I’m lucky to have directed my first film in 2012, qualifying me for The Ultimate Guide to Hong Kong Film Directors. While studying at Baptist University, there were already warnings of “twilight industry, born at the wrong time, Hong Kong film in decline…” But it only made me more determined to take part in this battle for Hong Kong film. Because I know that if those who love Hong Kong films are staying away, it’s the real decline.
Growing up, Hong Kong films made me laugh, touched me deeply and gave me something to believe in. It also moved me to defend creative freedom. These are all important aspects of Hong Kong culture. Although it was difficult, I still hold onto the wish of contributing my efforts to preserving this cherished treasure.
Born in Taiwan, Fung Chih-chiang graduated in 1996 from Hong Kong Baptist University with a degree in Communication, his graduation project chosen to represent the school at the short film section of the Golden Horse Awards. He then entered the film industry as assistant director, later joining TVB as writer, his work including the drama series At the Threshold of an Era, which was not only popular in Hong Kong but also a big hit in China.
Fung went on to write for film, his first project the Stephen Chow hit Shaolin Soccer (2001). He had also written scripts for several films produced by Johnnie To, including 2 Become 1 (2006), Sparrow (2008), which To himself directed and was shown in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Punished (2011). Another noted script was that for Chow’s Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013), which broke box-office records in China.
Fung made his directorial debut with The Bounty (2012), a black comedy starring Chapman To, Alex Man and Fiona Sit, for which he was nominated for Best New Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards. The film was shown in film festivals all over the world, including those at London, Sweden, Brazil and Italy. Fung followed that with another comedy, The Midas Touch (2013), also starring Chapman To.
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