Not listening to teachers in school - daydreaming
Going to the cinema to watch films- seeking dreams
Wanting to become a director soon after joining the industry- dreaming
The job of a film director- making dreams
Tonight, let us all become - characters in dreams.
Simon Yip Fai-wong, who made experimental Super 8mm shorts in his youth, started in the industry as assistant director on New Wave pioneer Alex Cheung Kwok-ming’s first film Cops and Robbers (1979). He went on to work as assistant director on various productions, including Encore (1980), directed by Clifford Choi; Man on the Brink (1981), directed by Alex Cheung; Return of the Deadly Blade (1981), directed by Taylor Wong; The Security (1981) and Marianna (1982), directed by Cheuk Pak-tong and The Flying Mr. B, directed by Wong Jing.
Yip joined Shaw Brothers in 1982 and served as producer on films such as Mercenaries from Hong Kong (1982), directed by Wong Jing; Let’s Make Laugh (1983), directed by Alfred Cheung Kin Ting; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (1983), directed by Alex Cheung and Men from the Gutter (1983), directed by Nam Naichoi. He later worked for D&B Films as a producer and was responsible for productions like Night Caller (1985) and From Here to Prosperity (1986), directed by Philip Chan Yan-kin; Silent Love (1986), The Wrong Couples (1987) and Mr. Handsome (1987), directed by John Chiang (aka David Chiang), and Porky’s Meatballs, directed by Clifton Ko.
It was at D&B that Yip made his directorial debut, with the campus youth drama Conduct Zero (1986). Leaving D&B, Yip worked closely with Clifton Ko on a number of films as producer, including Mr. Coconut (1989), How to Be a Millionaire (1989) and City Squeeze (1989), as well as serving as line producer on Daddy, Father, Papa (1991) and Gambling Ghost (1991).
In 1990, Yip directed the sex comedy The Wildgoose Chase, starring the writer-composer-actor James Wong and produced by Ko. The same team regrouped again on Stooges in Tokyo (1991) and James Wong in Japan & Korea (1992), loose sequels of the 1990 film. In 1993, Yip acted as executive producer on Vendetta, directed by Tony Leung Siu-hung, and as producer on Lover’s Tears (1996), directed by Lee Kwok-lap, and The Final Night of the Royal Hong Kong Police: One Body Two Flags (1999), directed by Lau Shing-hon. Over the years, Yip also made cameo appearances on numerous film productions.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Stooges in Tokyo|
||The Wildgoose Chase|