Our fondness for listening to stories is in our human nature and cinema is a manifestation of storytelling through sight and sound. Trends and entertainment formats may change, people will be touched and excited by a good film. If a film can tell a story well, it should not be too difficult to attract the audience to the theatres.
Graduated in 1998, Hong Kong native Adam Wong Sau-ping was an art major at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His budding interesting in filmmaking led to his decision to study abroad at The University of Iowa. During his year in the U.S., Wong took advantage of the camera equipments, editing tools and film studies classes to advance his knowledge in filmmaking. His short films Fish (1997), Ah Wai & Murphy (1999) and Glowing (2000) have all won prizes at the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (now Incubator for Film and Visual Media in Asia). Wong had also produced “making-of” pieces for commercial releases such as Three (2002), Golden Chicken (2002), 1:99 (2003) and 20 30 40 (2004). Meanwhile, he taught creative media at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
His feature debut When Beckman Met Owen (2004) was the winner of the Independent Spirit Award at the 1st Hong Kong Asian Film Festival. In 2007, he was nominated as Best New Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards. He then filmed a segment for the omnibus project The Moon (2009), which includes contribution from six other Asian directors. In an effort to help raise awareness and donations for Japanese tsunami victims in 2011, Wong volunteer to shoot the short film Friends, which was featured in a special screening at the Osaka Asian Film Festival on the first anniversary of the tsunami. In 2012, he made another short, The Secret Taste, based on a true story. The Way We Dance (2013), his latest feature, premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and later traveled to The Udine Far East Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, among others, before its theatrical release in Hong Kong. The low-budget independent feature became the surprise hit of the summer blockbuster season, banking in over HK$ 10 million at the box office.
After that, Wong went into pre-production for Root of Love, and has announced plans for the sequel of The Way We Dance 3.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||The Way We Dance|
||When Beckham Met Owen|