HK stars mourn producer Jimmy Heung -- who helped shoot them to fame

27 November 2014 / 1 year 11 months ago

Hong Kong producer Jimmy Heung, who introduced countless stars to Chinese showbiz, including Steven Chow, died in Beijing of esophageal cancer on Nov 20, reports Hong Kong media. He was 64.

Heung"s wife, Duanmu Yingzi, confirmed the news yesterday, reports Sina and Hktopten.

"I was prepared, and I accept it. Ever since he was diagnosed, he's said to me 'I am leaving a step ahead of you. I have no regrets so it's not a big deal, but my only worry is that no one will be there to take care of you,'" she said.

"I told him not to worry and that I would take good care of myself. He has gone to a place with no more pain, and I accept that."

Heung complained of discomfort in his throat in early May and was diagnosed with late stage esophageal cancer shortly afterwards. He refused chemotherapy and sought a cure in other ways.

Despite his efforts, his condition worsened in early September and Heung was hospitalized in Beijing, reportedly in a coma.

Alongside his brother, renowned film producer Charles Heung, Jimmy Heung was often hailed as one of Hong Kong's most successful minds in showbiz.

In the 1980s, The Heung brothers founded Win's Entertainment Ltd., the predecessor of a major production company, China Star Entertainment.

Steven Chow was just one of the stars he introduced to the world. Chow's films Flirting Scholar (1993), Fight Back to School (1991) and Hail the Judge (1994), which all performed great at the box office, solidified not only his status in showbiz but also that of Heung's.

Sharla Cheung, who dated Heung for a brief period of time, was also the protagonist in many of the films Heung produced, the most famous of them being God of Gamblers (1989), where she starred alongside superstar Chow Yun-fat.

Heung made his directorial debut with the 1989 film, Casino Raiders, which he co-directed alongside Wong Jing, with his brother Charles in a supporting role. The film was followed by a sequel, Casino Raiders 2, which was produced by Heung and directed by Johnnie To.

Family members are handling the necessary paperwork at the moment and funeral and memorial service will be held in Hong Kong soon, said Heung's wife.

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