Yee Chung-man, also known as Kenneth Yee, was born in Hong Kong in 1951, and is widely seen as one of the top art directors and costume designers in Asian cinema. In addition, he had designed concert costumes for musicians, one of his best known projects the princess outfit for singer Kelly Chen. Over the years, Yee had worked as art director and costume designer for numerous films and has received various accolades. His spectacular costumes for the film Curse of the Golden Flower was nominated for Best Costume Design at the 79th Academy Awards, and received the Best Costume Design Award at the Costume Designers Guild Awards in the United States, which testifies to his standing within the international community.
Yee’s works have been frequently recognized by the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. His work on A Chinese Ghost Story (1987) won for Best Art Direction the Hong Kong Film Awards and was nominated in the same category at the Golden Horse Award in Taiwan. In 1997, he won for Best Art Direction again at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Comrades, Almost a Love Story. Yee won the Best Image Design Award in 2004 at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards for Twins Effect and the Best Art Direction Award in 2006 for Perhaps, Love at the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards. In 2011, Wu Xia was awarded Best Art Direction at the 48th Golden Horse Awards. The following year, he was a double winner at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards, honored with Best Costume and Make-Up Design for The Great Magician and earning the Best Art Direction Award for The Last Tycoon.
Yee had directed two films, Anna Magdalena (1998), starring Takeshi Kaneshiro and Kelly Chen, and And I Hate You So (2000), starring Aaron Kwok and Kelly Chen. Both were critical and box office successes.
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