The Kwan Family – Theatre Owners and Movie Producers

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York Lo: The Kwan Family – Theatre Owners and Movie Producers From the 1930s to the 1970s, the families of Kuan Ka-pak and his brother Kuan Ka-yue (the next generation used the English spelling of Kwan instead for their surname) played an important role in the HK movie industry as the owners/operators of at least a dozen movie theaters known […]

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The Cheung family and the New York/Great World chain of cinemas

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York Lo: The Cheung family and the New York/Great World chain of cinemas Left: article about William Cheung’s donating $1000 to scholarships with pictures of Cheung Kon-fong (top) and William Cheung (bottom). (WKYP, 1964-2-15); Right: New York Theatre in 1958 One of the major chains of movie theaters in HK during the 1950s and 1960s was the “New York/Great World” […]

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Lee Wui-tao (李會桃): Textbook and Tabloid Publisher and Movie Producer

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York Lo: Lee Wui-tao (李會桃): Textbook and Tabloid Publisher and Movie Producer In the 1950s to 1970s, Lee Wui-tao was a major figure in the entertainment, education and publishing industries as the owner of the Tao Yuen organization, which included a leading textbook publisher (HK Cultural Service), a leading movie studio (Tao Yuen, ran by his wife and known for […]

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Ng Lian-chin (黃連振, 1922-2015) and Life Records (麗風唱片)

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York Lo: Ng Lian-chin (黃連振, 1922-2015) and Life Records (麗風唱片) Left: logo of Life Records; Right: Ng Lian-chin with young Teresa Teng Southeast Asia, particularly the Chinese diaspora in the region,has always been an important market for many HK products including music records. In the 1960s and 1970s, a Malaysian Chinese entrepreneur by the name of Ng Lian-chin was a […]

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Wo Shing Company (和聲唱片): Leading Record Label from the 1930s to 1960s

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York Lo: Wo Shing Company (和聲唱片): Leading Record Label from the 1930s to 1960s Left: Robert Kotewall in 1941 (Harrison Forman Collection); Right: Wo Shing’s posthumousalbum for Siu Ming Sing after the War (review33) From the 1930s to the 1960s, Wo Shing Co Ltd was a leading local record label in Hong Kong and the firm was also responsible for […]

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Yau Luen Investment Co (友聯置業) and its Directors Henry Hsu and Lui Tak-wah

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York Lo: Yau Luen Investment Co (友聯置業) and its Directors Henry Hsu and Lui Tak-wah Incorporated in 1960 and dissolved in 1977, Yau Luen Investment was a property developer in the 1960s which built at least 5 buildings in HK and Kowloon. Although the firm, which operated out of Room 1011 and later Room 1115 in Central Building in Central […]

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Tsang Fook Piano (曾福琴行): A Century of Music in Hong Kong

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York Lo: Tsang Fook Piano (曾福琴行): A Century of Music in Hong Kong HF: York suggested that since the 105 year old firm has just announced its closure in March, maybe we could move the planned posting date of this article forward. Happy to oblige. Left: Front page ad for Tsang Fook Piano’s 50th anniversary and opening of North Point […]

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King of Entertainment: Wong Kow (黃球) and his Mayflower (五月花) group of restaurants and nightclubs

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York Lo: King of Entertainment: Wong Kow (黃球) and his Mayflower (五月花) group of restaurants and nightclubs Left: Wong Kow; Right: Matchbox for the Mayflower Restaurant group in the 1960s which list the phone numbers for all four of its restaurants and Oriental Ballroom. Wong Kow (1921-2017) was a major figure in the HK restaurant and entertainment industry in the […]

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Phonographs, Gramophones and Record Companies in Hong Kong

HF: Can anyone provide further information about these aspects of the music industry in Hong Kong? I am especially interested in the history of record companies in Hong Kong HF: Chunny Bhamra lived on Lamma Island, Hong Kong for many years but moved to Melbourne, Australia with his family in about 2016. Chunny Bhamra: Gramophones and Phonographs were never really made […]

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Filmo Depot (菲林模影機)

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York Lo: Filmo Depot (菲林模影機) Left: Filmo Depot’s ad for Filmo 8 in 1939 (China Journal, December 1939); Center: article announcing the re-opening of Filmo Depot after the War in 1947 (HK Sunday Herald, 1947-9-21) Right: Filmo Depot’s ad for its Corrascope films in 1960 (Pacific Island Monthly, May 1960) From the 1930s to the 1970s, Filmo Depot was one […]

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