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Hong Kong Stars to Get Own ‘Walk of Fame’

October 4, 2003

HONG KONG (AP) _ Nine Hong Kong movie greats of the 1960s and ’70s were the first celebrities to cast handprints for a planned ``Avenue of Stars″ modeled after Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

They included action film stars Jimmy Wong Yue, Ti Lung and Tso Tat-wah and comedy stars Woo Fung and Michael Hui, who became famous during one of the prime periods in the 100-year history of Hong Kong’s movie industry.

Others picked by the Hong Kong Film Awards Association were filmmaker Raymond Chow, director Chor Yun, ``movie princess″ Connie Chan Po-chu and ``movie prince″ Patrick Tse Yin, father of pop singer Nicholas Tse.

The avenue, set to open next year as a waterfront tourist attraction, will initially feature about 70 movie personalities’ handprints, officials said Friday. The first handprints were taken Thursday.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board has declined to identity other candidates, but likely choices include Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung and director Wong Kar-wai.

The avenue, sponsored by Hong Kong’s New World Group conglomerate, is expected to cost $5 million, said Tourism Board spokesman Simon Clennell.

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