Red Brick Daily

French national Jacques Picoux (畢安生) had lived in Taipei since 1979. He died on Sunday … after falling from the 10th floor of a building in what was almost certainly suicide.

Police have ruled out foul play and said he died instantly.

Picoux’s partner Tseng Ching-chao (曾敬超) — with whom he lived for 35 years — died of cancer last October. He fell into despair, reports said, which was only heightened by the fact Picoux felt powerless watching his partner suffer at the hospital during an emergency resuscitation procedure that was authorized by Tseng’s family members — but which Picoux reportedly felt his lover would not have wanted.

Sadly, said a friend, these two people who had spent most of their adult lives together were considered “strangers” under the law.

Picoux died less than one month before his 68th birthday.

His death has shocked those who knew the French teacher, who also worked as a translator for Malaysian-Chinese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮).

On hearing the news, a stunned Tsai told the Apple Daily, “What? When? (I am) very shocked, very shocked.”

Jacques Picoux was a retired lecturer on French language and literature at National Taiwan University, and an artist specializing in collage painting.

Picoux became somewhat famous after playing the sorcerer character “Kong Kong” in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s (侯孝賢) 2015 martial arts film, “The Assassin.”

A fan of film, he worked as a translator for Tsai and other filmmakers, including Hou, Wong Kar-Wai (王家衛) and Zhang Yimou (張藝謀).


RIP, Mr. Picoux.   🙁


(Photo via FB/Lee Yen-jong)