I feel fortunate to be a Hong Kong director, because we have the most efficient crew in the world and the freedom for artistic expression. Compared to directors from other countries, Hong Kong directors enjoy high status, yet remain humble and reasonable. We often learn a great deal from other veterans, and directors in general enjoy a cozy relationship with each other. I am glad that I had chosen this profession.
Felix Chong Man-keung was born in Hong Kong in 1968. His father worked as a cinema manager, allowing him free access to movies throughout his childhood. The experience included watching John Woo’s triad film A Better Tomorrow (1986) 40-50 times. After graduating from the Film Department at Hong Kong Baptist University, he joined TVB, working in the promotion department between 1994 and 1999, responsible for screen promotion copywriting and editing.
Chong entered the film industry at age 30 when he co-wrote Afraid of Nothing, the Jobless King (1999) with Joe Ma and followed up the next year with Gen-Y Cops (2000). He went on to write more than 20 screenplays, including the Inferno Affairs trilogy (2002, 2003 and 2003), which won numerous awards across Asia. Infernal Affairs garnered the Best Screenwriter awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Golden Bauhinia Awards and was voted Best Screenplay by the Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Guild. The film was not only a box office hit in Hong Kong but also caught the attention of Hollywood producers and was adapted into The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese, which received four Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Film, the first film adapted from a foreign work to win those prizes. Chong’s other works as a screenwriter included Initial D (2005), which did well at box offices across Asia, and Confession of Pain (2006), which was nominated for the Best Screenwriter Award at the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards.
In 2007, Chong formed Pop Movies Company with longtime collaborator Alan Mak Siu-fai, and the first film produced by the company was Lady Cop & Papa Crook, which the pair co-wrote and co-directed. Their Overheard trilogy (2009, 2011, 2014) also earned them nominations for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenwriter awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards. Chong’s first solo outing as a director was Once a Gangster (2010), for which he received the Best New Director Award at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||The Silent War||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||Overheard 2||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||The Lost Bladesman||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||Once a Gangster|
||Overheard||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||Lady Cop and Papa Crook||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||Lady Cop & Papa Crook||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||Moonlight in Tokyo||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|