80s actor director Wu Ma dies at 71
WU MA, the China-born actor who was a familiar face in Hong Kong's Cantonese films of the 80s and who also directed movies ranging from comedies to gongfu and horror flicks, has died, reported Xinhua news agency.
He was 71 and died at dawn yesterday, it added.
The actor was suffering from lung cancer and, 10 months ago, the cancer cells spread, Xinhua quoted his wife as saying. He had been resting at home over the last few months, she added.
Among Wu Ma's numerous roles on both the small and big screen, he was perhaps best remembered for his role as the eccentric but compassionate ghostbuster Swordsman Yin in the 1987 horror hit, A Chinese Ghost Story, for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Horse Awards.
He starred in Shaw Brothers classics such as The Lady General Hua Mu Lan (1964) and director Chang Cheh's The Golden Swallow (1968).
Born Feng Hongyuan in Tianjin, China, he later broke into directing and in the 80s worked with Sammo Hung in various films, notably the ghost comedy The Dead And The Deadly (1982).