Actor Lee Lung Kei, 74, foregoes work to visit detained 37-year-old girlfriend

By Nhu Anh   February 29, 2024 | 04:23 pm PT
Hong Kong actor Lee Lung Kei, known for his performance in “The Condor Heroes,” cleared his schedule for March to visit his girlfriend, Chris Wong, in the detention center daily.
Hong Kong actor Lee Lung Kei (L) and his fiancée Chris Wong. Photo from Wong’s Instagram

Hong Kong actor Lee Lung Kei (L) and his fiancée Chris Wong. Photo from Wong’s Instagram

"I don’t feel it’s hard or tiring at all," he conveyed, as reported by Mp Weekly. "Canceling work is not a big deal, since the most important thing is her [Wong’s] well-being, money is just external."

The actor, who has been dropping by Hong Kong’s Tai Lam Center for Women every day since Feb. 21, also affirmed his unwavering support for Wong through her legal troubles.

Wong, who hails from mainland China, faced arrest on Feb. 19 and was subsequently charged with document falsification, deceit for entry into Hong Kong, and overstaying her tourist visa. Her bail was denied, causing her to stay in custody until her court appearance on Apr. 16.

A legal expert highlighted that such breaches of residency regulations similar to Wong’s could result in deportation, a two-year prison sentence, and a fine up to HKD50,000 (US$6,392).

Lee shared that Wong’s visa overstay was to care for him, admitting he was unaware of her document tampering and deceit. He expressed regret, noting he would have advised her to confess if he had been aware.

In a previous statement to the media, he committed to marrying Wong after her release, revealing that he even contemplates relocation to mainland China in case of her deportation from Hong Kong.

The couple, who first met when Lee was 66, was set for marriage by the end of 2023. However, their plan was postponed due to Wong’s father’s passing.

Wong has been suffering from recent accusations against her, including allegations of trading sexual favors for financial gain and fraud. Critics have also doubted her wealthy background and education claims, suggesting they were aimed at securing support from affluent individuals.

Despite these accusations, Lee remains supportive of her. He contested the notion of Wong’s interest in him for financial reasons, admitting that all of his real estate is under his ex-wife’s name and he has limited cash only.

Besides "The Condor Heroes," Lee has significant roles in "The Smiling, Proud Wanderer," "Journey to the West," and "Forensic Heroes." He has three children from a previous marriage in the 1970s, all older than Wong.

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