As the old saying goes, “People rarely live to be 70”. So how does Josephine SIAO, now aged 71, struggle for learning? She started her acting career as a child star at the age of six. In the 1960’s, she became sworn sisters with six other actresses of Cantonese films, including Connie CHAN and Nancy SIT, who were affectionately known as “The Seven Princesses”. At the prime of her career, Josephine chose to take a break from the film industry to study in the United States. After graduation, she gave up her previously established image and played vividly the well-liked yet grotesque character “Plain Jane”. In 1995, her exceptional performance in “Summer Snow” even earned her the city’s Golden Bauhinia Award, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award, Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, as well as Taipei’s Golden Horse Award, rendering her a grand slam winner. Utilising her clout, she established the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation with a view to advocating protection of children from sexual abuse. Despite suffering from severe hearing problems in recent years, she remains passionate about life, dedicating herself to everyday self-learning and self-improvement.
Let us have a glimpse of Josephine’s legendary past and explore what she has symbolised during different times in Hong Kong. We will also learn from her how we can live a fruitful life and achieve “lifelong learning”!
Host: LAW Wing-chung
Guest Host: Edward LAM