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Gregorio Wu

Post by Johan Melle » 17/09/2018, 1:25

Gregorio Wu in 1967

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Gregorio Wu was one the most prominent Asian actors working in Italy in 1960s, appearing in countless films and fotoromanzi, though usually uncredited. Acting, however, was not his main profession as he was actually a very famous tenor.

His real name was Wu Pak Chiu and he was born in 1913 as Guangzhou, China. He graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1937 and in 1946 he left China and enrolled as a fourth year student at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, graduating in 1948 at the top of his class. During the same period, he also studied as a private student with Beniamino Gigli, and he later sang in concert with Gigli and his daughter Rina.

After a performance as the tenor soloist in Bartok's Cantata profana at the Teatro Argentina in Rome in 1954, he was invited to sing in concert halls all around Europe and also on radio and television. As a tenor he sang under the name Gregorio Wu Pak Chiu.

During his time in Italy, he also ended up being an actor, appearing in many comedies with Totò and with Franco and Ciccio. He was also featured in various Eurospy films and also appeared in a long line of fotoromanzi. He was usually uncredited, even though several of the roles he played were fairly large.

In 1969, Gregorio returned to Hong Kong where he gave his final performance in a recital for the Lingnan University Alumni Association. After retiring from the concert stage, he spent his time teaching vocal and choral singing at various secondary schools.

Gregorio Wu died in Hong Kong on March 31, 1974 at the age of 61. He was survived by his wife and two daughters - one of whom was the actress Elisabeth Wu. She, too, had a career in films and fotoromanzi in Italy and often appeared together with her father.

Source: http://www.wupakchiu.com/


FILMOGRAPHY

1961
  1. Totò, Peppino e... la dolce vita (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1962
  2. 2 samurai per 100 geishe (credited) .... Japanese lieutenant
  3. Totò e Peppino divisi a Berlino (uncredited) .... Chinese agent
  4. Una tragedia americana (TV mini series) (credited) .... Chinese death-row prisoner

    1963
  5. Totò contro i quattro (uncredited) .... Chen, the majordomo

    1964
  6. 00-2 agenti segretissimi (uncredited) .... Chinese agent
  7. 2 mattacchioni al Moulin Rouge (uncredited) .... Opium dealer
  8. I sette del Texas (credited as Gregory Wu) .... Lin Chu

    1965
  9. OSS 77 Operazione Fior di Loto (credited as Yu Pak Chiu) .... Chinese agent
  10. Operazione Poker (uncredited) .... Yun Tao

    1968
  11. Luana la figlia della foresta vergine (uncredited) .... Club manager
  12. Vacanze sulla Costa Smeralda (uncredited) .... Mario Cinese

FOTOROMANZI
  1. I fotoromanzi della Senna N. 6: "Fuga a Hong Kong" (April 1964)
  2. Sofia N. 2: "Il giglio di Hong-Kong" (April 1964) - credited
  3. Le avventure di Jacques Douglas N. 2: "Da Venezia con amore" (November 1965)
  4. Le avventure di Jacques Douglas N. 18: "SZ4 nell'isola dell'oblio" (March 1967) - credited as Mister Wu
  5. Supersex il fotofilm fanta-erotico N. 5: "L.S.D. follia liquida" (30 August 1967)
  6. Killing N. 44: "Combinazione morte" (1 July 1968)
  7. Dossier Segreto N. 1: "Due volti per una spia" (April 1969) - credited

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Re: Gregorio Wu

Post by Johan Melle » 17/09/2018, 1:28

The earliest role I've managed to find for Gregorio is in Totò, Peppino e... la dolce vita (1961) where he has a small speaking role as a party guest together with Totò
Toto Peppino Dolce Vita - Gregorio Wu.jpg

He also has a very brief role as a Chinese agent at the end of Totò e Peppino divisi a Berlino (1962)
Toto Peppino Berlino - Gregorio Wu.jpg

His biggest and most memorable role with Totò was in Totò contro i quattro (1963) where he plays Chen, the sinister majordomo at the mysterious villa
Toto Contro Quattro - Gregorio Wu1.jpg

Totò and Erminio Macario are convinced something strange is going on at this villa, and their suspicions appear to be confirmed when the look through a keyhole and see Gregorio about to stab a woman with a large knife!
Toto Contro Quattro - Gregorio Wu2.jpg

So of course they barge in to come to the rescue - only to realize that what they saw was the making of a 'fotoromanzo sexy' :D
Toto Contro Quattro - Gregorio Wu3.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 17/09/2018, 1:32

Gregorio also worked several times with Franco and Ciccio.

First in 2 samurai per 100 geishe (1962) where he has a rare credited role as a severe Japanese lieutenant
2 Samurai - Gregorio Wu1.jpg
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He also has a fairly large (but uncredited) role as an opium dealer in 2 mattacchioni al Moulin Rouge (1964)
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In this film, his daughter Elisabeth Wu appears alongside him and she's uncredited too
2 Mattacchioni - Elisabeth Wu.jpg

Gregorio also has a small comical part in the spy spoof 00-2 agenti segretissimi (1964) as a Chinese agent
00-2 Agenti - Gregorio Wu.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 17/09/2018, 1:44

In the 1960s, the so-called Eurospy movies were very popular and in these films there was often a need for Asian actors to play Chinese spies etc, so of course Gregorio showed up in a couple of these films.

