I was lucky to have worked with Allen Fong when I started in the business. Although he never taught me how to make films, I learned a lot about film from him, especially his attitude towards filmmaking. He said I will have the opportunity to direct one day, but I shouldn’t direct for the sake of directing. Instead, I should direct when I really have something to say through film. I had always remembered this, until Eric Tsang and Jacob Cheung let me make my first film I’ve Got You, Babe!!!.
Born in Hong Kong in 1959, Cheung Chi-sing studied engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, graduating in 1981. He joined the film company Sil-Metropole in 1982, working in the production department. He assisted Allen Fong on Ah Ying (1982), beginning a collaboration with the famed New Wave director that included producing Fong’s Just Like Weather (1986) and Dancing Bull (1990), the latter he also wrote. He also worked at RTHK as writer and assistant director.
In the late 1980s, Cheung made a name for himself as a scriptwriter, responsible for such scripts as In the Line of Duty (1989), Life Goes On (1989), Taking Manhattan (1992), The Days of Being Dumb (1992), Crime Story (1993), A Fighter’s Blues (2000) and Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010). He also served as production manager on Heart to Hearts (1988) and producer for The Golden Girls (1995) and Love and Let Love (1998).
With the support of Eric Tsang and Jacob Cheung, Cheung directed his first film in 1993, I’ve Got You, Babe!!!, which he also wrote. Since then, he had written the scripts for all his directorial works. In 1994, Cheung finished his sophomore effort I Wanna be Your Man!! (1994). His third film, Love and Sex Among the Ruins (1996), was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Bauhinia Awards. He had also written and directed I Do (2000) and U-Man (2001).
In 2003, he worked with director Tsui Hark on Seven Swords as writer and associate producer.
Cheung had been active in filmmaker groups such as the Hong Kong Scriptwriters’ Guild, Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild and Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, while also serving as advisors to government cultural organizations such as Hong Kong Film Archive. He is also a film critic, his writing appearing in major newspapers and magazines.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Love & Sex Among the Ruins|
||I've Got You, Babe!!!|
||I Wanna Be Your Man!!|