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Hong Kong Actor, Director Wu Ma Dies at 71

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Wu Ma on the set of “Cowherd and the Girl Weaver”

The star of "A Chinese Ghost Story" died of lung cancer in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong actor and director Wu Ma, best known for playing the bearded Daoist priest Yin Chek Hsia in the 1987 box-office hit A Chinese Ghost Story, has died of lung cancer, local media reported.

Wu was one of the most familiar faces in Hong Kong cinema, having featured in more than 180 movies. His wife said his health worsened about 10 months ago when the cancer spread.

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Born Feng Hongyuan in Tianjin in 1942, Wu started his career as an actor, joining Shaw Brothers in 1962. His first role with Shaw Brothers as an actor was in the 1964 film Lady General Hua Mulan, and he later made his directorial debut in 1970 with Wrath of the Sword. Over the course of his prolific career he directed 49 films and appeared in over 240.

He is survived by his wife and one daughter.