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The Audition On 1st May 1972

May 11 2016 at 12:23 PM
LJF  (Login LJF)

 
The audition done by Bruce on 1st May 1972 was for WOTD.

Here are the photos which showed Bruce's whereabouts from 1st May to 4th May 1972 (sources: GH Movie News, Ming Pao Weekly, Betty Ting's interview):

http://postimg.org/image/76u9timjl/


According to June issue, GH Movie News, Bruce did that last minute audition to find the suitable candidate for the female role in WOTD. As it was going to film in ROME, the distant cousin for Tang Lung might be a lady with an Eurasian look. That's why Irene Ryder and Margaret Miller (aka Mui Ga Lai), both Eurasians were called upon for the screentest. Irene Ryder has confirmed in her FB that she did the screentest for WOTD not GAME. Their Eurasian looks also didn't fit Bruce's sister role in GAME.
However, when Bruce learnt that Lo Wei was getting Nora Miao to play in his new film, "A Man Called Tiger," Bruce was annoyed and wanted Raymond Chow to get Nora to play for WOTD instead. Chow did that to please Bruce. Lo was terribly upset then and had no choice but to use Maria Yi for his new film. So, Irene Ryder and Margaret Miller were both dropped.

Just a brief intro about the ladies who went for audition:

1) Irene Ryder (born 1949) was born to an English father and a Chinese mother. She was a popular Eurasian HK English pop singer in HK between the 1960s & 70s. Among the other singles that she recorded were a duet with Robert Lee, former member of HK beat band - The Thunderbirds and the younger brother of Martial Arts star Bruce Lee.

Photos of Irene Ryder: http://postimg.org/image/xlvyogm1t/


2) Margaret MILLER,(aka MUI Ga Lai) was born to a German father and Chinese mother. She was quite a popular young HK star back then who could sing, dance and act at the same time. She joined TVB in the 70s and retired in the 80s.

Photos of Margaret Miller: http://postimg.org/image/57pkeao4h/


The 3rd lady who were present at the audition was a pure Chinese lady, named Fong Yan. This is the only possiblity that Bruce might cast her for his GAME if she has done the audition because of his Chinese look which would resemble Bruce's sister in GAME rather than Irene Ryder and Margaret Miller. Anyway, this is just a guess, nothing concrete has been found.

3) Fong Yan -- She was from Taiwan and a new star in GH then. In total, she just made around 4-5 movies before quitting the movie industry.

Photos of Fong Yan: http://postimg.org/image/cqa4wl6sh/





 
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