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Kong Demao, a 93-year-old descendant of Confucius and renowned calligrapher, has given her stamp of approval to Chow Yun-fat's impersonation of her ancestor.

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The wheelchair-bound Kong, a 77th-generation descendant of the great man, recently visited the set of "Confucius" and greeted Chow thus: "Here comes Confucius!" A flattered Chow replied immediately: "I am only Chow Yun-fat."

Kong calls herself a fan of Chow's films and watched his performance on the set.

"His Confucius is convincing and the setting is faithful to history," she says. "I think this would be a good film to promote Confucius' thoughts across the world."

The calligrapher also wrote out the film's title and gave the piece to the crew as a gift.

Kong is still a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top advisory body to the Chinese government and a vice director of the China Confucius Foundation, an academic organization on the philosopher.

(China Daily June 10, 2009)

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