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Iconic local TV producer donates costumes, props

By Lin Yi-ju and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Chou Yu, third left, poses with people dressed in some of the costumes that she donated to the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts on Thursday.

Photo: Sean Chao, Taipei Times

Iconic Taiwanese television producer Chou Yu (周遊) on Thursday donated her remarkable collection of delicately made costumes and props to the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts as a symbolic gesture of passing down her legacy.

Chou said the donation also served as a goodwill gesture for her son’s wedding, which took place on Friday.

During her four-decade-long TV career, Chou, 75, better known by her stage name, A-ku (阿姑), has produced numerous TV drama series, which comes to a record more than 8,000 hours of airtime.

She is considered one of the most prominent figures in the nation’s TV industry, with her most well-known works including The Return of the Condor Heroes (神鵰俠侶), which was based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Louis Cha (查良鏞) — better known by his pen name Jin Yong (金庸) — Flying Dragon in the Sky (飛龍在天) and Ching Lung Hao Han (青龍好漢).

The college said Chou donated such a large amount of costumes and props that a 15-tonne truck had to make three trips to transport them all to the school.

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