Raymond Wong Pak-ming was born in 1948 and started working for the Radio Vilaverde in Macau as a broadcaster in 1966. The next year, he joined an amateur theatre group in Hong Kong, serving as scriptwriter and director. Before joining TVB as an actor, Wong had been working as a bank manager. After performing in various television series, Wong tried his hands at scriptwriting, first for drama series, then for films. In 1980, Wong formed the renowned Cinema City with Karl Maka and Dean Shek, with Wong owning 9% of the company and taking up the post of chief scriptwriter and planner. Later, he became the chairman of the company.
Cinema City was renowned for its comedies. Its 1982 production Aces Go Places out-grossed competitions like Shaolin Temple (1982) and Dragon Lord (1982) to take in some HK$27 million at the box office, and is still the top Hong Kong movie by attendance to this day. Wong’s other notable works include Till Death Do We Scare, the Happy Ghost series and Kung Hei Fat Choy (1985), all of which grossed over HK$10 million when they were released. In 1991, Cinema City closed its doors after Maka and Shek decided to leave, and Wong eventually formed Mandarin Films Distribution. Soon afterwards, Wong again broke box office records with All’s Well End’s Well (1992), which took in over HK$49 million. The sequel, All’s Well, End’s Well ‘97 (1997), was also a hit, garnering over HK$40 million in ticket sales.
Even during the downturn of the Hong Kong film industry in the late 1990s, Wong continued to produce movies. In 2009, he resigned from the position of CEO of Mandarin Entertainment (now China Mandarin Holdings), and later that year, he also resigned from the company’s board. In 2010, Wong formed Pegasus Entertainment Holdings with his son Edmund Wong, and acted as the company’s CEO. The company had produced such box office hits as Ip Man 3 (2013) and Magic to Win (2011).
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||All's Well End's Well Too 2010||YAU Herman|
||Insanity||LEUNG Siu Hung Tony|
||Happy Ghost 5||CHAN Norman|
||Happy Ghost V||CHAN Norman|
||How to Be a Millionaire||KO Chi Sum Clifton|
||Happy Ghost III||LAM Ringo TO Johnnie|