Born in Hong Kong in 1973, Edmond Pang Ho-cheung developed a desire to be a director after watching John Woo’s action classic A Better Tomorrow (1986) in his secondary school years. At 14, he started to make short films with family members. After dropping out of school in Taiwan at 19, Pang returned to Hong Kong and joined Asia Television Limited (ATV) as a scriptwriter for its comedy and variety department while writing film reviews and novels on the side. In 1995, he became the screenwriter for Jan Lamb’s short film Out of the Blue. In 1997, Pang was employed by Commercial Radio Hong Kong as program host as he celebrated the publication of his novel Fulltime Killer, which was adapted by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai into a feature film in 2001.
His 1999 short film Summer Exercise won the Distinguished Award at ifva (now Incubator for Film and Visual Media in Asia) and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 36th Golden Horse Film Festival. He founded Making Films Productions in 2001 and directed his first feature You Shoot, I Shoot. The dark comedy was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 21st Hong Kong Film Awards. His 2003 film Men Suddenly in Black was honored with Best New Director and Best Supporting Actor at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards while being nominated for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Music at the 40th Golden Horse Film Festival. In 2006, his film Isabella was the only Chinese-language film to be selected for the Main Competition at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival, where it was awarded a Silver Bear for Best Film Music, an award composer Peter Kam would pick up again at the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards. The father-daughter drama was also the winner of the Orient Express Section Grand Prize and Best Actress award at the Directors’ Week.
In 2007, Pang adapted his novella collection Trivial Matters into a feature film that was nominated for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Make Up & Costume Design at the Golden Horse Awards. His 2010 romance Love in a Puff was the winner of Best Screenplay at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards. Its sequel, Love in a Buff (2012), was the third highest grossing Chinese-language film of the year in Hong Kong while star Miriam Yeung was named Best Actress at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards.
Pang’s 2010 horror film Dream Home won Best Actress and Best Makeup Effects prizes at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. In 2012, the Pang-directed Vulgaria became the second highest grossing film in Hong Kong of the year while collecting Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards. Both films provoked much debate and controversy at the time of their releases because of their risqué approaches.
Pang was also known for being a producer. He produced Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan’s Lover’s Discourse (2010) and Gary Mak’s SDU: Sex Duties Unit (2013). He continues to write columns and serialized novels for Chinese and Hong Kong newspapers and his latest films—Aberdeen and Women Who Know How to Flirt Are the Luckiest—will be released in 2014.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Love in the Buff|
||Love In a Puff|
||Beyond Our Ken|
||Men Suddenly In Black|
||You Shoot, I Shoot|