Became a director accidentally. Directed three films, somewhat in a daze. Taking a break with enlightened realization, waiting while making preparations… to be continued.
Abe Kwong Man-wai was born in Hong Kong in 1963 and entered the film and television industry in 1985. He started as a scriptwriter in Jackie Chan's Golden Way Films and wrote the screenplay for Armour of God (1986), The Inspector Wears Skirts (1988) and The Inspector Wears Skirts II (1989). He left Golden Way in 1988 to become a free agent and scripted The Black Wall (1989). Kwong went to work for Asia Television in 1989, writing comedies and variety shows but left six months later to return to freelance writing, penning such scripts as Midnight Angel (1990), Blue Lightening (1991) and The Roar of the Vietnamese (1991). In 1991, he partnered with Wellson Chin to form P.U. Production to write and produce horror films such as Thou Shalt Not Swear (1993), The Day that Doesn’t Exist (1995) and July 13th (1996). He also wrote the comedies Once in a Lifetime (1995) and A Queer Story (1997).
Kwong made his directorial debut in 1998 with F*** / Off. In 2001, he worked with director Ann Hui as scriptwriter on Visible Secret, then wrote and directed the sequel, Visible Secret 2 (2002). In 2002, he co-wrote and co-directed with comedian Dayo Wong the comedy Fighting to Survive. In 2008 Kwong scripted Painted Skin, for which he was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Hong Kong Film Awards. In 2010, he wrote 14 Blades, directed by Daniel Lee, and co-produced The Lost Blades Man (2011). In 2011, Kwong took the position of vice president at Beijing Enlight Pictures and produced Mural (2011), The Four (2012) and Lost in Thailand (2012), the last title grossing RMB1.3 billion and became China’s box office champ of the year.
In addition to scriptwriting, Kwong also hosted several radio shows at Metro Radio between 1998 and 2007. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Screenwriters Guild (2009-2013).
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Fighting to Survive|
||Visible Secret 2|
||F*** / Off|