The film Escape From Coral Cove was made in 1984, the only dark spot in my career and I regret not taking my name from it. No budget, definitely no script and some of the crew was only doing it for fun, having never worked with film, before and after. Much of the film was shot by the producer; botched scenes were still used, or they couldn’t be reshot. The entire process was a fiasco. I was not pleased, knowing that I could be better. That’s why I swore to be a good producer, to help directors who are more talented and more fortunate than me.
Terence Chang, born in Hong Kong in 1949, is an internationally known producer. He studied film at New York University and, upon returning to Hong Kong, worked at Golden Harvest on the production team on such films as for Itchy Fingers (1979) and Tower of Death (1981) and at Rediffusion Television. He then joined Johnny Mak Production, working on Lonely Fifteen (1982), Dragon Force (1982) and Everlasting Love (1984) as producer, the latter shown at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival.
From 1986 through 1988, Chang worked at D & B Productions as Distribution Manager, after which he joined famed director Tsui Hark’s Film Workshop as General Manager, working on many important films of the 1980s, such as Gunman (1988), The Killer (1989), A Better Tomorrow 3 (1989), A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990) and The Swordsman (1990). He was instrumental in introducing these films to the international market.
In 1990, Chang and director John Woo established Milestone Pictures, producing the Woo-directed Once a Thief (1991) and Hard Boiled (1992). He also served as the manager of actor Chow Yun-fat and scriptwriter Lilian Lee.
Chang was again instrumental in helping Woo launch his Hollywood career, which began with Hard Target (1993), directed by Woo and co-produced by Chang. For their Hollywood ventures, Chang and Woo formed WCG Entertainment in 1994, participating in the production of such international hits as Broken Arrow (1996), Face/Off (1997), Anna and Her King (1999) and Mission Impossible 2 (2000). They later established Lion Rock Productions, making Hollywood films like Bulletproof Monk (2003) and Paycheck (2003) as well as Chinese films, such as the blockbuster Red Cliff (2008) and its sequel Red Cliff II (2009). He was also involved in promoting Chow Yun-fat’s international career as well as running various production or development companies in Taiwan.
Chang had directed one film Escape from Coral Cove (1984), which was released in 1986.
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