He's Bad... Mak Kay
Mak Kay is a fixture of 1960s Cantonese cinema. It was a sign of the times that he was typecast, assigned mostly villainous roles, frequently as young men who're spoiled rotten by their upbringing or as bad elements that fester in the dark corners of society. Yet being stereotyped also helped him maintain a steady career, which saw him appearing in over 100 films in a career that started in 1957 and lasting up to this day.
Mak was so good at fulfilling his assignment that he has come to personify the teddy boy, an embodiment of the 1960s fear of a burgeoning and increasingly westernized youth sector. An accomplished actor with a wide range, he has proved himself in a variety of roles, including several turns in Mandarin films. He continued to enjoy a productive career after the collapse of the Cantonese cinema, working steadily in films and on television and remaining active today.
"He's Bad...Mak Kay", & the earlier "Four Characters: A Tribute to Lee Hong-kum, Helena Law Lan, Lui Ming & Wang Lai" are guest curated by Yuen Tszying.
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