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(Josephine Shao, Siew, Xiao, Siao, Fong Fong, Fung Fung, Fang Fang. The same name but spelled differently.)
I had often seen 60s Hong Kong movies which starred Siew Fong Fong and it didn't matter then whether I understood the language or dialect that the script was in. She was a joy to watch and what attracted me then was her pretty face and her ability to entertain her audience with her Jane Bond kiss-bang, wuxia chops, sword-wielding choreography, and hippy-hippy-shake dancing.
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I remember the classic Mandarin song sung by her 世上只有妈妈好。 It was my fav mandarin song when I was a child
Hi, Andy she and co-star Connie Chan Po Chu were my favourite actresses till today. Yes, she sings well in English with excellent diction. She has hearing difficulties. Like her, I have hearing difficulties too. Often unable to hear things properly except music.
Used to watch Josephine Shai Fong Fong And Chan Poh Chu’s Cantonese movies with my wife at Metropole, Jubilee and Marlborough theatres in the 50s and 60s. Agreed with you she can sing in Cantonese as well as English. She is a good actress too like her role with Jet Lee in an action movie. Sad she’s hard on hearing
Thank you all who LIKE this post about our lovely lady. And to Angela, Michael and Stephen appreciate your comments about SFF. I'm learning so much about the Chinese singers from FB friends like you. All comments will be posted below the blog story permanently. Appreciate.
Hi Andy as I have always said, when you have real talents, you have the ability to overcome many odds and do incredible things many often think not possible. Fong Fong is one of those truly talented.
People who didn't know Fong Fong, but just watch her movies or singing wouldn't have known that she had hearing problems. Despite her hearing handicap, she was still able to be a successful and accomplished actress and singer. This is the real difference between a truly talented and the average ones, the ability to overcome incredible odds. Cheerio.
Thanks again, Michael.
The comments you make opens a whole new world to readers who are not familiar with 50s music, especially ones from HongKong and the mainland.
I remember the Hong Kong music scene as I watched “Enjoy Yourself Tonight produced by Robert Chua. I used to purchase LPS by Kong Ling and The Fabulous Echoes from Kwang Sia Record Shop. I also watch Cantonese movies of Chan Poh Chu, Nancy Sit, and Shu Fong Foong. Sometimes these stars appeared live in theatres. The Ku Mei concert at Gay World was good but it attracted only a handful of the crowd.
Again thank you, Stephen. It's taking us all back to the late 50s and early 60s. Your vivid and detailed description of the crowd, stars and record shop show your first-hand knowledge of the activities then.
Yes, Stephen, those were the days, Enjoy Yourself Tonight, Kwang Sia Record Shop and those Cantonese movies especially of Chan Poh Chu and Shu Fong Fong. These two were my heartthrobs. One other was Ivy Lim Po. Cheerio.