When I was younger, the films I directed tended to aim for visceral effects, and the subject matter was almost always about the dark forces in society: assassins, Triads, swindlers, prisoners, criminals…I deliberately sought to discover different possibilities within various social strata. When I look back on these works 20 years later, I discover that they all deal with the same subject matter: how the little guy rebels against his destiny. Even though he is alone and weak, he refuses to bow to reality. This type of aspiration speaks to the essence of the film industry in Hong Kong. In the 1970s and 1980s, did we not succeed in carving out our own niche with our hard work?
In the future, I will continue to fight hard for my dreams and strive to make better and better films. In the past few years of working on the Mainland, I have come to experience the deep cultural wealth of our nation, where every leaf on a tree and every stone in a building can be priceless treasures. In my future works, I will try my best to seek a balance between entertainment and culture, and contribute to the brilliance of Chinese language cinema. I also encourage my colleagues to do the same.
Billy Chung Siu-hung is the son of 1970s director of gangster films, Chung Kwok-yan. Billy Chung entered the film industry as a teenager, when he acted in several of his father’s films such as 0.38 (1980), Hired Guns (1981) and Ordinance 17 (1981). Later, he served as assistant director to Billy Chan, working on Brotherhood (1980), 3 Wishes (1988) and License to Steal (1990), and also took on the positions of producer and line producer on numerous other projects.
Chung made his first film in 1991 with Legend of the Brothers, which grossed over HK$10 million and established his reputation. In his more than two decade career as a director, Chung made over 30 films, and his works are known for their powerful imagery and distinctive style. His most notable works include The Assassin (1993), The King of Robbery (1996), Trust Me U Die (1999), My Schoolmate, The Barbarian (2001, co-directed with Wong Jing), Colour Of The Loyalty (2005, co-directed with Wong Jing) and To Live And Die In Mongkok (2009), among others. Beginning in 2004, Chung started directing television series on the Mainland, and his output included New Breath of Love (2006), New Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (2006), Disruption (2011) and Heroes of Sui and Tang Dynasties (2012).
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Mark of Youth|
||The Swordsman Dream|
||To Live And Die In Mongkok||WONG Jing|
||Hong Kong Bronx|
||The Lady Iron Chef|
||Colour Of The Loyalty||WONG Jing|
||Kung Fu Mahjong||WONG Jing|
||Moments Of Love|
||Devil Face, Angel Heart|
||My Schoolmate, The Barbarian||WONG Jing|
||Trust Me U Die|
||Last Ghost Standing|
||High Tension Crime|
||Two Faces||NAM Chi Wai Francis|
||Midnight Express in Orient|
||The King of Robbery|
||Lady Super Cop|
||Love to Kill|
||Legend of the Brothers|