Kong Wah Looks Unrecognizable After Dramatic Weight Loss

By on June 30, 2014 in NEWS

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Kong Wah (江華) has been off the public’s radar since 2009, but his recent gaunt look put the 51-year-old back onto newspaper headlines this week with many concerned about his state of health.

Although the veteran actor has always maintained a slim and fit physique, recently he seems much thinner than he has ever been. A local reporter spotted Kong Wah and his wife Connie Mak (麥潔文) enjoying a date in public. Wearing shaggy hair beneath his hat, his cheeks were visibly sunken though his arms were toned and lined with popped-out veins. Despite his pale and emaciated-looking face, Kong Wah seemed otherwise healthy and agile.

Succumbing to depression following an injury in 2006, Kong Wah has taken a long break from filming and has not made an on-screen appearance since 2009. Although he still welcomes filming offers, so far he has not received a good script and chose to stay out of the limelight. His wife Connie became the sole breadwinner of the family. While they have been popular stars in the past, both expressed that they wish to leave their celebrity statuses behind to focus on living a normal life.

Still very much devoted to his wife after over twenty years, Kong Wah was attentive and loving during the couple’s recent day time stroll. Holding hands as they window-shopped, the two frequently stopped to take photos of each other, looking like teenagers in love.

When asked to comment on her husband’s frail-looking state, Connie denied any problems, saying that Kong Wah has always been healthy and is living a comfortable life. Kong Wah himself also assured that he is in tip-top shape, saying that he is working hard to maintain a consistent weight. “I am trying to maintain the figure I had when I was seventeen. Many people my age gain weight and end up with a big tummy. Compared to them, everyone must think I have become thinner. Right now my face fits the international beauty standard, perfect from every angle.”

Achieving calmness through religion, Kong Wah has discovered valuable insights about life. Making his wife and his family top priority, he would rather spend quality time with those he love than to sacrifice it all for his career. “Living should feel happy and natural. The most important thing is that we are living well. We can be very happy even though we’re living in Sha Tau Kok.”

Source: Ming Pao

This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.

30 comments to Kong Wah Looks Unrecognizable After Dramatic Weight Loss

  1. Tess says:

    What a pity. Heard that he’s suffering from depression. Wish him well though.

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  2. Funn Lim says:

    He has always been very thin and looking gaunt. He in fact looks the same as he was back then, except older. Stop with the dramatic tone and waiting with glee that he is manic depressive.

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  3. flinstoOones says:

    In my eyes, no one plays the emperor better than him!

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  4. bloom says:

    He’s one of the talented actors. It’s sad that he has basically stopped acting. I honestly wish to see him in dramas again. Hopefully someone will approach him and he considers their offer. Wish you well Kong Wah.

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  5. Chriselle says:

    His face looks about the same. His body is a little bit skinny but also need a full body to really see. Hope he does a little bit work. It’s easier to feel old when you haven’t done any work for too long. He’ll get too use to that and he’s only in his early 50’s.

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  6. g says:

    i miss his dramas now. probably gonna find one and rewatch it tonight LOL

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  7. HeTieShou says:

    I really hope he returns to acting. Erica Choi suffered from depression for 12 years and is considering a comeback so I hope he does eventually too.

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    • bloom replied:

      Hi HeTieShou,
      I felt the same, honestly I’m really missing him. I was looking for his dramas and bought this Conqueror something, he was acting opposite Adam Cheng. I find it difficult to understand because ancient but bought it because I’ve been missing him sooooooo much. Ah, but looks at current situation, I dont think he wants to make a come back. That’s really sad.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Hi Bloom,
        I know what you mean but you never know what can happen. Oh yes,I just rewatched that series pretty recently and really miss him. I love him in lady Flower fist with Esther. He was really funny in there. I love ancient series and I used to watch only ancient series. I only saw some of the classic modern series back then and started to see modern series recently. For now,he may not but for some reason I have a strong feeling that he will make a come back one day,especially if they run into financial difficulties. Not to say that I hope they do,but I do hope that he does make a come back because it will be a big waste of his talent.

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      • kolo replied:

        kong wah was really the “chok king” the best ever,nobody can replace him,very sad to hear this sad news about him,hope he can find himself back.

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      • bloom replied:

        Hi HeTieShou,
        But I have a different feelings on this. I don’t feel he would make a come back as they are getting use to living a simple life now. He has also turned to religion to seek solage. I’ve always like him and I read somewhere before that he likes Andy Lau. I hope I’m wrong & you’re right so that we could see him again. It’s really sad that TVB never appreciates their talents and as a result they lost them and to some extent lost them permanently. I feel if Kwong Wah has an offer, he would consider those & will put TVB as his last resort.

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  8. Jason says:

    Best Emperor ever! The man can act, so charming. Sad that he is not acting anymore, waste of talent.

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    • David replied:

      totallly agrreee

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      • bloom replied:

        yes, can’t agree more.

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  9. David says:

    I’m soo sad…………… he is the best actor of his generation . I think if he acts again his drama will certainly get high rating…………… But for me it only matter if he is happy

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    • bloom replied:

      Life is never fair.

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  10. amy says:

    Awesome performance in Lady flower fist with Esther kwan! Makes me think that dramas in the 2000s are not comparable to the ones in 1990s!! Hope they get actors like Kong Wah to make a comeback to TVB!

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    • sophia replied:

      OMG I know. I remember laughing so hard. He looked so funny with the teeny tiny sunglasses.

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    • bloom replied:

      I must go and check out this drama then 🙂

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  11. azndoraemon says:

    he is great in ATV too. He can be funny, sad and mean. Great actor.

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  12. Best says:

    He’s look the same, just a bit older. He’s good actor.

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  13. Ribb says:

    Never heard of Connie Mak before tho. Maybe not really that famous. Kong Wah was certainly famous.

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    • llwy12 replied:

      Connie is a singer from the 80s who retired from the industry a long time ago, which is why you may not have heard of her. She was never tremendously popular, though she did have a few hit songs back in the day that did bring her some fame. After she retired, she became a music teacher. She still performs occasionally in shows and such, but definitely not as active as in the past.

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  14. Jce says:

    Good actor indeed. But he does look frail. May just be the angle the pic is taken.

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  15. sky says:

    he looks very sick.

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  16. Vel says:

    What an ironic shirt.

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      That was what I was thinking.

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  17. W says:

    This guy has incredible talent. It’s a shame he can’t display more of it. Hope TVB can maybe get him back in dramas.

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  18. Panzer says:

    God I hope he’s ok, and not hiding some horrible illness.
    I also hope it’s just a bad picture, even though his face looks a bit gaunt, could just be the lighting. I know reporters like to stretch the truth to make a story out of nothing.
    I would love to see him act again though, seems like a waste of talent not to act when he has the skills.

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  19. sky3324 says:

    it’s the photo quality, so grainy.

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