I once heard director Patrick Lung Kong mentioned that Mandarin cinema was the trend during his hey day, but he believed that “as long as there are Cantonese speakers, there will be a need for Cantonese films. So if no one watches your Cantonese film, it is not due to the decline of Hong Kong cinema but your inability to deliver something good!” This statement made a lasting impression on me. Since I entered the business in 2000, I heard people talking about the end of Hong Kong cinema everyday and I know I will keep hearing that! So what ? Like a screenplay, the time period is a backdrop, but people are the protagonists! Keep making good films and don’t pay attention to the rest of the hoopla!
Derek Kwok Tsz-kin began working on film as a screenwriter. He collaborated with director Wilson Yip frequently early in his career, which includes writing credits for Skyline Cruisers (2000), The Mummy, Aged 19 (2002) and Leaving Me, Loving You (2004) and serving as assistant director for Dry Wood Fierce Fire (2002), Leaving Me, Loving You (2004) and Dragon Tiger Gate (2006). In 2006, thanks to the support of Eric Tsang and Teddy Robin Kwan, Kwok directed his first feature film, The Pye-Dog, for Mei Ah Film Production Company. Starring Eason Chan and Lin Yuan, Kwok’s debut participated in many film festivals, winning top honors at the Japan Asian Marine Film Festival and the Best Youth Film Award at The German International Innocence Film Festival, in addition to being nominated for Best New Director at the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards. In 2008, Kwok returned to the director’s chair for The Moss, featuring Shawn Yu, Louis Fan and Susan Siu.
In 2010, two films were released under Kwok’s name. One was Gallants (2010, co-directed by Clement Cheng), featuring actors Teddy Robin, Chan Koon-tai, Wong Yau-nam and Susan Siu. The film was selected by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society as Best Picture and collected Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Kwan) and Best Original Film Score at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards. The other film was Frozen, a tribute to the late actor/ singer Leslie Cheung.
In 2013, Kwok teamed with comedy superstar Stephen Chow to co-direct the blockbuster feature Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, which grossed over 1200 million at the mainland Chinese box office. His latest feature, As the Light Goes Out, stars Nicholas Tse and Shawn Yu, will be released in 2014.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Journey to the West : Conquering the Demons||CHOW Sing Chi Stephen|