Iconic local TV producer donates costumes, props

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

Sun, Jul 28, 2013 - Page 3

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.