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This great star appeared in an Esther Eng film in 1941. Who was he?  ( SEE BELOW)

 

ESTHER ENG FILMOGRAPHY

 

YEAR of release

TITLE

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

1936

Heartaches (aka, Sum Hun)

[as producer only]

U.S.A.

1937

National Heroine

HONG KONG

1938

100,000 Lovers

HONG KONG

1938

Tragic Love (aka, Jealousy)

HONG KONG

1938

A Night of Romance, A Lifetime of Regret

HONG KONG

1939

It's  a Women's World

HONG KONG

1941

Golden Gate Girl

U.S.A.

1947

Blue Jade

U.S.A.

1948

Back Street                                                         (aka, Too Late for Springtime)

U.S.A.

1949

Mad Fire, Mad Love

U.S.A.

1961

Murder in New York Chinatown  (directing NY sequences only - main director: Wu Pang)

HONG KONG/U.S.A.

 

SEE BELOW

THE DIRECTOR/PRODUCER:  In 1935, at the age of 20, Esther rented a small studio (in "Sunset Boulevard" per one report) to realise her dream of making mainstream American movies starring Chinese actors.

In 1935, her father, Ng Yu-jat, a well-to-do merchant, enabled his daughter to produce her first film by setting up the Gwong Ngai (Bright Art) company of which she was a core member. She co-produced - though did not direct - the company's first film, Sum Hun (Heartaches), which premiered in the US in early 1936 before going on to Hong Kong in June. It starred the popular Cantonese opera actress, Wai Kim-fong, and was hailed as the "first Cantonese Singing-Talking Picture made in Hollywood".

    30 years before he became a martial arts' superstar: BRUCE LEE (centre) represented the heroine as baby in Ms. Eng's American film, Golden Gate Girl (1941)..

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