David Chung Chi-man was born in Hong Kong in 1947. He started out at Shaw Brothers at the age of 17 as an apprentice and camera assistant. He joined Redifussion TV in 1968 to work as a camera operator and switched to TVB in 1973, where he was part of the film unit. He took part in such shows as Wonderful (1975), the anthology series CID (1976), Seven Women (1976), Social Worker (1976), Seventeen (1976) and The Underdogs (1977), among others. He started collaborating with various Hong Kong New Wave directors including Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yim Ho, Albert Cheung, Tsui Hark and Dennis Yu during this period.
In 1977, he co-directed with actor To Ping the comedy The Chase. In 1978 he became a feature film cinematographer when he worked on For Whom to be Murdered, directed by Yuen Ho-chuen. As a cinematographer, he was responsible for many classic films, such as The Secret (1979), which won the Best Cinematographer award at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, as well as The Island (1985) and An Autumn’s Tale (1987), both of which won the Best Cinematography prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards, and Painted Faces (1988), which won Best Cinematography honors at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards. In addition, Chung was the cinematographer for many well-known Hong Kong films, including Dangerous Encounter-1st Kind (1980), The Imp (1981), Nomad (1982), Coolie Killer (1982), Shanghai Blues (1984), Welcome (1985), My Heart is That Eternal Rose (1989), Song of the Exile (1990), Au Revoir, Mon Amour (1991) and Once Upon a Time in China (1991).
Between 1985 and 1989, Chung directed five films, including It’s A Drink, It’s A Bomb (1985), Royal Warriors (1986), Magnificent Warrior (1987), I Love Maria (1988) and Web of Deception (1989), which encompass various genres including comedy, action, science fiction and horror. Chung became the vice chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers in 1989 and immigrated to the United States in 1995.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Web of Deception|
||I Love Maria|
||It's A Drink, It's A Bomb|