A memorial film festival dedicated to the late actor Ko Chun-hsiung (柯俊雄), one of the most iconic visages of Taiwanese cinema, will take place from Jan. 29 to 31 at the Taipei Zhongshan Hall.
Ko, who passed away last December at the age of 70, was equally memorable as a war hero as well as a widowed patriarch. Throughout his half-century acting career, he starred in over a hundred films and half a dozen television series, garnering three Golden Horse Awards for his stellar performances.
He was also one of the few actors who made the successful transition between Taiwanese Hokkien and Mandarin Chinese films, and high demand in 1965 led Ko to appear in over 20 movies screened that year.
He was well known and beloved for his gentlemanly roles in silverscreen adaptations of romance tales by novelist Chiung Yao (瓊瑤). He also starred in a series of war films centered on the Resistance Against Japan and the Chinese Civil War, including "Eight Hundred Heroes (八百壯士)” alongside actress Brigitte Lin (林青霞).
In the three-day memorial film festival organized by the Taiwan Film Institute, Ko will appear as a valiant general in "The Everlasting Glory (英烈千秋),” a barber in "From Home with Love (警告逃妻),” an overseas scholar in "Home, Sweet Home (家在台北),” and a military spy in "Storm Over the Yangtse River (揚子江風雲).”
He will also take on the role of antihero in "Victory (梅花),” a faithless husband in "The Silent Wife (啞女情深),” a widower in "The Bride Who Has Returned from Hell (地獄新娘),” an abandoned soldier in "A Home Too Far (異域),” and a good-for-nothing heartthrob in "Goodbye! Darling (再見阿郎),” the titular film of the festival.
Renowned film director Li Hsing (李行), who cast Ko as the male lead in "The Silent Wife,” will also hold a seminar after the Jan. 30 screening.
'Goodbye! Darling: Ko Chun-hsiung Memorial Film Festival'