I had directed only one film, 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife. I wanted to direct because I wanted to prove that “I can!”. The greatest reward after finishing the film was learning to look at film from a different perspective. From behind the scene, I learned to appreciate the crew’s hard work. Following the project from start to finish, I experienced as director what an actor would never have. Do I still want to direct? Not that I can’t, but I had been away from it for very long and it would take a script that really stimulates my thoughts. For now, I believe I only want to be a producer.
Chung Chun-to (Kenny Bee), born in Hong Kong in 1952, started his showbiz career in music. He played in bands at 14 and was a professional singer by 15. In 1973, he joined The Wynners as singer and keyboardist. The band became very popular and Chung found himself hosting music programs on television.
Let’s Rock (1975) and Gonna Get You (1976), film vehicles created for the band to capitalize on its popularity, introduced Chung to film. He then starred with singer Chelsia Chan in the romances Chelsia My Love (1976) and Rainbow in My Heart (1979), which were hits in Taiwan, prompting Taiwan director Li Hsing to cast Chung in his The Story of A Small Town (1979), which won Best Feature Film at the Golden Horse Awards and established Chung as a leading man.
He stayed in Taiwan between 1979 and 1982, making over 20 films, including the Golden Horse Best Feature winner Good Morning Taipei (1979) and two films directed by a nascent Hou Hsiao-hsien, Cute Girl (1981) and Green Green Grass of Home (1982). Occasionally returning to Hong Kong, Chung starred in Ann Hui’s A Spooky Bunch (1980) and Monkey Business (1982), the latter produced by Go Go Film, which Chung formed with bandmate Antony Chan.
Chung moved back to Hong Kong in 1982, enjoying a fruitful acting career that included turns in such renowned films as Alfred Cheung’s Let’s Make Laugh (1983), Tsui Hark’s Shanghai Blues (1984), Patrick Tam’s My Heart is Eternity (1989) and Antony Chan’s A Fishy Story (1989). In 1993, he appeared with the Wynners in The Tigers – The Legend of Canton, a reunion celebrating the band’s 20th Anniversary. More recent films include Together (2012) and The Rooftop (2013).
An accomplished musician, he had also scored and sung in many films, including Let’s Make Laugh, Prince Charming (1984) and The Illegal Immigrant (1985).
Adding another dimension to an illustrious career, Chung directed 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife (1986), written by Alex Law and co-starring Chow Yun-fat, Anita Mui and Joey Wong. The film is a marital-conflict comedy marked by delicious dark humor and deft comic timing.
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