I became a director because I love films, like every other director. Of the seven arts in film, I seriously studied cinematography, art, writing as well as attended film courses.
I went from being a continuity person to a director, which was a long learning process. After becoming a director, I realized how little I knew. There are no shortcuts to success, and one has to learn how to behave, to be creative, as well as possess management skills in order to be a director. It is all part of the process.
After learning directing skills, I felt I could handle the creative aspect much easier. However, after a time, I felt the lack of understanding in film marketing limited my career development, so I left the director’s post to learn about administration and operation of film. If film was a person, after ten years, I have become familiar with every inch of her body!
Takkie Yeung was born in 1963 in Hong Kong. In the 1980s, he took diploma courses in graphic design, commercial photography and film production. Joining the film industry in 1987, he had worked in various posts including script writing, promotion, management and distribution.
In 1992, Yeung served as assistant director on superstar Stephen Chow’s comedy Fight Back to School, during which he met actor Gabriel Wong, with whom he shared a common vision on films. The two pooled their resources to make Small Potato (1993), written and directed by Yeung and Gabriel Wong. His 1998 work The Pale Sky was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Yeung started teaching film at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
With the support from Siu Luen Fat, Yeung formed B&S Films Creation Works House. Yeung had worked at Golden Harvest for years, starting out as scriptwriter and working in different capacities within the studio, including production, post-production, promotion, distribution and production coordination for foreign films. His familiarity with studio operation helped him streamline his company structure and over five years, B&S Films Creation Works House produced over a hundred films shot digitally and on celluloid, making Yeung a pioneer in digital film production in Hong Kong. The company went public in 2002 on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and became one of the few publicly-traded film companies in Hong Kong.
Yeung formed another company, A Plus Pictures, in 2003, which focused on producing and distributing innovative film and animation works. He had produced and directed two animated films, The Soccer Heroes (2006) and Revenge of the Handicapped (2006) both period action dramas. Between 2011 and 2012, Yeung served as general manager of Mei Ah Hua Tian Xia Film Distribution Company and was responsible for theatre distribution in the whole of China.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||A Decade of Love||MAK Chi Sin Marco YUEN Kin To CHANG Wai Hung Bryan CHAN Wing Chiu LAM Wah Chuen LAM Oi Wah Aubrey LEE Kung Lok CHUNG Kai Cheong Rico WONG Ching Po|
||The Pale Sky|
||A Killer's Expiry Date|
||Web of Deception||TANG Hin Shing Billy|