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It has been reported that he passed away in Vancouver, on the 20th of this month.

Perhaps this link (in Chinese) offers more details? 

https://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2549729

He was always such a wonderful actor. 'Come Drink With Me' was one of the first Shaws I saw, and he'd left an impression on me ever since. 

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RIP Yeuh Hua.

Saw this on FB moments ago.

He was in my tops of all kung fu movie stars.

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岳華
Yueh Hua  ♂
 
Aliases:  Yo Hua,  Ngok Wah,  Yue Hua,  Elly,  Yuen Hua,  Yuei Hwa,  Elliot ,  Liang Le-Hua,  Ngok Wa,  Yao Hua,  Yueh Hwa,  Elliot Yue,  Yues Hua,  Hwa Yuen,  Elly Leung,  Leung Lok-Wah,  Yeun Hua
Born: July 13th, 1942
 
 
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Filmography (1964-2016)
 
  Actor (138 films)
    The Warlord and the Actress (1964) ... Rebel  
    The Dancing Millionairess (1964) ... Dancer  
    The Lark (1965) ... Charity concert dancer  
    Princess Iron Fan (1966) ... Sun Wu-Kung, Monkey King  
    Come Drink with Me (1966) ... Fan Dapei / Drunken Knight  
    The Monkey Goes West (1966) ... Monkey King Su Wu Kong  
    Hong Kong Nocturne (1967) ... Mr Pan  
    The Sword and the Lute (1967) ... Shen Shu-Wen  
    Trapeze Girl (1967) ... Lou Tian-Xing  
    Sweet Is Revenge (1967) ... Xiao Pao  
    Blue Skies (1967) ... Member of musical troupe  
    Swan Song (1967) ... Dancer [guest star]  
    Death Valley (1968) ... Chiu Yu-Lung  
    Killer Darts (1968) ... Liu Yu-Long  
    Mist Over Dream Lake (1968) ... Yu Ya Na  
    Black Butterfly (1968) ... Liu Xi Lang  
    Dragon Swamp (1969) ... Roaming Knight Xi Zheng Yuan  
    Vengeance Is a Golden Blade (1969) ... Liu Qing-Song  
    Raw Courage (1969) ... Chou Fei Yun  
    Brothers Five (1970) ... Valet Kao Wei  
    The Twelve Gold Medallions (1970) ... Wavering Sword Miao Lung  
    Lady of Steel (1970) ... Qin Shang Yi  
    The Shadow Whip (1971) ... Wang Jianxin  
    Village of Tigers (1971) ... Luo Hong-Xun  
    The Long Chase (1971)    
    Vengeance of a Snowgirl (1971) ... Kao Tien-Ying  
    The Drinking Knight (1971) ... Drinking Knight  
    The 14 Amazons (1972) ... Lu Chao  
    Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972) ... Chief Constable Ji De  
    The Lizard (1972) ... Cheng Long / Brother Dumb  
    Trilogy of Swordsmanship (1972) ... 1) Master Kuang  
    The Two Faces of Love (1972)    
    The Water Margin (1972) ... Leopard Man, Lin Chong  
    Pursuit (1972) ... Instructor Lin Chong  
    The Young Avenger (1972) ... Chen Shi Lun  
    The Casino (1972) ... Luo Tianguang  
    The Yellow Muffler (1972) ... Dancer  
    The Iron Bodyguard (1973) ... Tan Si-Tong  
    The House of 72 Tenants (1973) ... Fat Chai  
    Facets of Love (1973) ... Emperor Zheng-De  
    All Men Are Brothers (1973) ... Lin Chong [cameo]  
    Illicit Desire (1973) ... 1) Hsiao I  
    Payment in Blood (1973) ... Fang Chih Kien  
    The Villains (1973) ... Fang Zheng  
    Bruce Lee, the Man and the Legend (1973) ... [Himself]  
    Hong Kong 73 (1974) ... Chan Yau Fook  
    Sex, Love and Hate (1974) ... Lu Jun  
    Sorrow of the Gentry (1974) ... Chen Bo Wen  
    Virgins of the Seven Seas (1974) ... Ko Pao  
    That's Adultery! (1975) ... 3) Cui Ming  
    Mutiny on the High Sea (1975)    
    The Big Holdup (1975) ... Li Guochao  
    Lover's Destiny (1975) ... Professor Yu  
    Black Magic (1975) ... Mr Wang  
    Supermen Against the Amazons (1975)    
    My Bewitched Wife (1975)    
    Temperament of Life (1975) ... Policeman  
