Sihung Lung

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Sihung Lung
Chinese name
Pinyin Láng Xióng (Mandarin)
Born (1930-01-01)1 January 1930
Suqian, Jiangsu, China
Died 2 May 2002(2002-05-02) (aged 72)
Taipei, Taiwan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–2002
Awards
Golden Horse Awards
Best Actor
1991 Pushing Hands
Best Supporting Actor
1976 The Venturer
1993 The Wedding Banquet
Life Achievement Award
2002 Lifetime Achievement
Golden Bell Awards
Best Actor
1997
Other awards
Order of St. Sylvester, 1993
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Sihung Lung (Chinese: 郎雄; pinyin: Láng Xíong; Wade–Giles: Lang Hsiung; c. 1930 – May 2, 2002) was a Taiwanese movie and TV actor. He appeared in over 100 films and TV series throughout his career and was best known for playing paternal roles in films such as Eat Drink Man Woman and The Wedding Banquet. He frequently collaborated with award-winning director Ang Lee.

Life and career[edit]

Lung enlisted in Chiang Kai-shek's army as a teenager to fight the Chinese Communist Party. After they seized control of mainland China, he escaped to Taiwan, where he was selected to join an army-sponsored acting troupe. Acting later became his career. His experience playing an array of roles for the army troupe later led his being cast in over 100 Chinese-language films and in Taiwanese soap operas, typically playing criminals or tough guys.[1]

He had already retired from films when Ang Lee began casting for his first full-length film, 1992's Pushing Hands, and the director, who recalled watching Mr. Lung as a child, asked him to play a father in the film.[2] Lung's sensitive portrayal of an elderly man faced with change turned him into an international star and he became famous for playing fathers struggling with modernity and adult children in the movies known to some fans as the "Father Knows Best" trilogy.[3]

Death[edit]

By the time he appeared as "Sir Te", guardian of a mystical sword in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Lung's health had deteriorated due to diabetes. He died of liver failure in 2002 at the age of 72.[4]

Select filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
2002 The Touch
2002 Double Vision
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sir Te
1997 The Opium War He Jingrong
1996 Tonight Nobody Goes Home
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman Chu
1993 The Wedding Banquet Mr. Gao
1992 Pushing Hands Mr. Chu

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thurber, John (14 May 2002). "Sihung Lung, 72; Starred in Ang Lee Films". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sihung Lung". The Independent. 15 May 2002. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sihung Lung, 72, Film Actor Who Starred for Ang Lee". New York Times. 25 May 2002. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Yu, Sen-lun (3 May 2002). "Movie fans' favorite father figure dies". Taipei Times. p. 2. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 

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