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Presidential citation to honor late actor Wang Chueh

2015/04/16 20:53:26

Taipei, April 16 (CNA) A presidential citation will be awarded posthumously to late Taiwanese actor Wang Chueh (王玨) in recognition of his contributions to Taiwan's movie scene.

The citation, which was approved by the Executive Yuan on Thursday, will be presented to Wang’s family in June during a memorial service for the actor, who died of heart failure in Taipei in March at the age of 96, the Ministry of Culture said Thursday.

Born in 1918 in northeast China, Wang was an actor, producer and director whose career in film and drama spanned over seven decades.

He joined the China Film Studio in 1938 and made his first film“Defending Our Homeland”(保家鄉) in Chongqing the following year.

After the Nationalist government moved to Taiwan in 1949, Wang convinced his colleagues at the China Film Studio to ship the studio’s equipment from China to Taiwan, which laid the groundwork for early Taiwanese cinema.

In 1958, the actor, also known as George Wang or Wang Jie, traveled to Italy to film the Italian-French drama“The Dam on the Yellow River.”He subsequently stayed in Italy, where he participated in dozens of films including“55 Days at Peking.”

In 1981, he won the Best Supporting Actor award at the Golden Horse Awards for his role in“The Coldest Winter in Peking”(皇天后土).

In 2009, he was honored with the Special Contribution Award at the Golden Horse Awards and remarked that“film is my job and my life” during his acceptance speech.

A memorial service and retrospective of the actor’s films will be held in June to commemorate the actor, according to the Ministry of Culture.

Presidential citations are awarded to citizens of Taiwan who have made extraordinary contributions to the country. Past recipients include the late singer Fong Fei-fei (鳳飛飛), the late musician Lee Tai-hsiang (李泰祥) and the late poet Chou Meng-tieh (周夢蝶).

(By Christie Chen)
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