William Cheung Kin was born in Hong Kong in 1950. He entered the film business in 1969 as an assistant to the gaffer and cinematographer at Yung Hwa Motion Picture Studios. From 1971 to 1975, he worked as continuity supervisor and assistant director for studios like Goldig, the Shaw Brothers, Chang’s and Golden Harvest. He was one of the founders of Hong Kong Film Guard Association, which organized screenings of experimental films in the early 1970s.
He also began to make experiment films and added film criticism to his résumé, writing for Hong Kong Times, Youth Weekly and other publications. In 1975, he joined Rediffusion Television (RTV) as a screenwriter and wrote drama series like Ten Assassins (1976) before taking on the role of assistant producer in 1976. His switch to the ill-fated Commercial Television lasted only three months because of the station’s closure, upon which he returned to RTV for a one-year screenwriting contract, penning hit shows such as Chameleon (1978).
Cheung then returned to film as a producer and screenwriter— winning Best Original Screenplay at the 19th Golden Horse Awards for Alex Cheung Kwok-ming’s Man on the Brink (1981). He began a four-year stay in Taiwan in 1983, writing for television stations and film companies. Returning to Hong Kong, he worked for Tsui Hark’s Film Workshop and other independent companies. In 1989, he worked at Singapore Broadcasting Corporation for a year, which led to the production of the highly-rated serial drama Fortune Hunters. In 1990, Cheung returned to ATV (formerly RTV) as production executive, overseeing the production of the third and fourth installments of The Rise and Fall of Qing Dynasty.He formed Hong Hai Film Productions in 1991 and produced Stanley Tong’s Cash on Delivery (1992), which he co-wrote.
Cheung then produced and penned his own directorial debut, the romantic traid film The Street Car Named Desire (1993). In 1991, he started writing film and television-related columns for newspapers and began lecturing on scriptwriting at the Hong Kong Film Institute in 1994. He also published film-industry magazines, establishing, in 1996, 3-1 Communication and Management, producing the Hong Kong Film Industry Newsletter. Cheung also spearheaded the formation of Society For The Concern of H.K. Film Industry, which led to the publication of A Glance at the Hong Kong Film Industry In the Nineties. In 1998, he was appointed senior reporter for Sing Tao Daily for nine months while writing essays on Taiwan and the China-Taiwan Relationships. Cheung started a website in 1999 to publish his views on film theory. Currently, he is a freelance scriptwriter and film scholar.
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