Between 1940 and 1970, a large number of Cantonese opera artists, as well as some Peking opera artists, entered the Cantonese film industry in Hong Kong. In a phenomenon unique to Hong Kong cinema, these stars of the stage also became immediate stars of the silver screen.

In this talk, Professor Li Siu-leung from Lingnan University looks at this historical phenomenon and explores some of the hundreds of films made during these decades, including costume Cantonese opera films and contemporary drama with or without Cantonese operatic singing. As no moving image recordings of stage performances from the 1950s and 1960s exist in modern archives, these films also provide an important historical resource, offering insight into the work of some of the most renowned stars of the era.

6 January 2019 (Sunday)

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre

Prof Li Siu-leung


Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.


Ms Leung (852) 2200 0872,

Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
The talk will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force at/after 11:00am on the day of the event.

About Speaker:

Prof Li Siu-leung

Currently Adjunct Professor of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Prof Li Siu-leung was previously Head of Lingnan’s Cultural Studies, Dean and Professor of the School of Chinese Opera at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Adjunct Professor in the Music Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Having published works on Chinese opera and gender, Hong Kong film and pop culture, as well as comparative literature, Prof Li has served on various government and professional committees, including the Cantonese Opera Development Fund Advisory Committee, the Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee, the Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, the Ko Shan Theatre Cantonese Opera Education and Information Centre Work Group, the Chinese Traditional Performing Arts Panel of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and Barwo’s Supervisory Committee for the Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme.

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