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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Wai Kwan Thomas CHOW
周惠坤 | CHOW Wai Kwan Thomas

Film is a practice in solving problems.

Serving as assistant director for years, I was lucky to have worked with many good directors, on productions of various sizes and diverse genres. The categories may be different, but the internal qualities are the same. Knowing directing skills is not difficult, but one has to have something to say.

Filmmaking is a mobile factory, a circus. Duties big and small, people of various kinds, but all of importance, each essential.


Born in Hong Kong in 1962, Thomas Chow Wai-kwan went to Wah Yan College, Kowloon. In 1983, through the introduction of actor and producer John Sham, Chow entered Bo Ho Films, doing continuity for director Joe Cheung’s Pom Pom (1984). He went on to work on over 40 films in various capacities, including continuity, assistant director and producer, collaborating with such directors as Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, John Woo, Jackie Chan, Leong Po-chih, Stanley Kwan, Mabel Cheung and Tony Au. He had served as assistant director in international productions like Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) and The Man with the Iron Fists (2012).

In 2001, on the recommendation of producer Doris Tse, Chow directed the youth romance Merry-Go-Round (2001). He was nominated Best New Director by the Hong Kong Film Awards and the film was picked by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society as Recommended Film of the Year and also named Best Screenplay.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2001 《初戀嗱喳麵》