When Felix Wong’s wife, actress Leung Kit Wah, passed away in May after a seven-year battle with leukaemia, it was a huge blow to the Hongkong actor. The 58-year-old had a hard time coping with her loss, and would put on a brave front before others, but fall apart when he was alone.
In a recent appearance with his good friend, actor Michael Miu, on a Hongkong talk show, Felix opened up about his struggles and how the latter helped him at his lowest point.
“I was at my lowest and most helpless [when my wife passed away]. When Michael learned about the news, he called me immediately. Subsequently, every day for about a month, he would ring me up to check on me. He would ask ‘Are you up’, ‘Do you want to meet up for breakfast’. He was by my side the whole time, counselling me,” recalled Felix.
Felix added that during his wife's wake and funeral, Michael would show up early in the morning and take care of everything, even helping him find her a niche in the columbarium.
“Once again, I want to thank Michael from the bottom of my heart,” said Felix. “You don’t need to say much to a brother, they will support you and stay by your side. Money can’t buy this.”
Felix and Michael go way back. They were classmates in TVB’s artist training programme in 1980, and became household names when they were christened the 'Five Tigers' along with Tony Leung, Andy Lau and Kent Tong.
Then, they often performed as a group and Michael recalled one of their accident-prone rehearsals. “I remember during one of the practice sessions, I accidentally fell on Andy and he almost bit off his tongue. He bit his tongue and because of this, he became a singer!” laughed Michael.
Felix added that for one of the stunts, Tony was supposed to do a backflip from the table before landing on the ground. “But he hit his mouth against the side of the table and chipped his front tooth. After that, he was very good in giving speeches!” he joked.
During the show, the actors also reminisced about their time as acting trainees and how they were once reprimanded for their dressing.
“Our school was located in a high class area in Kowloon, but we came from low income families, so we wore cheap football shorts that we bought at the Temple Street flea market to class. Those days, the shorts were tight and very short and we were the only two who wore those shorts to class. The principal called us to his office and banned us from wearing those shorts,” laughed Michael. “The both of us didn’t pay attention to how we dressed and didn’t know what it meant to dress neatly for class.”