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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Chi Man Edwin KONG
江志文 | KONG Chi Man Edwin

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Edwin Kong Chi-man was born in Hong Kong, his father Joey Kong the founder of Edko Film, a mainstay in Hong Kong film exhibition and distribution. After graduating from McGill University of Canada with a degree in Architecture, he returned to Hong Kong, joining the family’s business with his younger brother Bill Kong.

In 1979, Kong produced and directed Rising Sun (1980), a compilation of Sino-Japanese War footage from different sources. The film was a surprise hit and, with a gross of HK$ 94 million, became the most profitable documentary in Hong Kong history. He followed that with Wonders of Life (1983), a documentary on reproduction.

The versatile Kong established Columbia Classics, Hong Kong’s first art-house theater, in 1985. In 1993, riding on the popularity of the South African film The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), he brought the film’s star N!xau to Hong Kong to make Crazy Hong Kong (1993), which he produced. In 2008, he established China Alliance International Film in Beijing. He is currently preparing to turn his 1999 book Matteo Ricci The Cross and the Dragon into a film financed by cross-national financing.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1983 《性、命知多少?!》
Wonders Of Life
1980 《慘痛的戰爭》
Rising Sun