水禾田 | POON Water
 Introduction

I am fond of art. Aside from photography and painting, film is also my favorite, particularly documentaries. Everything in the world can be recorded with moving images, which is precious and may last forever. Making documentaries can be a test of a director’s artistic cultivation. In addition to commercial films, Hong Kong filmmakers can explore humanistic, uplifting or even sentimental themes—this is just a personal wish.

 Biography

Water Poon was born in Guangdong, China, in 1946 and grew up in Hong Kong. He studied design at Hong Kong Technical College (now Hong Kong Polytechnic University) while also taking film courses at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and photography courses at the Lutheran Training School. Poon was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of 1985 and had received many awards, including the Federation of Artists’ first Photography Award in 1988 and the Martell Artist of the Year Award presented by Martell Shanghai in 2005. He has published many books of photography, including Silk Road, China Town, Grand Canal and The Long March for Education, among others.

Early in his career in film, Poon worked at Shaw Brothers as a designer, and was the first person to use photography in film posters in his design for Love Without End (1970). He also worked in the art department at Reader’s Digest and RTHK. His documentary, Kowloon Walled City, was chosen by RTHK to participate in a film festival in Iran in 1984. He also served as art director on Let’s Rock (1975), directed by composer James Wong.

Poon’s only feature-length directorial project so far is Sudden Love (1994), a Category III romantic drama starring Pauline Chan. In 2010, he was invited by the Zhaoqing city government to produce a promotional documentary on the city, and in 2011, produced and directed a 50-episode documentary on ordinary life in China. In 2011, he directed a documentary on purple ceramic teapots, and in 2012, another documentary on the Oolong tea of Feng Huang Mountain in Chaozhou. Poon had also published a set of CDs entitled 90 Second Impressions and directed a documentary on the water towns of Jiangsu province.

 Filmography
Year Chinese name English name Directors
1995 《偶遇》
Sudden Love