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Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung support opera veteran
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Renowned master of Cantonese opera, Hong Xian Nü, is promoting the world's first Cantonese opera cartoon in Hong Kong. Entitled "The Obstinate Princess and Her Honest Husband", the animation features the 85-year-old's singing.

Andy Lau (right) and Jacky Cheung with Cantonese opera master Hong Xian Nü (center).

Andy Lau (right) and Jacky Cheung with Cantonese opera master Hong Xian Nü (center).

Local celebrities, opera fans and media packed in to see the premiere of the movie. Singer and actor Andy Lau and superstar Jacky Cheung also showed up.

Lau and Cheung presented Hong Xian Nü with bouquets and spoke of their admiration for the veteran star.

At the ceremony, Hong Xian Nü appeared in good health, showing off her good figure and skin. The master says her heart is as young as an 18-year-old's. Despite her age, she still works at the Hong Xian Nü Art Center, and continues to practice her singing everyday. She performed a segment of her repertoire to thank the fans.

(CRI/CCTV May 11, 2009)

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