Legendary Hong Kong film director Patrick Lung Kong died Tuesday morning in his home in New York, Apple Daily reported.
He was 79.
Lung made his last public appearance on Aug. 15 when he was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Hong Kong cinema. The award was presented by director Tsui Hark.
Born in 1935 in Hong Kong, Lung fled with his family to Guangzhou during the Japanese occupation. His father was an actor in Cantonese drama.
After moving back to Hong Kong, Lung entered Cantonese movies as an actor in the 1950s. He eventually graduated into filmmaking in the 1960s, making his directorial debut with Prince Of Broadcasters.
Lung, who explored sensitive subjects in his movies, was widely recognized as a pioneer of Cantonese film.
One of his most famous works is The Story Of A Discharged Prisoner, the first Hong Kong film shot on location in the slums, profoundly reinvigorating the genre.
The 1970 drama Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow discussed how Hong Kong people joined hands to fight a rat infestation. The movie angered censors with its characterization of a slow-to-act government.
In 2011, the movie made the Hong Kong Film Archive list of 100 must-see Hong Kong films of all time.
In Teddy Girls, Lung dissects the story of a group of juvenile escapees from an all-girl reform school who tangle with violent life on the streets.
Lung moved to the United States in 1982 and studied movies in the University of New York.
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