    Shaolin Temple (1976) ... Li Se Kai  
    Killer Clans (1976) ... Lu Hsiang Chuan  
    Beautiful Vixen (1976) ... William Chang Wei-Lian  
    The Criminals (1976) ... 3) Yue Hua  
    The Last Tempest (1976) ... Tan Si Tong  
    Love Swindler (1976) ... 4) Wang Juan Shung  
    Super Dragon (1976)    
    The Fierce Fist (1976) ... Sher Lee Chan  
    The Web of Death (1976) ... Fei Ying Xiang  
    The Drug Connection (1976) ... Deng Weipin  
    Wedding Nights (1976)    
    Erotic Nights (1976)    
    The Dream of the Red Chamber (1977) ... Official Jia Zheng  
    The Face Behind the Mask (1977) ... Hsiao Meng-Fei  
    The Green Dragon Inn (1977)    
    The Greatest Plot (1977) ... Emperor Yung Zhen  
    Clans of Intrigue (1977) ... Monk Wu Hua/Yi Feng  
    Moods of Love (1977) ... Master Yu-Tong  
    Death Duel (1977) ... 'Tu Lang Chun' Chou Yu Feng  
    The Adventures of Emperor Chien Lung (1977) ... Prince Yong  
    5 Kung Fu Daredevil Heroes (1977)    
    The Chivalry, the Gunman and Killer (1977) ... Young Master Ling  
    The Invincible Swordswoman (1977)    
    The Sentimental Swordsman (1977) ... Long Xiao Yun  
    Jade Tiger (1977) ... Tang Ao  
    Lady Exterminator (1977) ... Geng Weiping  
    The Master and the Kid (1978) ... Nan Kung Sao  
    The 18 Bronze Girls of Shaolin (1978)    
    Filthy Guy (1978)    
    The Red Phoenix (1978)    
    The Vengeful Beauty (1978) ... Wang Jun  
    Clan of Amazons (1978) ... Hua Manlou  
    The Adventure of the ''Heaven Mouse'' (1978)    
    The Voyage of Emperor Chien Lung (1978) ... Zheng Xie-Qiao  
    Legend of the Bat (1978) ... Lee Yuk Hom  
    The Unique Lama (1978)    
    Eagle's Claw and Butterfly Palm (1978) ... Mao Hsin Ku  
    The Souls of the Sword (1978)    
    Kung Fu Girls (1978)    
    The Murder of Murders (1978)    
    Lung Wei Village (1978) ... Hao Yanbang  
    My Blade, My Life (1978) ... King of Yin Yang  
    The Dream Sword (1979) ... Swordsman Li  
    In the Beginning (1979)    
    The Deadly Confrontation (1979)    
    Return of the Dead (1979) ... Jiang Tao  
    A Pretended Rebel (1979) ... Japanese  
    The Idiot Swordsman (1979)    
    Art of War by Sun Tzu (1979)    
    Full Moon Scimitar (1979) ... 3rd Master Xie Xiao Feng  
    The Ghost Story (1979) ... Wang Chun  
    A Deadly Secret (1980) ... Magistrate Ling Tui Si  
    Monkey Fist, Floating Snake (1980)    
    Heroes Shed No Tears (1980) ... Hsiao Lei Hsueh  
    Bruce Tuan's 7 Promises (1980)    
    Six Directions of Boxing (1980)    
    The Duel of the Century (1981) ... Shimen Chuei Shiue  
    Return of the Sentimental Swordsman (1981) ... Guo Songyang  
    The Imp (1981) ... Master Chiu  
    Black Lizard (1981) ... Security Chief Xiao Lik  
    Crippled Kung Fu Boxer (1981)    
    Mahjong Heroes (1981) ... Kwok Chu  
    Coolie Killer (1982) ... Chung  
    The Spirit of the Sword (1982) ... Purple Robe Duke  
    Hell Has No Boundary (1982) ... Inspector Wong  
    The Enchantress (1983) ... Master Purple Robe  
    On the Wrong Track (1983) ... Paul and De's father  
    The Siamese Twins (1984) ... Mr Kei  
    Love Bittersweet (1984)    
    Fascinating Affairs (1985) ... Inspector  
    In the Line of Duty III (1988) ... Yamamoto  
    Just Heroes (1989)    
    Princess Madam (1989)    
    Never Ending Summer (1992) ... Balloon seller  
    Rumble in the Bronx (1995) ... Wah  
    Faithfully Yours (1995)    
    Migratory Bird (2001)    
    Wo Hu (2006) ... Boss Tong Chun  
    Confession of Pain (2006) ... Chow Yuen Sing  
    Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (2008) ... Liu Bei  
    Trivisa (2016) ... Ho Yu-Kei  
 
