Film is the driving force of my life. Since entering the film industry in 1969, my life had been emerged in sight and sound.
“Hong Kong filmmakers are good at learning Western techniques, yet film’s responsibilities towards history and society were not readily seen in our films,” an experienced filmmaker told me 30 years ago, something that had burned in my heart since.
A dream in 1967 became an idea in 1976, turned into a first draft in 1983. Someone I respected gave me encouragement: “I’d never heard a story like Sun Dreams, a Hong Kong story that moved me so much. Hope that you can realize that as a film!”
I promised myself: return to film at 60, to continue Sun Dream. Then I turned 60. Back to film, from the finance sector. I must work even harder.
Barry Chung Mun-keung was born in Hong Kong in 1952. In 1969, he entered the training program at the Clearwater Bay Studio and later worked at Great Wall Movie Enterprises. He studied film at the London International Film School, later obtaining an MBA degree from Murdock University, Australia, and a doctoral degree from European University, Switzerland.
In 1982, Chung worked on the documentary series Heart of the Dragon (1982) co-produced by Hong Kong film veteran Patrick Lui, a collaboration between the U.K., the U.S. and CCTV and one of the first documentary series shot in China by foreigners during the open era. Since 1984, Chung was involved in producing over 20 films, including Cherry Blossom (1988), featuring Chow Yun-fat, and Crime Story (1993), starring Jackie Chan. Beyond the Sunset (1989) received eleven nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards, winning Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (for Cecilia Yip).
Chung directed his first film in 1990, but, due to distribution problems, Angel on the Road was not released until 1993.
In 1992, Chung worked at Asia Television, overseeing the production of the network’s programs, including drama series, documentaries and beauty pageants. He left show business in 1997, focusing instead on international trade and finance, but returned to film in 2012, working with the finance sector to raise funds to realize a dream.
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