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Hong Kong remembers bisexual movie star Leslie Cheung 10 years after his death

Hong Kong remembers bisexual movie star Leslie Cheung 10 years after his death

Thousands of people have attended a series of events to remember the life and career of Hong Kong movie legend Leslie Cheung on the tenth anniversary of his death.

Many are making pilgrimages to places in Hong Kong where the star’s movies and music videos were shot while a series of film screenings, concerts and exhibitions is being held across the city this month to honor the performer’s legacy.

‘The Art of Leslie Cheung’s Movie Images’ exhibition is being held at the Hong Kong Central Library from April 2-8 while an exhibition exploring his musical career is being shown until April 7.

Yesterday a concert with performances by around 20 Hong Kong music stars was held to honor Cheung, while another, the 2013 Love Journey Leslie Cheung 10th Anniversary Commemorative Concert, is being held at the Hong Kong Cultural Center today.

Cheung reached an international audience when the film Farewell My Concubine won Best Picture at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival – the first and only Chinese language film to do so.

In the film Cheung played a Beijing opera singer who performs female roles who falls in love with an actor who performs male roles.

He also won acclaim for his role in the Wong Kar-Wai directed film Happy Together in another gay role in 1997.

Cheung did not discuss his sexuality during the first half of his career but became more candid during the mid 1990’s where he came out as bisexual and acknowledged his long term partner Daffy Tong Hok-Tak.

Cheung leaped from the 24th floor of Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel on April 1 in 2003 at age 43 while being treated for severe clinical depression.

The couple had been together for twenty years at the time of his death.

Tens of thousands of people attended a public memorial service in Hong Kong in 2003 despite public health warnings around the then Asian SARS outbreak six days after his death.