Director of “Echoes of the Rainbow” from Hong Kong, Alex Law, dies at age 69
One of Hong Kong’s most famous directors, Alex Law, passed away on Saturday. He was 69. With Mabel Cheung, his life companion and longtime filmmaking collaborator, by his side, Law (also known as Law Kai-yui) passed away in a hospital. There was no mention of the reason for death.
Alex Law Wiki, Age, Biography
The 1997 historical biopic “The Soong Sisters,” which is Cheung’s best-known picture, was written and produced by Law. She also wrote “An Autumn’s Tale.” Law, who was born in 1952, earned a degree in comparative literature and Chinese and English studies from the University of Hong Kong in 1976. While pursuing a master’s degree in New York, he met Cheung.
Law and Cheung conducted a good deal of their research for “The Soong Sisters,” which was about a powerful family that is now politically awkward, in New York. The revolutionary founder of modern China, Sun Yat-sen, was married to one of the daughters. Another married Chiang Kai-shek, who presided over China during World War II but later turned against the Communist Party and established the Republic of China in Taiwan. Law previously told Variety that many of the family’s records, as well as their impact on Chinese affairs throughout the 20th century, could no longer be found in China but were instead kept in the United States.
Tributes paid to Alex Law:
News of Law’s passing spread throughout Hong Kong society.
“Alex is a major role in the growth of the local film industry,” stated Wilfred Wong Ying-wai, the head of the Hong Kong Film Development Council. He has achieved a great deal in his career as a distinguished Hong Kong film director. He had made a significant impact on the regional film industry as well. He served as an FDC member from 2013 to 2015. (..) Alex’s zeal for supporting the activities started by the FDC really gets my attention. In order to impart his great directing expertise and experiences to the next generation, he joined the Directors’ Succession Scheme. He also assisted in evaluating the First Feature Film Initiative’s and the Scriptwriting Incubation Program’s efforts to find new directors and screenwriters. He will be sorely missed, and his departure is a tremendous loss for the regional film industry.”
Secretary for Culture, Sports, and Tourism for Hong Kong, Kevin Yeung, stated: “Alex has been making a lot of contributions to the local cinema industry and developed a lot of classic popular films that are rich in cultural ambiance. In addition to these accomplishments personally, Alex has been active in advancing the growth of the Hong Kong film industry through a number of government programmes. I want to send his family and friends my sincere sympathies.