In Operazione Poker (1965) he's a a Vietnamese official who's traveling for talks with the U.N. and so the protagonist Roger Browne is assigned to protect him
Operazione Poker - Gregorio Wu.jpg
Quite a big role and really unfair that he wasn't credited


Gregorio also appears in OSS 77 Operazione Fior di Loto (1965) as a Chinese agent
Fior Di Loto - Gregorio Wu.jpg

Just a short role, really, but this time he was credited - under his real name Wu Pak Chiu
Fior Di Loto - Gregorio Wu Credit.jpg

He also pops up in other films. Here as the nosy club manager in the jungle adventure Luana la figlia della foresta vergine (1968)
Luana - Gregorio Wu1.jpg

And he ends up paying the price for his nosiness, too - getting strangled with a telephone cord!
Luana - Gregorio Wu2.jpg
Again, a pretty good role, but still uncredited


He also pops up in the musical-comedy Vacanze sulla Costa Smeralda (1968) in a short comical role
Vacanze Costa Smeralda - Gregorio Wu.jpg

Gregorio even did some work for television. In the famous 7-part series Una tragedia americana (1962) he has a short but memorable (and credited) role as a death-row prisoner who is sent to the electric chair
Tragedia Americana - Gregorio Wu1.jpg
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Re: Gregorio Wu

Post by Ciavazzaro » 17/09/2018, 1:48

My biggest compliment my friend i was waiting for this !
Amazing work, i did not imagine Gregorio had done so many movies.

Very interesting he was an opera singer, we have on the site another generico who was also an opera singer Maurizio Piacenti who is everywhere in italian movies from the mid 1970's till the end of the 1980's.
I wonder how many others opera singers turned generici we will found :D

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Post by Johan Melle » 17/09/2018, 1:57

Thank you! I'm sure we will find even more roles!

But Gregorio also had a good career in fotoromanzi. Normally, there are very few Asian actors to be found in fotoromanzi, but Gregorio is one of the few exceptions.

In Sofia N. 2: "Il giglio di Hong-Kong" (April 1964) he has a good credited role, appearing alongside his daughter Elisabeth, who is the protagonist of the story
Sofia 2 - Credits.jpg
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Here together with Elisabeth
Sofia 2 - Gregorio Wu2.jpg

Also a pretty good role in I fotoromanzi della Senna N. 6: "Fuga a Hong Kong" (April 1964) but this time he's uncredited
Fotoromanzi Della Senna 6 - Gregorio Wu.jpg

Gregorio did not appear in a lot of romantic fotoromanzi, however. For the most time he appeared in fotoromanzi aimed at male readers - typically in spy fotormanzi or violent and/or sexy stories. Most of these fotoromanzi are now quite rare and are considered cult.

Here he is in the excellent Le avventure di Jacques Douglas N. 2: "Da Venezia con amore" (November 1965) as a Chinese bad guy together with his daughter yet again
Jacques Douglas 2 - Gregorio Wu.jpg
Unfortunately, only Elisabeth is credited


But Gregorio also appears in another Jacques Douglas fotoromanzo - one of the best in this long-running serial in fact:
Le avventure di Jacques Douglas N. 18: "SZ4 nell'isola dell'oblio" (March 1967) in a terrific 'mad professor' role
Jacques Douglas 18 - Gregorio Wu1.jpg
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For this terrific role he was rightfully credited, but under the name Mister Wu! :D
Jacques Douglas 18 - Gregorio Wu4.jpg

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Re: Gregorio Wu

Post by Johan Melle » 17/09/2018, 2:05

Some more cult fotoromanzi interpreted by Gregorio:

Typical bad guy role in Supersex il fotofilm fanta-erotico N. 5: "L.S.D. follia liquida" (30 August 1967)
Supersex 5 - Gregorio Wu1.jpg
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And of course he also appeared in the infamous Killing fotoromanzi!
Here in a terrific role in Killing N. 44: "Combinazione morte" (1 July 1968) - together with Paul Muller
Killing 44 - Gregorio Wu1.jpg
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And finally in the rare spy fotoromanzo Dossier Segreto N. 1: "Due volti per una spia" (April 1969)
Dossier Segreto 1 - Gregorio Wu1.jpg
Dossier Segreto 1 - Gregorio Wu2.jpg
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This one was another credited role
Dossier Segreto 1 - Gregorio Wu4.jpg

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Re: Gregorio Wu

Post by Johan Melle » 17/09/2018, 2:08

According to the IMDb, Gregorio also has a credited role in the Spanish/Italian western I sette del Texas a.k.a. Antes llega la muerte (1964). Do you have this one, Carlos?

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Re: Gregorio Wu

Post by carlos » 17/09/2018, 2:30

Yep :) I sette del Texas (1964) Lin Chu
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In the Italian and English versions he's credited as Gregory Wu, but the Spanish he's Gregorio
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Re: Gregorio Wu

Post by Emiliano » 17/09/2018, 12:24

I have always loved this little actor and I love that there is a space for him here. The scene where he takes the stone on his head in 00-2 secret agents is really hilarious. Just a note: In 2 samurai... he's role is not vicious, only "severe".

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