and television. She was friendly and easygoing,
hard working, capable and courageous, she also had a lot of positive
Musician Tang Chi Wai announced the news online. He posted that
this was the saddest day in his life, describing Sister Pui Wa as his
benefactor, his Venerable Tang Monk. She turned him from an originally
rebellious youth to have a chance to stand on the stage, taught him
about life and remembering where he came from. He played a song for
Sister Pui Wa and wished that she may rest in peace.
Sammi Cheng Sau Man would miss Sister Pui Wa's kind smile and
sincere sharing. She remembered chatting with Sister Pui Wa at Wa Jai's
home, which benefit her a lot. Her unwavering belief moved and inspired
Ada Choi Siu Fun quoted the Bible online. "You turned my
wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
Psalm 30:11". She posted, "My good friend, I know that you are dancing
in the Heavenly home, singing with the joyous white clothes!"
Chua Lam mourned his late friend Chan Pui Wa. Because she was
in the restaurant business in Australia, Chua Lan wrote, "I am about to
leave for Melbourne, I thought of when the Hong Kong film golden
age passed she once immigrated there. It was like yesterday. Have a
Wu Fung have known Chan Pui Wa for almost 20 years. Brother Sau
said, "Today I even wanted to call her, no wonder no one picked up. She
was a very, very good film producer and filmmaker." Brother Sau put his
hands together and mourned his late friend. Brother Sau has been in film
and television for years, made countless productions and no longer
remembered he has worked with Chan Pui Wah. They ran into each other at
TVB. He only knew that she produced films for Sammo Hung Kam Bo and
worked with Lau Tak Wa on SHOCK WAVE (CHAK DAN JUEN GA). They often had
Sister Pui Wa created many legendary films with Wong Kar Wai.
Wong Kar Wai responded through Jet Tone, "Have a safe journey, rest in
the Lord's embrace!" Kevin Cheng Ka Wing said, "Sister Pui Wa was the
nicest person I know, she was a faithful Christian. My condolences to
Sister Pui Wa in a religious publication interview revealed that
because she was too busy with work her marriage suffered. Even her
daughter was mad at her. Later she returned to the church. The pastor
helped her to open the door with the key of love, to beg for her
daughter's forgiveness. She expressed regret and lamented, "So what if
you made money?" Her children would rather Mama stay at home and cook
them a meal. Luckily she was able to fix the relationships in time and
finally able to return home to Heaven in the embrace of love in her
Simon Yam Tat Wa said, "I just found out this morning and am
still very upset, because Sister Pui Wa from then to now was Hong Kong's
great film producer and contributed a lot to Hong Kong film. Everyone
felt that her passing was a loss of great talent!"
Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui sad, "Her name was Chan Pui Wa. My
first time as a director on NEVER ENDING SUMMER (NG SAM GWAI YU CHAN YUAN
YUAN) was completely due to her encouragement. She became my producer,
recommended investors, I was speechless with appreciation......I won't
disappoint you. I will keep making my movies great."
Kenneth Ma Kwok Ming said, "It's very sudden. I saw her a year
ago. Sister Pui Wa was very nice! I remember when I just started after
finishing the training class, Sister Pui Wa already gave us a lot of
encouragement. When I heard the news today it felt very sudden and very
regrettable. When an elder who helped and loved the younger generation
so much passed away, I am a little saddened."
Bosco Wong Chung Chak said, "Huh? It's so sudden! I really
didn't know! We have contact, but not much. We haven't seen each other
in a long time. Normally we would exchange greeting in text message,
but she never said that she was ill. I really am in shock! When I was
at TVB, Sister Pui Wa would often give my advice. She had a good
relationship with my Mommy, maybe the older folks had more to talk about.
Normally they would talk over the phone."
Tsui Siu Ming said, "It's very regrettable. She and I began
working together at Golden Harvest. She was very enthusiastic and very
passionate about film. She helped many artists and directors. She was
a great assistant to (Leonard) Ho Koon Cheung. When she left Hong Kong
to start a restaurant business in Australia, I went to Emperor Motion
Pictures to become its CEO. When I left and everything was settled, I
invited Pui Wa to return to Hong Kong to help Mr. Yeung (Albert Yeung Sau
Sing). Originally I wanted to visit her this morning, but I read about
her passing in the group."
Ron Ng Cheuk Hei who started at TVB and recently made the switch
to film saw Chan Pui Wa as his benefactor. Currently working in Nanchang
he was heartbroken, earlier he just promised to see her when he would
return to Hong Kong. "She was always asking my manager, 'How is Cheuk
Hei?' Occasionally we would meet, but she couldn't wait for me to get
back!" He also said that Chan Pui Wa took great care of him and taught
him a lot about life. Raymond Lam Fung stated that it was as if he lost
a family member. "Sister Pui Wa to me was like family. She attentively
took care of each and every one of us artists not only at work, but
also taught me a lot of about life. I am very heartbroken about her
Hung Kam Bo was also saddened about Chan Pui Wa's passing. He
never thought that she would pass so soon. "From my first film as a
director THE IRON FISTED MONK (SAM DUK WOR SEUNG YU CHUNG MAI LOK) then
every movie after, almost all of the me Pui Wa produced for me. She was
always helping me!" He revealed that when he started his film company,
Chan Pui Wa arranged for all the employees. "I am very heartbroken! Yet
as soon as I think of Pui Wa, my memory would be her smile. I would
forever miss her!"