|An Artiste Who Has Come Into Existence Once Every Five Hundred Years|
As described by Radio Television Hong Kong, Leslie is an artiste who has come into existence once every five hundred years. Up till now and in the future, no other artiste in Hong Kong can be like him: he could sing with the sexiest voice overflowed with emotions, write melodious songs of varied styles, hold the audience spellbound in each of his concert; and most importantly, outshine all movie stars in acting.
Throughout his career life, Leslie has proved his internationally-creditable status by winning numerous awards in singing and acting no matter in local as well as overseas markets. In Japan, Leslie was being chosen as the best actor for more than ten years in a row by 'Hong Kong Cinema Express' poll. He has also won the Japan Film Critics 'Best Actor Award' in 1995 for his role in 'Farewell to My Concubine'. This movie has also received numerous international awards in 1993. Moreover, Leslie is the only foreign actor who has ranked the tenth place in the poll of 'The One Hundred Actors in Korea'.
Leslie is the most daring artiste in Hong Kong. His Passion Tour concerts in 2000-2001 have set a new standard for concerts. Apart from Madonna, Leslie was the second artiste in the world who has the honour to wear the stage costumes designed by the world-renowned French fashion designer, Jean-Paul Gaultier. In fact, he has succeeded so well in making another breakthrough in his concert that the Passion Tour has become, by far, the best concert performance in the history of Hong Kong's entertainment industry. The Passion Tour concerts have also won high appraisals from overseas critics and audiences including Japan.
Nobody will object to my description that Leslie is the most charming male performer we have ever had. He is a man with an exceptional noble bearing which has won for him the reputation of being the last aristocrat in the entertainment field. What is more bewitching of him was the gentle and innocent look in his eyes which could melt the heart of men and women alike. In his 1997 concert, he seduced and forbade, while in his Passion Tour, he was passionate and wild. Watching his concerts was no longer just watching a performance in music and dance, but was also a spectacular performance in art.
Beautiful (a rare description for men), graceful,
multi-talented, highly-intelligent, dedicated, creative,
revolutionary and a perfectionist, these are only some of the
qualities of Leslie that has won him such an overwhelming
popularity. According to his friends and many people who have
worked with him, his sincerity and consideration for others with
a delicately-sensitive and caring heart was unparalleled to that
of a man that was of middle-age --- some of whom has considered
Leslie as forever an innocent boy who is near-to-perfect and has
a heart of gold.
For many years, people have kept on saying that beyond that sweet and angelic smile, Leslie's charm was mostly from the look in his eyes --- sad and distant-looking. Leslie has indeed suffered a lot by being an artiste who was honest to his own talent in a city that is conservative to creativity and prejudiced to innovative ideas. His famous motto: 'I have died my heart out ' has best described his total commitment in the show business. His song 'I' begins with the following sentence: 'I am what I am' which was indeed an outcry of him to tell the world that he had just wanted to be faithful to his own principles and has yet walked along such a lonely road that not many people could understand.
I am sad to say that such a unique and irreplaceable image as Leslie's is gone forever. According to many fans in Hong Kong, Leslie was being named 'The Little Prince'. Some magazines in Japan, however, have named him 'The Young Nobleman of Hong Kong', whereas the Korean fans have named him as 'The Noble Prince'.
I do believe, if there are angels in Heaven, Leslie is the most adorable one; and even God will be delighted upon hearing him singing his wonderfully blissful hymns in Heaven!
- Julie Ng from Hong Kong