Kang Wei was born in January 15, 1940 in Nanchang, Jiangxi. He moved to Taiwan with his family in 1949 and graduated from the drama program at the National Taiwan Academy of Arts (now National Taiwan University of the Arts). In 1962, He became an announcer for the Police Broadcasting Service while working as a voice actor for Mandarin films. He later signed a five-year actor’s contract with Shaw Brothers in 1964 and began appearing in Hong Kong films. After appearing in Call of the Sea (1965) and Sweet and Wild (1966), his contract with Shaws was terminated due to the company’s opposition to his romantic relationship with Shaws actress Jenny Hu, whom he married secretly in 1966.
Kang then worked as producer for the United States Information Agency as he continued to act in Mandarin and Cantonese films, such as co-starrig with Josephine Siao in the Cantonese romantic comedies Red Lips in May (1968) and A Mad Rush into Love (1968). After Hu completed her contract with Shaws in 1969, the two relocated to Taiwan while splitting their acting duties between Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Kang directed his wife in the 1970 film The Singer’s Story and later formed his own production company, for which he produced, wrote, directed and co-starred with Hu in My Love, My Sin (1973), I & O (1975) and How Big! How Big! (1979). In addition, he also directed the pop band The Wynners in their star vehicle Gonna Get You (1976).
Kang and Hu relocated again in 1983, this time to Los Angeles, with their two sons, Christopher and Terence Yin. After the move, Kang worked in the insurance field while Hu ran a jewelry shop. Kang’s boys had made cameos in their father’s films while they were young. Christopher grew up to be an attorney in Los Angeles as Terence returned to Hong Kong to be an actor. Kang died on May 12, 2013. He was 73.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Sentenced to Death|
||How Big! How Big!|
||Gonna Get You|
||I & O|
||My Love, My Sin|
||The Singer's Story|