When I made my first film, Glamorous Youth, most people saw me as a film critic, even though I had worked as an assistant director, producer and scriptwriter in the early part of my career. In making Glamorous Youth, I fulfilled a dream of inviting veteran actor Tai Bo, who has acted in over 200 films, to be part of my cast. For this film, I wrote the script as I shot, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In addition to directing, I am also a scriptwriter, and have been fortunate enough to work with Sammo Hung, Peter Chan and Derek Kwok. To me, the most exemplary person in the film business is Ann Hui.
Philip Yung Tsz-kwong was born in 1979 in Guangdong Province. After graduating from secondary school, he joined the screenwriting and directing training course organized by the Hong Kong Directors’ Guild. In 1998, he started working in the film industry as continuity person, assistant director and assistant art director. He later became a producer, and was responsible for such films as A Side, B Side, Seaside (as deputy producer), Fear of Intimacy (as deputy producer) and The Cat of Hollywood (as producer). He became the secretary of the Film Cultural Centre in 2002, and strived to promote video and film culture in Hong Kong. He is also a film critic and long time member of the Hong Kong Film Critics Association and Hong Kong Film Critics Society, having written for such publications as City Entertainment, AM730, Wen Wei Po Daily News, Hong Kong Film Magazine and Beijing’s Film Art magazine. His 2005 documentary, Lei Yue Mun, was shown at the Venice Biennale.
Yung’s debut feature, Glamorous Youth (2009), participated in various international film festivals, such as the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival, the 27th Filmfest München, the Asian Film Festival in Rome and the 4th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum. Glamorous Youth was selected as the Hong Kong Film Critics Society’s recommended film, and Yung was nominated for the Best New Director at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards. The same year, Yung served as the jury for the FIPRESCI award at the Golden Horse Award in Taiwan, the Quality Chinese Film Awards and the Chinese Film Media Awards, as well as acted as producer for the documentary Gold Rush, which participated in the Macau International Film Festival.
In 2010, Yung collaborated with architect Lam Wai-yee on an installation, Chun Yeung Street, which participated in the Venice Biennale. He also directed an episode of an RTHK series. In 2011, Yung’s project, Port of Call, was the recipient of the HAF award at the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum. Yung has also worked on many films as a scriptwriter in recent years, including Rigor Mortis (2013), directed by Juno Mak, and As The Light Goes Out (2014), directed by Derek Kwok. His latest work as a director was May We Chat (2013), which he co-wrote with Lou Shiu-wa.
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