Stephen Shin was born in Macau in 1951. Upon completing his secondary studies at Salesian English School in 1968, he entered Hong Kong Baptist University, but eventually graduated from the Sociology program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 1975. While in college, Shin founded a drama club at CUHK, directing several plays. He also started writing scripts for television and later joined Television Broadcasts (TVB) and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) as programming director and director. In addition, Shin worked on the scripts for films such as Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978) and The Rascal Billionaire (1978).
With his directorial debut, Affairs (1979), Shin joined the ranks of young directors who would be collectively known as the Hong Kong New Wave. He then directed and produced a number of films for Shaw Brothers, the Great Wall Studio, Sino Studio and D & B Films, including Innocence (1980), Eclipse (1982), An Amorous Woman of Tang Dynasty (1984), Cherry Blossoms (1988) and Love Me and Dad (1988). Love Me and Dad was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Golden Horse Awards.
At D & B Films, which he joined in 1985, Shin directed the crime thriller Brotherhood (1986) on a shoestring budget; yet the film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at the 6th Hong Kong Film Awards. Its success led to his promotion to executive director at D & B films, where he was in charge of planning, developing and supervising the production of over 60 movies, including his own directorial effort Heart to Hearts (1988)-a popular romantic comedy that spawned several sequels that comprise a cherished series. As D & B Films retreated from production in 1992, Shin and his partners founded their own production company, Citi-media. The next year, he directed the historical drama The Great Conqueror’s Concubine (1993), starring the Chinese actress Gong Li and produced by famed director Zhang Yimou. Shin joined the public company Junefield Group in 1998 as an executive member of the board, responsible for corporate image and business development. Later, he directed The Source of Love (2003), a Christian evangelical feature.
In 2004, Shin became the vice president and Hong Kong regional president of the Beijing company SMI Corporation, serving at the same time as executive director of Sing Pao Daily News and chief executive officer of Sun TV. He later founded a production house in China, developing several scripts. Shin had also been active in theater, directing the play Zheng He and the Emperor in 2005 for Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and The Smiling, Proud Wanderer for Hong Kong Dance Company in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he produced the musical, Burning My Life, for Goodnews Communication International. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Sil-Metropole Organisation.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||The Source of Love|
||The Great Conqueror's Concubine|
||Black Cat II|
||Let Me Speak Up|
||Heart Against Hearts|
||The Perfect Match|
||Heart into Hearts|
||A Bite of Love|
||It's A Mad, Mad World III||KO Stanley|
||It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World III|
||Heart to Hearts|
||Love Me and Dad|