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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Kay Ming Terry TONG
唐基明 | TONG Kay Ming Terry

I studied fine arts in university and got my first job at TVB. From 1975 to 1980, I had worked as a program researcher and director at TVB, Rediffusion and Commercial Television, and was responsible for directing various popular swordsman series including Meteor, Butterfly, Sword, The Roving Swordsman and Reincarnated.

I started making my first film, Pursuit, in 1980, but halfway through the production, the company changed hands and I was not able to continue. I had to wait another two years before making my debut with The Coolie Killer (1982). Among the actresses I had worked with, Cecilia Yip was very special; she was hardworking and persistent, a very successful actress. Another one, Carina Lau Kaling, her performance in The Gigolo and a Whore was amazing, carrying an unique sense of humor.

So far, I had not made a film I’m completely satisfied with, so I’m still trying!


Terry Tong Kay-ming was born in Hong Kong in 1950. He started his career in 1970, working at various TV stations including TVB, Rediffusion and Commercial Television as researcher and director. Having directed the popular swordsman series The Roving Swordsman and Reincarnated, he was recruited by Bang Bang Film owner, Jimmy Yip Chi-ming, to produce a film for his company. Tong started production on Pursuit, but halfway through the film, the company changed hands and he was unable to finish the project. Two years later he finally got the chance to make his first film, The Coolie Killer (1982), which was nominated for several awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film, Most Promising Newcomer, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. His other works as director includes The Hong Kong Graffiti (1985) and A Gigolo and A Whore (1991), many of which received Hong Kong Film Awards nominations, with The Hong Kong Graffiti winning Best Editing.

Between 1993-2003, Tong was employed at the Community Relations Department of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), producing tele-features related to anticorruption. He joined TVB in 2003 as a producer, but left after nine years to develop projects in Mainland China. Tong is currently a part-time lecturer at the Academy of Film at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he is devoted to nurturing the next generation of filmmakers.

At present, Tong has various TV and film productions in development in China. He had recently directed the first episode of the anthology series ICAC Investigators 2014, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of ICAC, entitled Spider.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1992 《與鴨共舞》
Cash on Delivery
1991 《雞鴨戀》
A Gigolo and a Whore
1990 《販母案考》
A Woman and Her Seven Husbands
1989 《忠義群英》
The Seven Warriors
1985 《女人風情話》
The Hong Kong Graffiti
1983 《黃禍》
The Yellow Peril
1982 《殺出西營盤》
The Coolie Killer