Planet China

Face in the crowd

Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung has long been known by his fans as ‘the God of Singing’. Now China’s media has given him a new monicker: the Nemesis of Fugitives. As we first pointed out in WiC405, a wanted man was caught by police in early April after he attended one of Cheung’s concerts in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province. Local police said the criminal was shocked that his face had been picked out of an audience of 60,000 by facial recognition technology. And this week the Wall Street Journal pointed out that two more fugitives have been captured at the Cantopop star’s concerts, again by facial recognition software. In a television interview Cheung quipped: “I guess everyone needs entertainment no matter what they do. It just so happens that some of them are crooks.” The wanted men were captured at Cheung’s concerts in the cities of Ganzhou and Jiaxing. Meanwhile the weibo account of the Beijing police force posted this encouraging note to Cheung: “You should stage more concerts.”

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