潘文傑 | POON Man Kit
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 Biography

Born in 1956, Poon Man-kit first worked at Rediffusion Television and was a production assistant for the series Dynasty II (1980). He joined Television Broadcasts (TVB) and directed episodes of the wuxia series The Demi-Gods & Semi-Devils (1982). In 1983, he was involved with the production of The Awakening, a historical drama series produced by Singapore Broadcasting Corporation. Poon returned to Hong Kong a year later and resumed directing television series for TVB, including Police Cadet’84 (1984).

In 1982, Poon made his first mark in film, working as assistant director for Taylor Wong’s Buddha’s Palm. He began to direct his own films in 1988 with his debut Who is the Craftiest. He then directed several films for Movie Impact, including Heroes of Tomorrow (1988), City of Kids 1989 (1989) and Lung Fung Restaurant (1990). In 1991, he directed the Johnny Mak and Stephen Shiu-scripted To Be Number One, based on the true story of drug lord Ng Sik-ho and starring Ray Lui, Kent Cheng and Cecilia Yip. The trend-setting gangster biopic won Best Picture and Best Screenplay at the 11th Hong Kong Film Awards in addition to being nominated for Best Director. Poon followed with Lord of East China Sea (1993) and Lord of East China Sea II (1993), which chronicle the exploits of an early 20th century Shanghai mob boss. In the same year, he also directed The Sword of Many Lovers, featuring Leon Lai and Sharla Cheung. In 1996, he directed Shanghai Grand, which follows the blueprint of TVB’s classic drama series The Bund (1980). Produced by Tsui Hark, the period triad drama – starring Leslie Cheung, Andy Lau and Ning Jing — was nominated for Best Action Design, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography at the 16th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Poon has produced several films, The Twilight of the Forbidden City (1992, co-directed with Manfred Wong), Death Defying Love (1993), Fussy Ghost (1993), Wong Kam-tin’s Maniacal Beauty on the Loose (1993) and Wang Ji-xing’s Flying Tigers (1995). He also wrote Tenky Tin and Lee Kwok-man’s The Future Hero (1997) and was involved in the production of director Yang Feng-liang Dragon Town Story (1997).

Since the late 1990s, Poon had focused on directing television series in China. He was also the producer of the series The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011).

 Filmography
Year Chinese name English name Directors
1996 《新上海灘》
Shanghai Grand
1993 《歲月風雲之上海皇帝》
Lord of East China Sea
1993 《上海皇帝之雄霸天下》
Lord of East China Sea II
1993 《一九四九之劫後英雄傳》
Hero of Hong Kong 1949
1993 《飛狐外傳》
The Sword of Many Lovers
1992 《中國最後一個太監第二章告別紫禁城》
The Twilight of the Forbidden City WONG Manfred
1991 《跛豪》
To be Number One
1990 《龍鳳茶樓》
Lung Fung Restaurant
1989 《人海孤鴻》
City Kids 1989
1988 《奸人本色》
Who is the Craftiest
1988 《江湖接班人》
Hero of Tomorrow