Yeung Kuen was born in Guangzhou in 1931 and moved to Hong Kong in 1948. He loved films growing up, often cutting classes to attend. He also kept notes and wrote comments, laying the foundation for his future career as scriptwriter and director. In 1956, he entered the film school ran by famed actor Wang Yuen-lung, studying writing and directing while working to pay for tuition. Teachers included renowned directors like Li Han-hsiang, Doe Chin and Tu Kuang-chi and fellow students include future stars like Pat Ting Hung and John Lo Mar. Finishing his studies as the school’s first generation of graduates, Yeung raised money with other students to make Flying Corpse on a Foggy Night (1959), serving as writer and director. Unfortunately the film was denied release because of its unknown cast. The film was lost for over 50 years until a copy was located in recent years by the Hong Kong Film Archive.
In 1959, Yeung worked continuity for Tu, then joined the Cantonese cinema company Tao Yuen, serving as assistant director to such famed directors as Lung To, Wu Pang, Mok Hong-si, Fung Fung, Wong Tin-lam and Chor Yuen. Mok was his mentor and they worked together on 27 films in a span of four years, including the famous Connie Chan Po-chu series Lady Bond (1966-1967).
Yeung took up the director’s helm again in 1967, making Lady in Pink with Josephine Siao and Woo Fung. In the next 30 years, he had directed over 40 films, in different genres, with different approaches.
His best known films are Lucky Seven (1970) and its sequel Lucky Seven Strike Again (1970). Labeled as erotic films, they actually offer vivid portraits of the sexual repressions of working class men. Another outstanding series is The Country Bumpkin (1974) and its sequel The Country Bumpkin in Style (1974) as well as Enjoy Longevity-300 Years (1975), all of which explore the conflict between tradition and modernity, country and city.
In his 50s in the 1980s, Yeung remained active, working steadily in various genres, including the youth films The Daring Age (1981) and The Drummer (1983), the latter starring a young Leslie Cheung. He joined Shaw Brothers in 1983, maintaining a steady output of works, a pattern he managed to keep into the 1990s, with hits like The Revenge of Angel (1990) and Candlelight’s Woman (1995).
Yeung later immigrated with his wife to the United States and passed away in New York in 2012 at age 81.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Legend of 2 Dragons|
||The Revenge of Angel|
||My Mind, Your Body|
||My Darling Genie|
||Seeding of a Ghost|
||Hell Has No Boundary|
||The Daring Age|
||Duel of the Seven Tigers|
||Poison Rose and the Bodyguard|
||Their Private Lives|
||The Smart Guys|
||Big Leap Forward|
||The Drug Queen|
||Learned Bride Thrice Fools the Bridegroom|
||The Prodigal Son|
||The Hunter, the Butterfly and the Crocodile|
||Don't Call Me Uncle|
||Enjoy Longevity-300 Years|
||The Country Bumpkin|
||Tenants of Talkative Street|
||The Country Bumpkin in Style|
||Chinese Kung Fu|
||The Young Girl Dares Not Homeward|
||Lucky Seven Strike Again|
||I Will Remember You Always|
||Let's Sing and Dance to Celebrate a Peaceful Year|
||Let's Build a Family||NG Wui LEE Tit WU Pang|
||Lady in Pink|
||Flying Corpse on a Foggy Night|