Since entering the entertainment business, most of my energy was spent on TV work. Despite my love for cinema, I have not had much luck as a filmmaker. In recent years, I have felt that most of the films in the Greater China region are too localized. I hope that one day, Chinese films can at least bear fruit in Greater China, if not the whole world.
Feng Tsui-fan was born in 1944 in Guangdong Province. His father Feng Keng-wah and mother Ng Wai-yu were both wellknown Cantonese opera actors. He and his family settled in Hong Kong in 1950, and Feng enrolled in Tung Chi College. When he was younger, Feng participated in school dramas. In 1964, he was awarded Best Actor in the Hong Kong Intermural Drama Competition, and was referred by Chan Yau-hau to join the Hong Kong Amateur Theatre Group.
Feng later got the chance to join Rediffusion TV, and became a professional actor. He made his first appearance in film in To Rose With Love, directed by Chor Yuen, and served for a time as Chor’s assistant director. Feng joined TVB in 1968 as the star of its first drama series, Love Story. In subsequent years, Feng found work in both film and TV, and directed several TV series before making his directorial debut in 1974 with The Looks of Hong Kong. He joined Commercial Television as a producer in 1976, but in 1978, Feng returned to TVB to work as producer and actor. He had roles in many popular series such as Don’t Look Now (1980), No One is Innocent (1981) and You Only Live Twice (1982), while his output as a TV producer comprises In Love & War (1981). After directing the martial arts feature The Phantom Killer (1981), he stopped working as TV producer, and instead concentrated on film and TV acting jobs. His most memorable films as an actor include the Lucky Stars series (1983), The Romancing Star series (1987) and The Crazy Companies series (1988). In addition to comedies, Feng proved equally capable in serious dramatic roles, in The Lunatics (1986) and Hooked on You (2007), among others. After resuming directing in 1987, he made only one film a year in the next four years: The Gang Didn’t Shoot Straight (1987), Love Soldier Fortune (1988), Return of the Lucky Stars (1989) and Family Day (1990).
Feng later founded T. F. Feng Films & TV Production to produce tele-features, before immigrating to Taiwan in 1992. He remained much sought-after as an actor, frequently appearing in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland films and TV series. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards for his work in Accident (2009). In the last few years, he had been putting his comedic talents to use in several Chinese New Year releases including I Love Hong Kong (2011), I Love Hong Kong 2012 (2012) and I Love Hong Kong 2013 (2013).
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||King of Thieves|
||The Big Friday|
||Ghost in Me|
||Return of the Lucky Stars|
||Love Soldier Fortune|
||The Gang Didn't Shoot Straight|
||The Phantom Killer|
||The Looks of Hong Kong|