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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Kiwi CHOW
周冠威 | CHOW Kiwi

Film is my mentor for life, growing up with me and teaching me how to act as a person. It’s only natural that I want to give back to it. I decided during secondary school to devote my life to film. Be it research, teaching or in a creative capacity, it wanted to pursue everything about film.

A student once asked me how to write a script with depth. I didn’t answer from a perspective of craft, saying instead that one should seriously try to be a good person. Only by seriously trying to be a good person can one understand human nature and to be compassionate and to have depth. This is an endless pursuit, a lifelong quest. Because film is art.

Film triggered in me curiosity towards others and compassion towards others. This is an answer film taught me.


Kiwi Chow Kwun-wai was born in Hong Kong in 1979. He studied directing at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), making the short piece Nian (2003) in his sophomore year and his graduation project Grandma’s Room (2004) won the Best Director award of the school. Upon graduation, he worked in the film industry on continuity, assistant directing and editing; he also served as director and editor on the making-of feature of the martial arts film Fearless (2006) and other films.

In 2005, Chow started teaching at his alma mater, HKAPA, as guest lecturer. He also continued to make short films, his 16mm work Upstairs (2006) winning awards at several local and international film festivals. He also scripted and directed A Good Thing (2009), Sensitive (2010) and My White Balloon (2011). Furthering his studies, he obtained a Master’s degree at HKAPA in 2013.

The same year, he finished his debut feature A Complicated Story (2013), which was screened at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2013 《一個複雜故事》
A Complicated Story