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侯曜
Hou Yao  ♂
Aliases:  Hau Yiu,  Y. Hou
Born: 1903
 
Filmography (1926-1940)
 
  Producer (1 film)
    The Goddess (1940)    
  Story (2 films)
    The Pearl Necklace (1926)    
    Incident in the Pacific (1938)    
  Director (18 films)
    Way Down West (1927)    
    The Fool Pays Respects (1933)    
    Incident in the Turtle Mountain (1936)    
    Romance of the Pearl River (1937)    
    The Desert Flower (1937)    
    Shaking Heaven and Earth (1938)    
    The Second Marriage of Madam Chow (1938)    
    Fortress of Flesh and Blood (1938)    
    Chamber of Powder and Rouge (1938)    
    Fallen Angel (1938)    
    The Wrong Couple (1938)    
    The Purple Cups (1938)    
    Incident in the Pacific (1938)    
    Daughter Vs. Stepmother (1939)    
    The Filial Son and the Unworthy Mother (1939)    
    Master Jiang (1939)    
    The Ugly Empress (1939)    
    The Chinese Tarzan (1940)    
  Actor (3 films)
    Fortress of Flesh and Blood (1938)    
    Incident in the Pacific (1938) ... Mr Yee Kon
    The Goddess (1940) ... Emperor Miu Chong
  Writer (15 films)
    The Pearl Necklace (1926)    
    Incident in the Turtle Mountain (1936)    
    Romance of the Pearl River (1937)    
    The Desert Flower (1937)    
    Fallen Angel (1938)    
    Fortress of Flesh and Blood (1938)    
    Shaking Heaven and Earth (1938)    
    The Purple Cups (1938)    
    Incident in the Pacific (1938)    
    The Ideal Fiancee (1938)    
    Daughter Vs. Stepmother (1939)    
    The Filial Son and the Unworthy Mother (1939)    
    Master Jiang (1939)    
    The Ugly Empress (1939)    
    The Chinese Tarzan (1940)    
 
 
Biography
 
  Beheaded by the Japanese in Singapore.
Hou Yao was one of the most unique and versatile film artists in Chinese and Hong Kong early cinema history. His works blended local traditions with Western romanticism.
Hou started his career as a playwright before going into film in the 1920s, and he briefly left the film world to be a secret operative against the Japanese invaders. He moved to Hong Kong in the 1930s and began directing Cantonese-language films, including anti-Japanese films, military propaganda and popular folklore dramas. He also made Malay-language films in Singapore and Malaysia.
Unfortunately, he was killed by the Japanese military when it invaded Singapore. (HKFA press release)