April 1, 2013 will mark the 10-year death anniversary of Cantopop and movie legend, Leslie Cheung (張國榮). Leslie had jumped to his death in 2003 from the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. He was only 46 years old then. A tribute concert entitled “Miss You Much Leslie” <繼續寵愛．十年．音樂會> will be held at the Hong Kong Coliseum on March 31. Leslie’s former manager and close friend, Florence Chan (陈淑芬), revealed that she will read out a message that Leslie had left for his fans.
Leslie’s Final Words
Florence said, “There is something about himself that Leslie wanted to tell everyone. If I don’t say it now, I’m afraid I may not ever have the chance. So please come punctually.”
Stressing that this is not Leslie’s suicide note, Florence disclosed she had only shared the note with one other person though it was not Leslie’s partner, Daffy Tong (唐鶴德). For fear of adding more grief and misery to Daffy, Florence had withheld the note from him.
The concert will comprise of Leslie’s golden melodies and will be sung by several of his good friends who would also share tidbits of him on stage. Although the list of singers has been kept a secret, the Hong Kong media reported that Jacky Cheung (張學友), Tony Leung (梁朝偉), Karen Mok (莫文蔚), Kelly Chen (陳慧琳) and Chilam Cheung (張智霖) will perform.
Kelly Chen said, “I will play a medley of Leslie’s fast songs and will use two weeks to practice the dance moves.” Having known Leslie for many years, Kelly revealed that Leslie he invited her to his house to practice acting with her.
The concert will be aired by TVB and may even be telecast live if the licensing rights are secured in time.
In addition to the Coliseum memorial concert, the Hong Kong Philharmonic will be holding a tribute concert from March 18 to 20 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Photographer Wing Shya (夏永康) will publish a book of images he has taken over the years of Leslie with contributions from Daffy Tong of never-before-seen shots of the icon. Daffy will also lend the trophy Leslie won for Best Actor at the Japan Society of Film Critics Award for Farewell My Concubine <霸王別姬> to be exhibited. There will also be screenings of Farewell My Concubine at the Sunbeam Theatre.
Times Square and Fun Entertainment will organize an exhibition to commemorate Leslie’s death. The exhibition consists of three zones covering his music, stage performance and film careers. A mini movie theatre in the Times Square piazza will also showcase Leslie’s films and interview clips of renowned artists and directors. There will also be a display of movie posters and books from the early days of his acting career. Leslie’s fans are folding 200,000 origami cranes, which will be exhibited in Hong Kong’s Times Square between March 28 to May 1.
And for the first time, an official figurine of the star will be created. The 3,000 limited edition dolls depict Leslie wearing his signature black formal wear. The 12-inch doll is on sale for $1,680 HKD.
Hong Kong’s major television studios and radio stations such as TVB, ATV, Commercial Radio and Metro Broadcasting will play Leslie’s movies and songs.
Each year on April 1, thousands of Leslie’s fans grieve his passing. This year, Hong Kong will be bustling with events commemorating Leslie, who left behind a rich legacy and a lifetime of memories for fans.
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.