|courtesy of mingpao.com|
Playing the country noble Master Yam in the classic film MR. VAMPIRE (GEUNG SI SIN SUN), actor Wong Ha (originally named Wong King Yeung) was rumored to have passed away on the 27th at age 76 at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
According to person of culture Pang Chi Ming's facebook post yesterday, "My good elder, Wong Ha (originally named Wong King Yeung) passed away last night. Brother Ha was a famous Hong Kong stunt coordinator, actor, director, best known for his performance in MR. VAMPIRE. Brother Ha was a disciple of Lau Ka Leung's father Lau Cham. He joined the film industry as a stunt person in the 60s, a key member of Lau's stunt crew; later he worked as stunt coordinator and was known for his hardcore kung fu designs. By the late 80s he had more on screen performance. After the turn of the millennium he retired. Last night after 11 PM he passed away at the Princess Margaret Hospital at age 76."
Wong Ha in the 1960s joined the film industry as a stunt person and was a member of Lau Ka Leung's and Sammo Hung Kam Bo's stunt teams. He was active in the 70s and the 80s and performed in many wuxia films, horror films and action films like MR. VAMPIRE, THE MIRACLE FIGHTERS (KEI MOON DUN GAP) and CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE SPOOKY KIND (GWAI DA GWAI). He was also a famous stunt coordinator who worked on as many as 100 films. Wong Ha reportedly was hospitalized for a stroke in 2019. After his condition improved he was transferred to a nursing home for recovery and once lost contact. Fortunately Pang Chi Ming and members of the Lau Ka Leung stunt team kept searching and finally was able to get in touch with Wong Ha. At the time due to knee issues he required a wheelchair.