  Writer (1 film)
    Snuff Bottle (1988)    
 
 
 
Biography
 
  Although his family is from Canton, Yueh Hua was born in Shanghai under the name of Liang Le-Hua. After training at the Shanghai Music Institute, he came to Hong Kong in 1962. A year later he entered the Shaw Brothers acting class after a stint with the Nan Guo experimental film group. And in 1966 was contracted with Shaw Brothers at a time when actresses were more popular than actors. Finding work was difficult. Yet Yueh found luck. He was cast opposite the soon to be crowned "Queen of Kung-fu films", Cheng Pei-pei, in first Princess Iron Fan (1966) then in Come Drink With Me (1966), considered by many to be the precursor for all swordswomen films to come and King Hu's most influential directed film done at Shaw Brothers. Yueh's characeter from Come Drink With Me is still considered classic. Before appearing on camera he would get into character by drinking two bottles of Chinese wine.

During the 1960's and 1970's he averaged five films per year and with all the Shaw's main leading actresses in mostly classic martial art films such as Chin Ping's Killer Darts (1968), Cheng Pei-pei's Lady of Steel (1969) and The Shadow Whip (1970), and Taiwan's kung-fu queen Shih Szu's The Young Avenger (1972) and The Villains (1973). He topped off his career with a final appearance in Jackie Chan's Rumble in the Bronx (1995).

A film career that spanned more than 30 years, he was in over 90 films. Yueh and his wife eventually Tanny Tien Ni moved to Canada. His peers and fans have labelled him "Mr. Nice Guy: and lately he became the chairman of the Association of Performing Artists in Canada.

 

- adapted from Celestial Pictures' biography from the Come Drink With Me DVD

 

 

 

GD Y-Y

Edited by GOLDEN DRAGON YIN-YANG

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Such sad news !!

He was the first Shaws' actors I saw when I was young, in Twelve gold medallions, and he became one of my favourite actors since then.

All our favourite Shaws' actors and actresses are slowly leaving us with only their movies to remember of them...very sad period...

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Wow rest in power! I was just looking through his stuff the other day, and strange how he passed on so suddenly. My all time favorite from him will always be The Master and The Kid. Thanks for films!

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I'm very upset to hear this, was just recently thinking if he had always played a good character throughout his whole career when it turns out he had his fair share of being the villain. A very skilful and charismatic actor who also possessed great flexibility on the set. RIP Yueh Hua!

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13 hours ago, ShawAngela said:

Such sad news !!

He was the first Shaws' actors I saw when I was young, in Twelve gold medallions, and he became one of my favourite actors since then.

All our favourite Shaws' actors and actresses are slowly leaving us with only their movies to remember of them...very sad period...

I can't believe he is gone, and what an impressive filmography!

RIP Yueh Hua. A name that will forever be central to the Shaw catalogue. Thank you for the legacy you have left to us all.

Talk about co-incidence, Twelve Gold Medallions (1970) was the first film I saw in which he starred too!

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It seems that Yuehh Hua also sang the songs of the movie Come drink with me, since I found the front and back cover of a LP in which he sings. Another complet artist, since he began with dancing in some of his earlier Shaws' movies.

 

 

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I'm so sad to hear about Yueh Hua's death, my condolences to his wife, family and friends. His acting always convinced me, he was dashing as young heroic swordsman, very likeable in "contemporary" roles, devious yet charismatic as villain; he had a way to upvalue every secondary role he played. CLANS OF INTRIGUE was the first movie I saw him in, a very memorable role. He quickly became one of my favorites, I saw most of his for-me-relevant Shaw movies but there are still a lot non Shaws to discover. 

Rest in Peace, Sir. Thank you for many wonderful movies. 

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R.I.P.

There was a nice interview with him on the recent 88 Films blu-ray release of The Vengeful Beauty. I couldn't believe how he didn't look like he had aged a day since the Shaws era. I hope there is some more of that interview footage that 88 would consider releasing someday. 

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I GOT THE LP !!

He was a good singer too !!

 

And here's a clip of him singing one of the songs from the movie Come drink with me.

 

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10 hours ago, ShawAngela said:

And a clip showing his funeral.

Chang Yi, Yuen Wah (if I'm not mistaken, with a beard), Ko Hung are here.

Yep, that's Yuen Wah. Ko Hung looks like he's barely aged.

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