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    Thursday, Aug 26, 2010 7:35PM / Standard Entry / Members only

    Just learned with great pain that my friend Colette Koo 顧美玲 passed away. She was only 50…

    She started in the film business in the mid-80’s in Hong Kong at Shaw Brothers as an art director (“The Siamese Twins”) and as an actress as well in “My Name Ain’t Suzie” directed by Angela Chan and starring Pat Ha & Anthony Wong; a movie where she was also costume designer.  

    Colette Koo & Anthony Wong in "My Name Ain't Suzie" (1985)

    Colette Koo & Pat Ha in "My Name Ain't Suzie" (1985)

    She worked in the 80’s and the 90’s both in Hong Kong (Phillip Chan’s “Night Caller”, Yau-Tai On-Ping’s “Tong Chee Yi Li Nan”, David Lam’s “Woman Prison”) and Hollywood (Bernardo Bertolucci ‘s “The Last Emperor”, Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of The Sun” etc.).

    Colette Koo in "Women Prison" (1988)

    Colette Koo & Pat Ha in "Women Prison" (1988)

    Colette Koo & Liu Fan in "Women Prison" (1988)

    In the 2000’s she mostly played in indie or Hong Kong arthouse movies like Carol Lai’s “Glass Tears” (2001), Yau Ching’s “Let’s Love Hong Kong” (2002) and Vincent Chui’s “Fear of Intimacy” (2005).

    Colette Koo (Hong Kong 2004) + Colette in "Let's Love Hong Kong" (2002)

    Meanwhile, she started her own production company, Hippopotamus Films and produced the short movie “Taped” (2004) starring Maggie Q and directed by her long-time partner and friend Antony Szeto.

    Colette with the independent filmmakers of the I Shot Hong Kong campaign (to help promote independent filmmaking in Hong Kong) - http://tinyurl.com/2bj8shh

    She then produced her first feature (Jackie Chan presents) “Wushu”, also directed by Antony Szeto and starring Sammo Hung and newcomers Wang Wen-jie and Liu Feng-chao. You can hear Colette translating them in the following video shot in 2008 during the Cannes Film Festival.

    Colette Koo & Antony Szeto (Cannes - May 2008)

    She was also the manager of the Drop night club based in Lan Kwai Fong, and the co-founder of the restaurant F.I.N.D.S.

    I had the chance to have her for two short documentaries that I directed, “Inside Ho Yuk” and “The 7th Art of Wong Fei-hung”, both released in France In 2006.

    R.I.P. Colette. You’ll be missed…

    Colette Koo (Hong Kong, March 2010)

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  • siu lum fighter
    posted on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 8:24AM [Report]
    Wow, that's a huge downer.
  • skytao
    Official artist 
    posted on Friday, Aug 27, 2010 7:34AM [Report]
    oh my god.... i dont fucking believe what i am seeing
  • JoanneSanderson
    posted on Friday, Aug 27, 2010 2:23AM [Report]
    Such a young age to leave this world at. I remember her in the prison film now I see her, I'm so sorry for your loss.
  • Flagday
    posted on Thursday, Aug 26, 2010 9:38PM [Report]
    Condolences to you and her other friends and family.  50 years old is too young to die.  Just ain't right.  RIP.

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