My father passed away when I was very young and I grew up in a poor family. The only joy I had as a child was found in movies. At that time, the front seats in matinee shows cost only 20 cents, and cinemas became a refuge to me, a place in which I could laugh, cry, love, hate, be excited and relieved. Movies provided me with a buffer from reality.
Little did I know that what started out as escapism would become a true love, one that allowed me to absorb many positive values. Films like Kurosawa’s Ikiru and Akahige (Red Beard), as well as Man of La Mancha changed my pessimistic view of life and gave me a taste of the magic of cinema. They made me realize that aside from entertainment, films could also provide deeper meaning. That’s why in the end, I went from being a moviegoer to a filmmaker.
Alex Cheung Kwok-ming was born in Hong Kong in 1951. He fell in love with the audio visual world at an early age, and started making 8mm experimental films as a young man. He formed an 8mm film club with fellow aficionados, and held regular filming and screening events.
Cheung participated in the Hong Kong Experimental Film Competition in 1973, and won three awards out of five (John Woo and Freddie Wong were the other two award recipients that year.) That same year, he made another 25-minute 8mm short that was invited to participate in a film festival in Iran. Cheung’s talent was recognized by veteran director Chor Yuen, who invited him to become his scriptwriter.
Cheung later joined Rediffusion TV to produce promotional clips, and then switched to the film unit at TVB to produce dramatic series such as CID, Young People, First Time, Taxi Driver, Bespectacled Cop, Mystery Beyond and African Documentary, etc. Cheung entered the film industry in 1979 and directed Cops And Robbers, produced by Teddy Robin and Vicky Lee Leung, which established him as one of the key figures of the Hong Kong New Wave. He followed up in 1981 with Man On The Brink, which earned him the Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. Man On The Brink was later chosen by Yazhou Zhoukan as one of the 100 Greatest Chinese Films of the 20th Century, and in 2011, the film was selected by the Hong Kong Film Archive as one of the 100 Must-see Hong Kong Movies. Aside from making feature films, Cheung also directed many commercials in Hong Kong as well as Indonesia and Taiwan.
Cheung began working for the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to produce anti-corruption TV series, and joined the Commission full time in 1998, and has been making TV series and shorts for it since.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Made In Heaven|
||Danger Has Two Faces|
||Twinkle Twinkle Little Star|
||Man on the Brink|
||Cops and Robbers|